Democratizing data, Uni Bern

My talk on 27 June 2016 called “making machine-usable information also more human-usable” at the University of Bern for the 2nd meeting of the Data Visualization Group is available as online slides here. Thanks to Janik Endtner for the invitation.

For the talk I imported and geocoded the #euref data in this Google Fusion Table.


In a future talk I’d like to go into more detail on the topic of intent + consequence, and explore these six keys to data literacy:

✓ source
✓ license
✓ link
✓ code
✓ logic
✓ context

To find out more about Open Knowledge visit, and check out our project to start a School of Data in Switzerland.

The Swiss Open Cultural Hackathon takes place again in Basel this week. Later this month I’m running a course at SUPSI called Adventures in Data visualization.

“Oh God, the terrible tyranny of the majority. We all have our harps to play. And it’s up to you to know with which ear you’ll listen.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Notes from my talk on May 23, 2018 - on the program:

There was a brief introduction to the project I’ve been working with Open Knowledge on, showing how we have been making use of Data Packages and the various lightweight tools at to promoting open data at hackathons - notably through workshops, boilerplates, datacentral and dribdat.

I shared my affinity for (high performance! R/MATLAB/Python inspired! machine learning! Jupyter notebooks! multiple dispatch! ok, maybe that last one didn’t come across so well…), and talked about my experience porting Data Packages. I did my best (it worked better last month, when I had more time) to explain analogies of data and software containerization.

Then I ran through a quick demo of the project, for which I’ve built a Flask app to upload and annotate GeoJSON using the WIP geospatial profile, the datasets - actually models, because they are outputs of various analyses we are running to mock up the platform. I’m aiming at taking the basic principle of geocat and combining it with - the “distributed CKAN”.

My third talk at the Data Visualization Group shared a hands-on, “tangible data” project which I produced with the Cividi team, and shared on this forum earlier this year.


Many thanks to fellow speakers, the event organizers from the Research Center for Digital Sustainability, @n0rdlicht for collaboration and prep help, and to all who presented their inspiring work and stuck around for the exchange that followed! Pictured above: David Büsser und Luca Eusebio.