Public 2.0 was yesterday

Public 2.0 was yesterday and was really interesting. Overall, the content was more relevant to certain elements of my teaching than anything else i do, though David Gauntlett, who chaired the morning session was flyering for his new book: Making is Connecting
The content looks too relevant to miss, so i’ve bought it on amazon.

anyway, here’s my brief notes and decent links from the day:
Ian Forrester talked about working in the R&D dept at the BBC and how he shared most of his life via social networking… he talked about ‘self tracking’ and ‘the quantified self’. i don’t think i could open up that much, but it’s useful for work.
http://quantifiedself.com/

Simon Rogers from the Guardian gave a brilliant presentation about curating data and ‘data journalism’.
he pointed out that one of the first people to visualise complicated data was Florence Nightingale…
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/aug/13/florence-nightingale-graphics
there’s more relevant-to-work stuff here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/data
Google Fusion tables appear to be the way forward for getting my students to do decent data viz stuff: http://www.google.com/fusiontables/public/tour/index.html
here’s a good example of things he showed: Afghanistan war: every death mapped
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/jun/23/afghanistan-deaths-mapped
he also reminded us that good design really matters, and that “The only questions left will be answered by computers, because only computers will know what to ask.” James Cameron 1969.

up next was Roland Harwood from http://www.100open.com/, among other things, he mentioned his old boss, Chris Powell, at NESTA pointed out that ‘Networking’ was only one letter away from ‘Not working’, only 1% of people who watch video on YouTube actually post videos on YouTube, and something like 9% do something with what they have watched… which i thought were interesting stats. he also quoted J. G. Ballard “The future reveals itself through the periferal.”
after lunch Drew Hemment from Future Everything spoke about what FE does. he wasn’t feeling too well, but still gave an interesting presentation. its good to see how far something which i remember going to in 2000 becuase Merzbow (i fell asleep during the gig) was playing at has gone. he’s written some interesting stuff which i have stashed away as pdfs somewhere… here’s a link to his texts on his website: http://www.drewhemment.com/texts/

Ruth Catlow from furtherfield talked about artists using social media and message lists. the idea of DIWO (do it with others), rather than DIY was interesting – here’s a link to a search: http://www.furtherfield.org/search/node/diwo. Its about ‘adapting the DIY ethos to work together with the relationships (between people, machines, their behaviours and stuff) made possible by networks.’

Rob Meyers then talked about Art Open Data, but i was feeling the effects of crap air-con by then, and was struggling to remain interested. here’s his website though, something to have a look through: http://robmyers.org/

The final section of the day began with Santiago Oritz showing projects he works on creating data viz stuff. he works with Simon Rogers on stuff for the Guardian, along with building ways for anyone to experiment with open data.
he showed http://www.impure.com/ which is an amazing way to get started with data viz and i will have to use that with my teaching.
here’s his other link: http://www.bestiario.org/ which has some pretty amazing stuff on it!

we were also shown the work for the data art exhibition which was taking place in the gallery next door. Harry Robbins and Gavin Baily (i think) talked through various projects here: http://www.data-art.net/. other things to look at which expanded from this were geocoding wikipedia articles with google maps, and newstraces here: jungle.bbc.westminister.ac.uk

Overall, the conference was really interesting, although not directly related to the content of this blog, it was good to see people from different areas brought together to talk about how they used data visualisation. anyway, i found out about a decent looking book and, looking at the links above, there’s some great stuff to take into my teaching next year.

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