Very interesting post by Steve of C5. When data has no obvious physical analogy, it is an
excellent situation for artists to be involved, imagining a form where none exists. I
think of artists working with nanotechnology as another example.
I wanted to add something to Steve's comment about the public accessibility of data
and how important this is. I'm sure C5 is aware but others on the list may not be
aware that there has recently been a debate in the USA about public accessibility of
national weather service data, a bill to ban public access to the data was introduced in
2005 by one of our favorite (NOT!) representatives.
The contentious politics of climate change data and science is well known.
I would be curious to hear from list members about other issues you know of related to
Date: Tue, 30 May 2006 00:22:38 -0700
From: steve durie <steved(a)posthypnotic.com>
Subject: [Ada_list] SCANZ introductions: TRANS SOUND/DATA_Andrea
Polli, C5, Adam Hyde_May 25 - June 7
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I think the only thing I can add to this subject is that the
democratization of data along the boundary of the sicence and lay
communities are making really interesting collaborations.
Besides the opportunities where artists are sifting through data that
in the past has been the purview of the science community it is
working in both directions.
I think of all the Boinc Network computation projects like seti@home
, which speak to this accessibility and
mobility of data and computation between the science and lay
communities. Its science by opensource participation. sort of.
Regarding GPS as an example. We can imagine that some of the data
which will be created by public leisure will become more useful for
science as well. When GPS cellphones takeoff and leverage a GPSmap
google database, we can only guess at the volume of personal
naviagational and tracking data that could be of enormous use to
various scientific and engineering disciplines.
Not to ignore the surveillance/control aspect of all of this, the
continued democratization of IT, may equalize the usefulness between
the data of the lay community and the data of scientific methodology.
Not much to say at the moment about what we will be doing
specifically at SCANZ yet.
Other than to say will be doing some mountain-climbing and continued
work on Landscape Initiative.
Thats all for now.
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