From data collection to knowledge dissemination and communication: challenges & opportunities

13/10/2022 @ 15:30 - 18:30

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic numbers, graphs and rankings have become widely shared, thematized, politicized and depoliticized…  At the same time, the fragility and provisionality of such data has been widely reported on, with concerns around the under-reporting, non-reporting and classification of cases, as well as growing awareness of the societal and political implications of different kinds of data from sources—from hospital figures to research estimates to self-reporting to transactional data from tracing apps. The pandemic has broadened awareness of not just using but also critically reporting on numbers and data.(Jonathan Gray, Liliana Bounegru)

The Sound of Data Collective has teamed up with Luxembourg’s National Institute of statistics and economic studies (STATEC) to organise a conference where experts and practitioners will discuss the challenges and opportunities around innovation in data modelling and popularization, data journalism and data-driven communication. And in this context investigate what data sonification and data visualization can bring to the table.

Keynote speakers Duncan Geere and Miriam Quick will start off the event with a presentation entitled “A Sonic Vocabulary: Turning Data into Sound and Music with Loud Numbers.” The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and a Q/A session with the public.

Duncan Geere is an information designer based in Helsingborg, Sweden, interested in climate and the environment. He works to communicate complex, nuanced information to a wider audience for clients like Information is Beautiful, the Gates Foundation, and Project Drawdown. He currently works part-time for the climate charity Possible, and he’s also a generative artist and musician.

Miriam Quick is a data journalist, researcher and author who explores novel ways of communicating data. She has written data stories for the BBC, worked as a researcher for Information is Beautiful and the New York Times and co-created artworks that represent data through images, sculpture and sound. Her first book, “I am a book. I am a portal to the universe“, co-authored with Stefanie Posavec, won the Royal Society’s Young Person’s Book Prize 2021.

Duncan Geere and Miriam Quick are the founders of the Loud Numbers data sonification studio, and the hosts of the Loud Numbers podcast.

Panel discussion participants: Tom Haas (Head of Unit, Statec), Emma Schymanski (PI, Environmental Cheminformatics, LCSB), Miriam Quick (Data Journalist, Researcher, Author), Jamie Perera (Composer, Producer, Sound Artist).