Data is the new media

Data is the new media

Data storytelling, data journalism, and even data fiction – since the advent of Big Data, we find data more and more as tool of narratives. With pattern recognition, exploratory data analytics, and especially with data visualization, data has re-centered from the quantitative to the qualitative. More and more applications support us in using data to tell a story. Dashboards like Tableau or DataLion plug into our data sources and translate the numbers into a visual format that can be much more easily digested. Even highly multivariate data can deliver straightforward meaning to us when we use tools like Gephi, or say, the notorious Palantir. These tools also make social media analytics and text mining feasible techniques to research society, advertising, and markets. Data driven storytelling has conquered most non-fiction publication. News publishers like New York Times or The Guardian employ huge teams of infographic specialists to enrich their reports with meaningful data visualization. Some of their editors have put together awesome collections of beautiful examples, e.g. informationisbeautiful.net. Our most personal data however is generated on our mobile and wearable devices. On our smartphones, wristbands, or smartwatches, some twenty sensors continuously track our behavior and our actions. There is a plenitude […]

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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 remember the elderly complaining about „information over saturation“ or even „overload“ when I was a child, in the early 1980. 30 years later, the change of guards comes to my generation. „But once a sponge is at capacity, new information can only replace old information.“ Things like that we read in random articles every day. But what is this information that people are so afraid no longer to get, when the deluge of data has taken over? What is data? Data is the raw-content of our experience – primary the sensory readings that get conveyed into our minds, secondary the things we measure when we try to make experiences. I don’t want to get too philosophical here, but there are quite a few thinkers who share my discomfort with connecting […]

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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 we want to share some of our findings with you and motivate you to join our discussion about the meaning of the data . We want to create Data Fiction. Today, we start with some sensor data collected by our explore app – the smartphone’s battery status including the loading process. Below you see sample data for our user’s behavior during the week (Feature Visual) and at the weekend (Figure 1). Figure 2: Smartphone Battery Status (weekend) (Datarella) In Figure 1 you see that most users load their smartphones around 7 a.m. and (again) around 5 p.m. What does that tell us? First, we know when most users wake up in the morning – around 7 a.m.. Most probably they have used their smartphones‘ alarm functions and then connect their devices to the power […]

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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. 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. DATA, APP & COMPLEX EVENT PROCESSING ENGINE 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 […]

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