Local Data Design Lab

The Local Data Design Lab is focused on bridging the substantial divide between two complimentary, but largely disconnected areas of work: data studies and data visualization. The first is an area of scholarly inquiry that has emerged recently in response to the phenomenon of Big Data and seeks to make sense of data from a social perspective. The second is a form of design practice, which produces informative and expressive interfaces to data. It is influenced by, but more publicly oriented than the sub-field of computer science called information visualization. The goal of this crossover research is to develop new models of visualization that inform and engage, but also prompt reflection on the nature of data and the work that they do. Our projects take on a variety of interrelated forms:

  • Empirical data studies that can inform practice in data visualization
  • Data visualizations that support or embody our studies of data
  • Hands-on workshops that enable others to engage critically with data

Beyond its impact in scholarship and practice, the research of the Local Data Design Lab has the potential to improve data literacy in the public realm and is rapidly finding purchase in education, journalism, advocacy and planning—all of which struggle to keep people informed in the face of Big Data.

The lab is now accepting letters of interest from potential applicants to the MS or PhD programs in Digital Media at Georgia Tech. Please contact Yanni Loukissas directly if you would like to learn more:

Email:
yanni.loukissas [at] lmc [dot] gatech [dot] edu

Address:
Technology Square Research Building
85 5th Street NW, Room 209
Atlanta, GA 30308

  • News

    08.10 "A place for Big Data: Close and
    distant readings of accessions data
    from the Arnold Arboretum" was just published in Big Data & Society. Read the article online here

    08.01 "Taking Big Data apart: local readings of composite media collections" was just published in Information, Communication, and Society. Read the article online here

    06.16 I have lots of travel coming up. I will be in New York for Critical Visualization, then Vancouver for Information+, and finally Brighton (UK), where I'm co-organizing a workshop at the Design Research Society.

    04.07.16 I will be talking about "The Life and Death of Data" as part of pyData Atlanta on April 7th @MailChimp

    03.14.16 Big Data, Local Data, Counter Data: three competing strategies for imagining the future. A blog post about our work on housing data.

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