Adventures in Data Visualization

Project background
Adventures in data visualization is a summer workshop dedicated to explorations into the field of data visualization by means of computational design approaches and technologies. The 2017 we focused on creating VR visualizations.

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Team
Fabio Franchino (tutor), Serena Cangiano (coordinator), Giovanni Profeta (coordinator & tutor), Fabian Frei, Marco Lurati (fablab expert).

Role(s)
Co-tutoring the workshop with a focus on ideation and design.

Overview
Adventures in data visualization VR edition is a summer workshop dedicated to explorations into the field of data visualization by means of computational design approaches and technologies.

By accessing and manipulating open datasets, the participants design and develop projects that make raw data perceivable through virtual reality experiences. The workshop offers an opportunity to reimage common data experiences into virtually perceived worlds to create new and novel user experiences.

The projects can make use of storytelling, experimental, artistic or information design techniques and approaches. Data is the material, VR is the medium.

The workshop activities are based on design and programming sessions in which participants develop a project individually or in teams. The workshop is an intensive educational course featuring hands-on activities and peer to peer learning.

During the workshop tutoring sessions and resources are provided according to the design goal of the participants’ projects. The tutoring sessions point to transfer the fundamental knowledge of web technologies, in particular, of popular software libraries such as D3.js, The main programming language of the workshop is javascript/D3js, but participants can choose a different prototyping platform or other web technologies depending on the goal of their project.

Open data
Adventures in data visualization VR edition focuses on the opportunities of leveraging the power of using Open Data for creative projects. Participants will be introduced to Open Data and its ecosystem of values and resources: OASI web, the platform of the Environmental Data Lab of Canton Ticino, will be used as one of the main repository of open datasets available for the development of the VR experiences.