Smart cities? This spring, Madrid is keeping a close watch on Big Data

Through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, debates, datatones and guided tours many different topics will be discussed, such as information visualization, data mining, collective mapping and collaborative data collection, the policies of information access and reuse, the practices of institutional and government transparency, data security and online privacy.

 

Pertes de l’armée française dans la Campagne de Russie,  Charles Joseph Minard. 1869

Pertes de l’armée française dans la Campagne de Russie, Charles Joseph Minard. 1869

 

This spring Madrid becomes the city of Big Data, bringing together different organizations and initiatives in a program of activities that explores the creative, social and political practices related to data. The centre of Madrid will host two exhibitions, among other activities related to Big Data: BIG BANG DATA , housed in the Espacio Fundación Telefónica, and OJO al DATA, a series of events and activities related to the exhibition to be held simultaneously in Medialab Prado.

 

Tele Present Water, David Bowen © Gunnar Knechtel

Tele Present Water, David Bowen © Gunnar Knechtel

 

OJO al DATA is a project promoted by Medialab -Prado that addresses this contemporary phenomenon of great importance: the exponential increase in the volume of information that scientific, economic, social and cultural processes are generating everyday. This explosion of data is being taken advantage of to manage cities more efficiently, or to advance scientific research, while at the same time raising critical questions about the safety and control of data, people’s privacy and access to information.

On the other hand, Big Bang Data is the second instalment of an itinerant exhibition commisioned by the CCCB in Barcelona, which is now showing in Madrid’s Espacio Telefónica. This exhibition attempts to show data in many of its forms, to understand its importance and trascendence in our daily lives.

Through exhibitions , lectures , workshops , debates, datatones and guided tours many different topics will be discussed, such as the techniques and methodologies of information visualization and data mining, data journalism , collective mapping, collaborative data collection; the access and reuse of information policies (Open Data, Open Science), the practices of institutional and government transparency,  data security and online privacy.

 

 

In the Air application, Nerea Calvillo.

In the Air application, Nerea Calvillo.

 

OJO al DATA Exhibition. Data culture, economy and politics

March 17-June 6
Location: Medialab -Prado

Do you want to know how many cars pass everyday through your street, what is the state of air pollution right now, or where does the food you eat come from? The exhibition presents an itinerary throught he different ways of working and narrating with data, through a series of projects developed at Medialab-Prado since 2007.

Projects presented in the exhibition:  Avis Data, Casas Tristes, Cascade on Wheels, Crowdcrafting.org, The Data Citizen Driven City / Air Quality Egg, In the Air, #madridenbici, MercaMadrid: Una topología visual de la red de flujos de los alimentos, Cartografía colaborativa.

 

World Processor, Ingo Gunther© Jose Betancourt

World Processor, Ingo Gunther© Jose Betancourt

World Processor, Ingo Gunther© Jose Betancourt

World Processor, Ingo Gunther© Jose Betancourt

 

Big Bang Data Exhibition
March 14 – May 24
Place: Espacio Fundación Telefónica

Is data the new oil, a source of potentially infinite wealth? Is data the ammunition loading weapons of mass surveillance? Or will it be, above all, an opportunity, a tool for awareness, prevention, efficiency and transparency, a tool for building a more transparent and participatory democracy?

Big Bang Data explores the phenomenon of the information explosion we are currently experiencing.The last five years have seen the emergence of a generalized awareness among academic and scientific sectors, government agencies, businesses and culture that generating, processing and above all interpreting data is radically transforming our society.

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Prison Uniforms (Chris Jordan) © Chris Jordan Photography, 2007

Prison Uniforms (Chris Jordan) © Chris Jordan Photography, 2007

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We all generate data, with our mobile phones, sensors, social networks, digital photographs and videos, purchase transactions and GPS signals. What is new is that it is increasingly easy to store and process these vast quantities of data that detect patterns (of incidents, behaviour, consumption, voting, investment, etc.). This fact is very quickly and completely changing the way decisions are made at all levels.

Taking part in the project are creators such as Christopher Baker, Chris Jordan, Ingo Gunther , Erik Kessels, David Bowen, Aaron Koblin, Eric Fischer, Near Future Laboratory, Bestiario, along with investigators, activists, designers, educators, analysts, cartographers, engineers, economists, architects, communicators, programmers, journalists and many others.

 

Exit, Diller Scofidio & Renfro. 2008

Exit, Diller Scofidio & Renfro. 2008

 

Between March and May 2015, Fundación Telefónica is organizing the third instalment of “Living in a Sea of Data”, a series of events whose this year’s title will be “Big data: the Internet in things and people”, which will investigate global trends of Big Data, its use by large corporations and its specific applications in the field of health, sport and marketing.

Fundación Telefónica has also developed an educational program of tours and workshops for schools, families, teenagers and general public on the concept of Big Data. The activities will meet the world of sensors and “the Internet of Things”, as well as visualization and interpretation of the data that is used daily and the digital trail left in society.

 

 

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