University of Southampton
Data is one of these tools to help us understand how our opinions, how our feelings, how our thoughts, how our fears, how our ambitions and hopes actually connect up to what is real – that we are not just making things up.
Our culture has two contradictory was of thinking about data; we see it as a way of supporting claims with evidence, making them more reliable, but we also see data as manipulation to a higher degree, as indicated in the adage that there are “lies, damned lies, and then statistics…”
What is it that makes staring at a spreadsheet dull, but playing a puzzle game interesting and memorable? How can we leverage this to make data more engaging both in specific scenarios, and more generally?
I want to contribute to tools and theories that make us more aware of how our perspectives, our experience, our tools and our preconceptions influence the stories we are able to tell with data.
The Open Data Institute
I feel that it’s important to present different sides to the story, giving citizens the power to make their own choices. Working with artists and interrogating data creatively can help us understand this in broader and deeper ways.
I’m interested in data as one of the multiple means we use to ‘evidence’ and capture ‘realities’, revisit and even relocate presumed truths or facts and tell true or completely fictional stories.