Data Art is something that I encountered during The Media Festival Arts 2010. It’s quite a cool concept, because the project aims to engage people in visualising information as contemporary media form. This is a collaboration between BBC Learning Innovation and the Centre for Research in Education, Art and Media (CREAM) at the University of Westminster. The University of Westminster’s contribution to this project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and it will run over a period of 22 months that started on November 1st 2009.
Data is all around us. Public and private institutions are waking up to the fact that releasing data is not only politically useful in an age which values transparency, but can also foster innovation, improve services and reduce costs.
The Data Art project has the aim of teaching the skills needed to interpret this data by visualising it in creative ways.
Data Art has developed data visualisations of the BBC’s output including news information from around the world, web articles, music, data, and video and learning resources.
Have a look at what they’ve already produced.
You can take part too. The team is interested to hear your thoughts and feedback whether you are a pro or a complete novice to the subject.