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

Exciting news! The Alan Turing Institute will be hosting a Data Study Group 8-12 April 2019 PhD students, post docs and early career researchers are invited to participate and solve real world problems (travel expenses and accommodation available)…

Explore an Interactive Version of The Wall of Birds, a 2,500 Square-Foot Mural That Documents the Evolution of Birds Over 375 Million Years Retweeted by DataStories

Our #ODIFridays lunchtime lectures tell inspiring stories about data's impact to widen the discussion around it. We're looking for more speakers for 2019, so please recommend people you'd love to hear speak or let us know if you have a project or message you'd like to share. Retweeted by DataStories

Data Stories @ the Open Data Institute Summit
The Open Data Institute Summit - first started in 2013 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Sir Nigel Shadbolt, and Jeni Tennison OBE - is a meeting...
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Tribes, Treasure Hunts & Truth Seekers @ Birmingham Open Media
Tribes, Treasure Hunts & Truth Seekers is a series of workshops in collaboration between the University of Southampton, the Open Data Institute, and Birmingham Open Media...
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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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