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.
Connecting data gathering and data visualisation fields as one connected workflow, learning through a process of experimentation.
Allowing participants to bind together around a number of access points, be it a shared interest in an area, an issue, a technique, or a peer-to-peer exchange of skills and knowledge.
The project began by joining Mnemonic City on artistic walks as a way to trigger memories, stories, and reflections. I took an interest in this method combined with a desire to explore technology and data, and the urban environment and started Data Walking.
Create data gathering device
Test device works!
Walk and gather data
Reflect and refine...
4 walks over 24 hours with production of data cylinders and exhibition at Barbican Centre
Weekend walking and gathering data using smartphone photos
12 walks over 12 months with students from Graphic Design, Design & Coding, and Post-Graduate program. Sharing of data online, collating techniques & responses into a functional report.
We have generated a lot of data measuring light, noise, temperature, air quality, people, and photographs all tied to a specific time and location.
All of the data and photographs gathered, as well as most of the code created on the project is shared freely on github at: