During the EU presidency of the Netherlands in the first half of 2016, an Arts & Design program is taking place, titled ‘Europe by People, the future of everyday living’. As part of this program, a temporary FabCity Campus is realized on the Java-island, where the future of Europe will be explored. In the run-up to the campus, every month Pakhuis de Zwijger will organize events around the initiatives that will participate. Tonight we will talk about sensoring: collecting data from behaviour and translating it into meaningful information.
The way we collect data improves fast. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the amount of data we produce and replicate is doubling every two years. New techniques and methods allow us to collect more, faster and better data than ever before. Smartphones, tablets, cars, and security camera’s: they are all around us every day and they all collect data while we use them. These data alone do not tell us much, but when combined and analysed in the right way it can provide lots of information.
Nowadays, the way we analyse our data is also improving fast. We are more able to analyse the right data, at the right moment, in less time. With the outcomes of these analyses, we are more able to predict the changes in and around our lives. Whether it is about the environment, crowd management, or to predict emotions.
How do we collect data? Which information can we translate into data? How do we analyse the data? For what purpose do we collect the data? And do we want the share all the data?