DATA Play 10
Past, Present and Future

Rolle Marquee, University of Plymouth

Friday 1 November 2019
9.30am to 4.30pm

DATA Play 10 was a great day with some reflection on past challenges and some really interesting discussions around how open data and technology can help in the future.

The day was supported by our friends at The Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab and it was great to see so many old friends and new faces attending their first play day. The Rolle Marquee at the University of Plymouth was a really great venue and the room was soon buzzing with ideas and creativity.

The day included talks from:

  • Mike Phillips (i-DAT): Data sense
  • Richard Abrahams: Visualising synesthesia
  • Lauren Ansell (Sustainable Earth Institute): Using social media data
  • Matt Longman (Devon and Cornwall Police): Stop and Search
  • Zoe Sydenham (Plymouth City Council, Natural Infrastructure Team): Influencing future green infrastructure
  • Lucy Knight (Applied Data Skills): Data x Design
  • Katharine Willis (UoP) and Martin Howitt (The Data Place): On the ground implementation of tech in relation to green spaces
  • Theo McCaie (Met Office): Pangeo

DATA Play 10 challenges

Natural Infrastructure

Help us create parks for the future: parks that celebrate nature and biodiversity; parks that deliver healthy environments for people; parks that are fit to adapt to climate change and parks that celebrate Plymouth’s local history and character.

Come and share your ideas for how technology can help us do this. We hope to be able to award funding to some of the best ideas with practical applications.

Some of our challenges/ideas. Feel free to expand and develop these, or come up with your own:

  • Digital noticeboards to tell people what is going on.
  • Maps you can ask questions of.
  • Ways to capture data in the park such as air quality/bird/people movements and share it meaningfully and creatively to influence use and maintenance of the park.
  • We are planting an arboretum for the future at Central Park – can you help us show the public what it will look like in 50/100 years’ time?
  • How we can use mapping/GIS data (linked with smartphones) to interpret historical, wildlife and other features of interest around the Hoe?

Devon and Cornwall Police

We want to use this event to find new ways of improving the way we use Stop & Search powers which reduces crime whilst maintaining public confidence.

  • We want ideas about how we can use this data and visualise it in ways that help people see what is being delivered, how and where.
  • We want to present data in a way that engages people across the city, whilst presenting some of the key facts and messages around Stop & Search.
  • We want to use data to help us communicate with the right people, in a way that encourages them to talk back.
  • We want to know what data can tell us about which communities and demographics are most affected by the use of Stop & Search powers.
  • We want to find connections between those affected by Stop & Search and other services they may use in the city. This will allow us to shape our prevention work within our communities and build confidence with those who may experience Stop and Search.

Data Sense

How come, with the not inconsiderable investment in environmental data science and climate change modelling, we are so surprised by the climate emergency? For all our data literacy, our ability to ‘feel’ data is a missing ingredient in our ability to change our behaviour.

As Allegra Fuller Snyder suggests “Literacy creates distance”, how can we dive into data meaning using human data narratives, game play and storytelling to ensure things are felt a little closer to home, rather than somewhere far away? Its not just about numbers, what playful strategies can be developed to give data meaning.

Behaviourables and Futurables

Many of our challenges are about enabling people to change behaviours. By looking at our past behaviours we should be able to understand why we are behaving so badly now, and possibly imagine our potential futures.

Behaviourables and Futurables anticipate design strategies for visualising and modelling urban and rural activity, drawing on a variety of data sets (environmental, civic and financial) to build models of the past, present and potential futures.

“We are very much concerned with generating futuribles – maybe that’s because the more we can dream up alternative futures the more changeable the present can become.”
Roy Ascott, BEHAVIOURABLES AND FUTURIBLES. Control, London, 1970, Nº 5

  • How can we understand complex human behaviour by exploring the entanglement of multiple data sources?
  • Are there things we can wear, share and show that reveal the complex interplay of reveal our complicity in our shared behaviours?

View the previous challenges

Rewards and prizes

On the day we were offering prizes and rewards if people completed the eight mini tasks we set:

  • Produce a visualisation from the data we’ve opened on the DATA Place or another data set that is related to the city
  • Submit an idea or solution to a challenge
  • Think up a new city challenge that is related to open data or technology
  • Visit our Impact Lab, Police and green space friends
  • Speak to someone you don’t already know
  • Attend a talk
  • Contribute to the DATA Play 10 map
  • Provide feedback on the day

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