Feel the Heat: A World Temperature Data Quilt – Nathalie Vladis & Julia Zaenker

Holding the increase in global average temperature to well
below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursure efforts
to limit temperature increase to 1.5° C above pre-industrial
levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the
risks and impacts of climate chang.

(Article 2, Paris Agreement, 2015)

feel-the-heat: world temperature data quilt

How much do we really want to feel the heat if the blanket is extended in
future? Can we prevent it from getting uncomfortable? No more than 2°C
– that is the target set by the United Nations in the Paris Climate Agreement.
What does this number mean and how close are we to the threshold? Climato
-logist are assembling huge data sets to describe global mean temperature
change over the last century. The HadCRUT4 global temperature data set com
-piles monthly temperature time series data from 4800 stations across the
world. The data is expressed in deviations from the average temperature between
1961 and 1990. As numbers are often hard to grasp visuliastion of the
data set can help us to literally “feel the heat”. Numer-ous representation have
been developed using computer code and plotting tools. They are the inspiration
behind the World Temperature Data Quilt which aims to bring the data to
life in the real world. Colorful tiles representing the temperature deviation in
each month over the last years form the building blocks of the blanket. Sewn
together the quilt enables us to see connections and better understand climate
history and possible future trends.


o ire – Professor Nick Fells

o ire = live audio for solo laptop with ambisonic surround sound. Field
recordings, old records, Dictaphone tapes and performance on a Sequential
Circuits Pro One synthesiser become audio data subjected to multiple
stages of dislocation and disruption temporally and spectrally. Sound data
are re-ordered and represented with spatial dynamics – inward/outward,
here/there, through and between. Through improvisation, performance
controllers imprint their data, activating, deactivating, sculpting and shaping
the sounds live as the piece unfolds.



Data-X Exhibition and Symposium – Date for your diary!

You are invited to the opening reception of the Pioneering Research Data (Data-X) Exhibition in the Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh on Friday 25 November 2016. The opening will start at 5.00pm with a drinks reception, snacks and live performances, and end at 8.00pm.

Data-X is a University of Edinburgh IS Innovation Fund initiative supported by the Data Lab and ASCUS. It brings together PhD researchers from the arts and sciences to develop collaborative ‘installations’ which will explore data re-use and disciplinary boundaries.

‘Installations’ will take the form of digital sculptures, simulations, performances, soundscapes, interactive exhibits, 3D structures, machinery, visualisations.

The exhibition runs from 26 November – 6 December 2016 in the Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art, Main Building, 74 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9DF

To accompany the exhibition a symposium will be held on 1 December 2016 in the Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art. PhD researchers will formally present their ‘installations’ alongside guest speakers including Dr Jane Haley (Edinburgh Neuroscience / FUSION) and Dr James Howie (Co-founder of ASCUS).

To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-x-symposium-tickets-29076676121 or contact: Stuart Macdonald, Data-X Project Manager (email: stuart.macdonald@ed.ac.uk)



Welcome to the Pioneering Research Data Exhibition Blog – DATA-X.

A showcase of Postgraduate research

Are you a postgraduate research student, an innovator or interested in interdisciplinary collaborations? The DATA-X Pioneering Research Data Exhibition provides a dynamic platform for University of Edinburgh researchers across all Schools to join forces and present their work to audiences from within and outside the university.

As researchers, we are continuously producing data in a myriad of forms. The ways in which our data are captured, organized, interpreted, presented and stored are often invisible and complex to comprehend to the public and our peers. Evolving technologies and data-rich, researcher-driven environments provide new opportunities to share, publish and communicate research results. This broadening of access to and availability of research data can be used to engender new research ideas and open up avenues for collaboration, further leveraging the value of a research investment.

The DATA-X exhibition aims to demystify the world of research data through diverse, dynamic and data-driven ‘installations’ and explore how data is transforming our world. Through collaborative data ‘installations’ you will bring your research and data to life. The ‘installations’ are aimed at impacting the public and your peers directly through a creative exhibition. ‘Installations’ can take the form of hand on demonstrations, digital sculptures, simulations, performances, interactive exhibits, 3D structures, machinery, visualisations.. You are only limited by your imagination!

All University of Edinburgh postgraduate researchers at any stage of their degree, and working in any subject area were invited to participate

1. Workshops

A series of ‘engagement’ workshops were held to inform and shape the exhibition. The DATA-X workshops aimed to bring together researchers to form dynamic multidisciplinary teams to produce new ‘installations’ linked to digital research data objects. Research groups were encouraged to explore synergies in a supportive, interactive and fun environment to find new ways in visualizing, materializing and communicating their research data that is both accessible and inspirational for peers and to non-experts audiences. Workshops also afforded the opportunity to network and collaborate with peer researchers from across the university and earn micro funds towards your multidisciplinary ‘installation’.

The first workshop was held in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Old Medical School Building on 18 May 2016 for research students to get involved in shaping, collaborating on and delivering exciting and innovative multi-disciplinary data ‘installations’. A second workshop was held on 15 June on the King’s Buildings campus, and a third in the McMillan Room, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Old Medical School Building, William Robertson wing (Teviot Place).

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2. Exhibition Launch & Publication
The DATA-X exhibition will showcase innovative research data installations and demonstrate cross-disciplinary outcomes that will act as tangible research outputs in their own right. Research teams worked over the summer and autumn to construct their ‘installation’ and with a view to presenting research outcomes at the Pioneering Research Data Symposium i where researchers can present and demonstrate tools and technologies, processes and techniques behind the data installation. This event will be informal and an open forum to facilitate discussion with a range of academic and non-academic audiences. The DATA-X Exhibition itself will run from 28 Nov. – 6 Dec. 2016, after which the Data-X team will publish an exhibition catalogue as record of the initiative.

Project Management
DATA-X, funded by the Information Services (IS) Innovation Fund, will be managed by the Data Library, a service that provides local researchers with support for finding, accessing, using and managing research data. Exposure to both research workflow and resultant output will inform both Data Library and broader Research Data Service initiatives about diverse Research Data Management (RDM) practises and how future services can be developed and tailored to meet university, funder and researcher needs.