Three preparatory workshops were held to support prospective exhibitors to develop their ideas and plan the execution of their respective installations.

Workshop 1 (held on 18 May 2016)

Slides from proceedings are available.

10:00 – 10:30 _ Coffee & registration
10:30 – 10:45 _ Introduction to project & micro-funds
10:45 – 11:15 _ Activity: Research interests – 30 seconds of madness
11:15 – 11:45 _ Activity: Research interests – collective research mapping
11:45 – 12:00 _ Talk: “What is data? What are the benefits of collaboration?”
12:00 – 12:45 _ Lunch & networking
12:45 – 13:00 _ Talk: “What is an installation? What can you make with data?”
13:00 – 13:30 _ Activity: What data do you produce?
13:30 – 14:00 _ Activity: Spaghetti data structures
14:00 – 14:15 _ Vote for data structures & group formations
14:15 – 14:30 _ Wrap up & what’s next

Photo of participants brainstorming with post-it notes at the workshop.

Participants discussing their research data during Data-X Workshop 1

Workshop 2 (held 15 June 2016)

In total 25 PhD researchers and technologists gathered from a range of disciplines and support facilities for an informal networking opportunity and further chance to scope potential data installaiton ideas. Many thanks to James Howie from ASCUSS for his participation and presentation. James has a PhD in Geoscience from the University of Edinburgh and is co-founder of ASCUS Art & Science, a non-profit organisation who work with partners and practitioners from the Arts and Science to create innovative trans-disciplinary projects to engage new and wider audiences and facilitate innovative public engagement with both fields.

A special thanks also goes to the project team for the smooth and efficient delivery of the programme and for aiding transition of idea into nascent collaboration.

Participants at the workshop

PhD researchers at work on a research mapping sculpture

Workshop 3 (held 29 June)

Thanks go to all who attended and participated in our third workshop where we discussed ‘enablers’ i.e. tools, skills, research data, and resources that will help enhance data-intensive research productivity and shape our groups to progress towards an ‘installation’.

Participants in discussion at the workshop


Thank you goes to Dave Murray-Rust, James Howie and Siraj Sabihuddin for demonstrating and discussing both process and practice in terms of their own projects and experiences. The full slideset can be viewed (and downloaded) from: See also the Data: Tools, Skills, Resources booklet (PDF) to accompany the workshop.

A presentation being given at workshop 3

In order to build on collective energies we set up a DATA-X discussion forum and mailing list ( ) in order to share expertise, skills and ideas.

We explored the idea of ‘collective intelligence’ i.e. pooling our skills, energies and aptitudes along with those of technologists, coders, and developers towards a common goal (exhibition, symposium, catalogue). The aim was that as groups emerge there would be interest in supporting each other and a desire to fill gaps in other groups where certain skillsets might be lacking.