Data Walking is a research project exploring the potential of walking to gather environmental data and then through visualisations build a rich picture of that area, gain insight, and share knowledge.
In this workshop we will work together in pairs or small teams. We will walk Patras with the eyes of a data anthropologist, and we will try to collect useful data about a theme during the walk.
Data collection will take place through notes (pen and paper) and pictures (mobile phones). After the walks we will examine the data and how to visualise it in different forms.
This might be your first moment working with data, or you might be very experienced. You might be interested in particular issues, or a technical aspect. As a group remember to accommodate the different experience and skill levels you each have, common and differing interests, and take this as an opportunity to learn from and with one another.
Data Walking is a framework for people to engage with their surroundings and produce visual responses initiated by first hand data enquiry. For this workshop you must maintain an open, inquisitive, and scientific mind; with a willingness to experiment with how to gather data and how to visualise data.
WHAT IS DATA?
Data is facts and statistics collected for reference or analysis.
Data is a set of values of quantitative or qualitative variables.
Field data is raw data that is collected in an uncontrolled "in situ" environment.
Examples of data include:
WHAT IS DATA VISUALISATION?
The representation of information in the form of a chart, diagram, picture, etc.
Data visualization refers to the techniques used to communicate data or information by encoding it as visual objects (e.g., points, lines or bars) contained in graphics. The goal is to communicate information clearly and efficiently to users.
BAR & COLUMN CHART
Every Building on the Sunset Strip
Notice that although these are presented as designed visualisations, almost all of them have gathered their own data.
During the walk and over the day, what can we learn about a place, not just by the quantity of something but the characteristics of that something?
It is not just that there is a lot of litter in a place, but the type of litter that gives us insight into human activity.
How focused should we be in what we gather data on? If we are too focused do we miss something else interesting, if we are too broad do we lack the detail to make interesting insights?
When deciding an approach and method, is it appropriate to the theme, time frame, and what you want to gain from the workshop?
Each team should decide together what theme they want to gather data on and how. You may gather data on multiple themes and consider the interrelationship between different aspects.
Drawings, measurements, abstract mark making, notations, counts, words, quantities and qualities
Consider scope and consistancy of:
amount, size, characteristics, usage, shadiness, openess
FLORA & FAUNA
amount, size, types, diversity
amount, characteristics, litter bins
air quality (perceived/measured), noise, visual
amount, characteristics, signage, wayfinding, advertising, posters, flyposting, graffiti
amount, characteristics, cameras, fences, physical control measure, guards, bike locks
amount, characteristics, type, cars, trucks, motorbikes, bikes, speed, traffic, stationary, parked, interactions, arguments/incidents
amount, density, characteristics, occupation, behaviour
age, style, condition, characteristics, function, usage
0900: Meet and walk to the venue
0930: Project introduction & workshop briefing
1000: Teams & Themes: deciding what to gather data on and how
1400: Prototype visualisations (pen & paper/software) examining: