Data Stories

About Us


Professor Elena Simperl is the Principal Investigator of the Data Stories project, and is Professor of Computer Science at King’s College London, and a fellow of the British Computer Society.

Professor Leslie Carr is Professor of Web Science at the University of Southampton and Director of the Web Science Institute.

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.

Dr Tom Blount is a researcher in Web and Internet Science at the University of Southampton, and is leading the work on data games and storytelling tools.

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?

Dr Laura Koesten is a researcher at King’s College London, and is leading the work on data search, data reuse and data summarisation.

I want to contribute to tools and theories that make us more aware of how our perspectives, our experiences and our preconceptions influence the stories we are telling with data.

Dr Julie Freeman is an Art Associate at the Open Data Institute, and translates complex processes and data from natural sources into kinetic sculptures, physical objects, images, sound compositions and animations.

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.

Hannah Redler Hawes is an Associate Art Curator at the Open Data Institute, and specialises in art and technology, art and science and emerging artistic practice with an interest in participatory process.

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.

Our Partners

University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is one of the most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom. It is ranked in the top ten of research led universities in the UK, and participates in a high number of collaborative research projects and related initiatives.

King’s College London is also a top-ten UK university, and the fourth oldest university in England, with a long and prestigious history of world-leading education, research and service.

The Open Data Institute was co-founded in 2012 by the inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and AI expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt to address today’s global challenges using the web of data.

Birmingham Open Media is a centre for art, technology and science dedicated to creative innovation with purpose. BOM hosts exhibitions and events that explore topical issues in digital culture and science which impact on human lives.

FastFamiliar are a “recovering theatre company”, who now design and create audience-centric experiences which involve elements of performance, game and installation.

The Bureau Local is a collaborative, investigative network revealing stories that matter to communities across the UK, in conjunction with regional and national news outlets, local reporters, and technologists.

The Parliamentary Digital Service works with the House of Commons, the House of Lords, and Parliament staff on their IT and digital needs.

The British Broadcasting Corporation is the world’s oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees.

Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm helping business and organisations evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations.

Full Fact is the UK’s independent factchecking organisation. They provide free tools, information and advice so that anyone can check the claims we hear from politicians and the media.

MundoJumbo is a Sheffield-based company that has created public programmes covering a range of locally relevant topical themes such as the Hack the City datathon series and Air Quality+

The Office for National Statistics is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.

Represent is a democracy platform for voting and deliberation that connects citizens and decision makers together.