A research project exploring data gathering & data visualisation

About Data Walking
Data Walking Story
Phase One: Stratford — Barbican
Phase Two: Amsterdam
Phase Three: North Greenwich
Workshops & Presentations
Workshop Brief
Data Walking Idea Generator

Data Walking is a research project exploring the potential of walking to gather environmental data and through multiple walks and visualisations build a rich picture of that area. The project examines technology and tools for creative data gathering and experimenting with data visualisation, to create tools, gain insight, and share knowledge.

The project has been through a series of distinct phases and resulted in a number of international workshops and presentations at events and conferences. There have been a variety of outcomes from data sculptures to printed publications. The North Greenwich phase resulted in a 96 page report featuring the visualisations of renowned designers, studios, educators and students, as well as practical advice on beginning your own walks or workshops, and tools to try out.

If you would like a copy of the report please email me at: mail{at} with a postal address to send the report to.

The book has been sent to over 100 cities in 25 countries across all the continents of the world except Antarctica. People who have requested the book include academics, students, designers, programmers, data scientists, journalists, planning & civi authority workers, artists.

Much of the data and photographs gathered are shared freely on github at:

Please use the data to create visualisations, maps, artistic responses, and even tools for the making of more creative outcomes using data. Let us know what you come up with, we'd love to feature it on the website!

Also on this website is a generic Data Walking workshop brief that anyone can use for a one day or two day (or more) workshop with a group of people. Briefs based on this have worked with groups from 6 to 60 participants in number. I have made a generator tool to help create ideas for gathering and visualising data from a walk. And there is a list of online resources.

Data Walking is a research project by David Hunter, which has received finding by the Ravensbourne Research Office.