Data Stories

Data Stories

Engaging with data in a post-truth environment

About the Project

How do we engage with data in a post-truth society? Data Stories is an EPSRC-funded project that aims to find out. Through an approach drawing from the disciplines of machine learning, game design, crowdsourcing, social and political sciences, creative writing, visual arts, and more, we aim to explore how people engage with data, by making it more relevant, more interactive, and more easily shared.

In the post-truth society we live in, experts must find novel ways to bring hard, factual data to citizens. Data must entertain as well as inform, and excite as well as educate. It must be built with sharing through social channels in mind and become part of our everyday activities and interactions with others. Data Stories will look at novel frameworks and technologies for bringing data to people through art, games, and storytelling. It will examine the impact that varying levels of localisation, topicalisation, participation, and shareability have on the engagement of the general public with factual evidence substantiated by different forms of digital content derived and repurposed from a variety of sources. It will deliver the tools and guidance that community and civic groups need to achieve broader participation and support for their initiatives at local and national level, and empower artists, designers, statisticians, analysts, and journalists to communicate with data in inspiring, informative ways.

About Us

The Principal Investigator of Data Stories is Professor Elena Simperl, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton and part of the Web Science Institute. We are working with a number of partners including the University of Southampton and the Open Data Institute. For a full list of partners, read more here.

Data Stories on Twitter

New Medium from @uk_ce article on mine and @hannah_redler's collaborative approach to working with artists and technology at @ODIHQ and where we've come from. A lovely chance to reflect on our roots and inspirations...… Retweeted by DataStories

Data is the back bone or the spine for our stories. Data is what holds the validity. #datajournalism #IODC18 Retweeted by DataStories

This is how a TV network tells a spectacular data rich story - using the latest technology to create a visualisation that fills in the gaps in your imagination. @datastoriesuk… Retweeted by DataStories

Data ethics should be a key consideration when planning to use data, particularly data about people that might be personal in nature. In the #IODC18 session on Data Ethics, @ODIHQ's @JeniT and the panel explore issues around how data stewards are handling data ethics Retweeted by DataStories

Data Stories – exploring data engagement
Do citizens engage more with data if it is designed to be findable, interesting and relevant,  as well as informative? by The Open Data Institute...
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Are Tweets That Invoke Data More Likely to Be Shared on Twitter?
Does the invocation of data effect the likelihood that a message will be shared? Does data generate trust, helping messages to propagate? Or is data...
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Data and Storytelling Workshop
On Jan 23rd, we ran the Data and Storytelling Workshop at the ODI HQ in London, which explored how data can drive stories in a...
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Workshop on Data-Driven Video Storytelling @ The University of York, March 19th
To kickoff a new project on Personalised Video Storytelling for Data Engagement, in Monday March 19th the University of York (in collaboration with BBC R&D, The Open...
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