[Humanist] 23.449 events: open data & visualisation

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Nov 19 07:18:43 CET 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 449.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 13:46:58 -0600
        From: Ana Boa-Ventura <anaventura at mail.utexas.edu>
        Subject: Visualizar'09 - an interesting approach

Dear Humanists,

Visualizar'09 is currently taking place at Medialab-Prado in Madrid  
(Nov12- 27). The workshop follows an innovative and gripping call for  
proposals put out by José Luis de Vicente (member of Bestiario), in  
which applicants were asked to submit large public data sets that they  
are working with (or want to work with) from their research  

Project tutors are working with the participants in the return of data  
to the public domain in visually compelling, impacting and actionable  
ways. These tutors include members of the outstanding SF-based  
“Stamen” and Barcelona/Lisbon based “Bestiario” teams.

The workshop follows an international conference with the same focus:  
the intersection of the open data movement and information visualization

This is how Ben Cerveny (Stamen facilitator at Visualizar’09)  
described the approach on a personal email now made public:)

“[…] we encouraged applicants  to do research on which datasets in  
their field of interest had already been released into the public  
domain.  In some cases, we accepted people into the workshop who work  
for agencies that have generated large amounts of data that they are  
interested in making public, but do not yet understand the full legal  
and technical process.  We will most likely be producing a document  
based on the workshop which outlines some of the process  
recommendations for approaching public institutions [from the inside  
or the outside] about opening up datasources”.

If you are against the privatization of (the type of) data that by  
definition should have no owner, and against the intellectual property  
of facts, stay tuned for the results of Visualizar’09.

Ana Boa-Ventura
Doctoral candidate, University of Texas at Austin
The Global Middle Ages http://www.laits.utexas.edu/gma/mappamundi/
Personal page: http://www.ana-morphosis.org (in progress)

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