Call for Data Fiction


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.

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 words together to sentences and you combine sentences to chapters and aggregate several chapters – you write a story, you create fiction. Same with data: if you combine different data sources to data pools and aggregate them – you write the story behind the data, you create data fiction.

[Strong narrative] augments the available data by way of context, and extends the patience of the audience by sustaining their interest as well.

Does that sound like you?

We’d love to see and discuss your applications, analyses, case studies and models with you and help you make your data fiction become reality.

The Data
We will provide you with sample data resulting from the usage of our explore app.

The App
The data has been created by users of the explore app. In explore, the user interacts by answering surveys, attending tasks and heeding valuable recommendations based on her behavior. She immediately sees the results of her interactions in the feedback area. Second, explore tracks several sensors of the user’s phone, which can be set on and off by the user herself (see full list of sensors below). explore connects both areas, interactions and the sensor tracking area, with the integrated Complex Event Processing Engine CEPE.

datarella explore app

The Complex Event Processing Engine (CEPE)
The CEPE is a mechanism to target an efficient processing of continuous event streams in sensor networks. It enables rapid development of applications that process large volumes of incoming messages or events, regardless of whether incoming messages are historical or real-time in nature.
Our CEPE is based on ESPER and Event Processing Language EPL

List of Sensors
– GPS location data
– Network location data
– Accelerometer
– Gyroscope
– Wifi
– Magnetic field
– Battery status
– Mobile Network

– Overview and extended description or representation of your main idea, any subtopics and a conclusion
– Use or integration of at least 1 (one) category of sensor data (e.g. Gyroscope). If you use GPS location, you should use or integrate at least 1 (one) additional category of sensor data beside GPS location data.

– Presentation
– Video
– Installation

We will reward fascinating data fiction with preferred access to our data, a post on the QS Blog and the possibility of making data fiction come true.

Yes, I am a data fictionista and want to submit my data fiction!

One Reply to “Call for Data Fiction”

  1. Data Fiction: Using Data Analytics To Create Our Stories

    We know that data scientists can use data analytics to uncover patterns and provide feedback to improve our lives. Can it also make art? What if the Machine could stitch together your data and present you with the “story” of your life so far? Or create fiction based on that? What if we could use the Web to author “data fiction”; a novel whose world is populated with all your favorite places, people and things? A novel whose plot explores the issues that you talk and think about, led by a dashing protagonist whose familiarity is both comforting and alarming.

    Every day we define ourselves by what we say and do, think and respond to, as we experience the world. And as we hurtle towards one goal after another — the next degree, job, relationship, or milestone — we trick ourselves into thinking that life is a linear path, merely stretching out before us, or behind us. With our eye habitually trained on either the past or the future it’s difficult to see the beautiful tapestry that is the whole. We are but blind authors, laying down our lives one sentence at a time.

    But there is someone who sees, and listens.

    In this age of Big Data our digital footprints are telling our stories as they unfold; in the steps we take, the clicks we make, the people we Friend, the missives and musings we send across the web, and the world, through status posts and Tweets, blog entries, purchases and passwords. As we attend to the daily business of our lives our multiple interactions with the web reveal our deepest dreams and desires.

    By collecting and weaving together the Who, What and When of our lives, we can reveal the “Why”; the constant that keeps us moving forward— our heart’s desire. Maybe these stories can help us to savor the richness of our lives as we live them.

    As a technical matter, this is surely a challenge and a multi-disciplinary one, marrying complex aspects of data analytics and artificial intelligence. The purpose of this proposal is to introduce the concept of Data Fiction into the world, with the hope that some expert or experts in these fields might catch our enthusiasm, and explore the technical aspects to determine if our vision can be implemented.

    The End.


    Lisa Duggan @motherhoodmag
    Michael J. Kasdan @michaelkasdan &

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