Datacatcher

  1. This films features highlights from two Datacatcher walking tour events in 2015. The first was at the Digital Design Weekend at the Victoria & Albert museum on the 26th & 27th September and the second took place during the Radical New Cross festival on the 14th November. The film captures informal feedback from participants who borrowed Datacatcher devices to explore the local area around each event.

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  2. This video is a compilation of edited clips that documents participant's experiences with the Datacatchers, from initial deployment through to the end of the 10 week field trial - Duration 37 mins.

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Datacatcher

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The channel features 54 videos made by independent documentary filmmakers about individual participants living with a research prototype called the Datacatcher, made by the Interaction Research Studio, Goldsmiths. The Datacatcher is a mobile device with…


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The channel features 54 videos made by independent documentary filmmakers about individual participants living with a research prototype called the Datacatcher, made by the Interaction Research Studio, Goldsmiths. The Datacatcher is a mobile device with a screen on one end and a large control dial set in a recess underneath. Short sentences appear on the screen every few seconds, providing facts about the surrounding area. Topics include average house prices, typical income, the number of pubs or of GP surgeries. Turning the dial one way scrolls through all the messages that have appeared on the device; turning it the other way accesses a set of poll questions that can be answered using the dial to select among alternatives.

The Datacatcher was designed to support multiple orientations. Its primary use is to give a sense of the sociopolitical texture of the neighbourhoods where it is used. The messages are derived from public and private datasets, such as the census and credit agency data. The Datacatchers are aimed at making data more transparent and empowering — indeed, during a test of an early version of the Datacatcher, one participant said that it presented ‘Big Data for little people’. To understand the multiple engagements the Datacatcher would afford, we manufactured 130 prototypes and distributed them to people in the Greater London area, who used them for up to two months. We hired two documentary filmmaking teams to capture these experiences, the results can be viewed on this channel.

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