Update: Due to COVID-19 the symposium is postponed to the 26th and 27th of November 2020 and will be held virtually. If you’d like to join you can register via Eventbrite (link below) and we’ll keep you posted!

At the DataStories Symposium 2020 we will explore how people engage with data to create stories.

Data is represented in different ways to allow us to understand and make use of it: in numbers, in text, in visualisations, in interactive stories and other forms. Data stories are relevant to many areas of our life – they are part of the news, of how we engage with science and research, they inform our decisions and they help us explain the world.

We are getting more and more aware that data should excite as well as inform and be engaging as well as educating. Data should be presented in a transparent manner that allows different perspectives and supports us in understanding the uncertainties attached to it.

The DataStories Symposium 2020 will bring together experts from academia, industry and the third sector to discuss, generate ideas and inspire future interdisciplinary collaborations aiming to explore Human Data Interaction in relation to storytelling with data.

Contributors and guests include: researchers, data journalists, data artists, computer scientists, curators, game designers, amongst others.

We will have three exciting keynote speakers, interactive sessions and lightning talks to showcase ongoing work and to discuss current challenges around datastories. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Experiencing data through storytelling, art and games
  • Narrative practices for data stories
  • Data representations: narrative visualisations and other forms
  • Human Data Interaction 
  • Making sense of data and uncertainty
  • Transparent reporting in data journalism

Currently confirmed speakers include: Anna Feigenbaum, Andrew Tatem, Milena Marin, Benjamin Bach, David Caswell, Phil Harvey, Caelainn Barr, Michele Mauri, Kathleen Gregory.

Please register your interest here.

The event is free of charge but spaces are limited and we will be looking to invite a diverse mix of people from a variety of backgrounds, fields and practices.

23rd June: 10:00 – 13:00Introduction
Keynote 1 & discussion
Lightning talks
23rd June: 14:00 – 18:00Keynote 2 & discussion
Choose 1 of 3 hands on workshops**
Panel Session “Current and future challenges for data stories”
24th of June: 10:00 – 13:30Keynote 3 & discussion
Lightning talks

**The hands on workshops will include: a data visualisation workshop by Nick Holliman, a collaborative data game experience by Fast Familiar, and an intro to data storytelling design cards by Anna Feigenbaum and Alexandra Alberda.

Organised by: Laura Koesten, Elena Simperl, Jonathan Gray, Nick Holliman

*Title image by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash