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Data stories: from facts to fiction

Data stories: from facts to fiction

The image above is taken from “Marx Engels Werke” (MEW): Marxism is the most prominent example of what postmodernism calls a ‘Grand Narrative’. Marx and Engels took all kinds of data, drew their conclusions, and told the one story that made sense from what they found. Un poème n’est jamais qu’un alphabet en désordre. (Jean Cocteau) Our time is perhaps the time of an epidemic of things. (Tristan Garcia) I […]

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A Bit of Data Science – What Your Battery Status Tells About You

A Bit of Data Science – What Your Battery Status Tells About You

Working with lots of data, the biggest challenge is not to store or handle this data – these jobs are far from being trivial, but there are solutions for nearly any kind of problem in this space. The real work with data starts when you ask yourself: what’s behind the data? How could you interpret this data? What story can you tell with this data? That’s what we do and […]

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The design of the explore app – The Datarella Interview

The design of the explore app – The Datarella Interview

Today, we speak with Kira Nezu (KN), Co-founder of Datarella, about the design of the explore app. Q The explore app is available for Android smartphones only. What is the reason not to launch an iPhone version, too? KN We started to develop explore as a so-called MVP, a Minimum Viable Product. We chose Android to start with since it offers more variety regarding sensor and phone data. So we only test […]

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User interaction with the explore app – The Datarella Interview

User interaction with the explore app – The Datarella Interview

Today, we speak with Yukitaka Nezu (YN), Co-founder of Datarella, about user interaction with the explore app. Q The explore app provides two key elements: sensor tracking and social interaction. You are responsible for the social interaction part. Could you tell us more about it? YN There are three different kinds of interactions among the editorial team and our users: – Surveys – Tasks – Recommendations With the surveys we ask […]

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Boost your wellbeing and happiness with the explore app program SMILE!

Boost your wellbeing and happiness with the explore app program SMILE!

Too much workload, stress and ultimately the burnout – that’s how many people see their everyday life. One way to handle the negative aspects of daily routines is to make it to the weekend (TGIF), another is to go on vacation. Whereas the first tactic is easy to realize but only helpful to a certain degree, the latter is possible once or twice a year for most of us. But […]

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Big Data Product Development – The Datarella Interview

Big Data Product Development – The Datarella Interview

Today, we speak with Joerg Blumtritt (JB), CEO and Co-founder of Datarella, about product development based on Big Data. Q What is so special about product development based on Big Data? JB Big Data is not so much about technology, it’s more about letting go your traditional business practices: where you used to differentiate between data and meta data or between master data and transitional data, you now just see […]

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Call for Data Fiction

Call for Data Fiction

DATA FICTION – THE STORIES BEHIND THE DATA Do you read science fiction? Can you make data interesting? Can you tell the story behind a pool of data? Are you a data fictionista? Submit your data fiction by August, 15. People, animals, plants and things produce data – a lot of data. The data itself is the basic resource – like words are the basis for language. If you put […]

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Cyborgs and Transhumanism

Cyborgs and Transhumanism

“The most human thing about us is our technology.” McLuhan “I don’t feel that I’m using technology, I don’t feel that I’m wearing technology, I feel that I am technology.” is how Neil Harbison relates himself to the technology, that he built to enhance his senses: Neil has overcome his color blindness with a special head mounted device that translates the color-composition of his field of vision into tunes. He […]

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Sympathy with Machines

Sympathy with Machines

“Of course, robots are a common sight these days.” “She’s – she’w not like a machine. She’s like a person. A living person. But after all, she’s much more complex than any other kind. She has to be.” Philip K. Dick, Nanny Our perception of the world is a tricky thing. We think of the sight that our brain derives from our eyes as connected to reality as such. But […]

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“Mobile Data: Under the Hood”

“Mobile Data: Under the Hood”

The slides of our talk at Munich DataGeeks Meetup: “A smartphone is a mighty array of sensors. How to access the data, and get meaningful information from the various readings, like geo-location, gyroscope, accelerometer, or even the magnetic flux. We also discuss the ehtical implication of mobile tracking: informational self-determination, “other-tracking” vs. self-tracking, and how to do spooky things with apparently innocent measurements.” Mobile Data Analytics from Joerg Blumtritt

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