Program

5.10. – 10.10. 2014 >> POLIGON CREATIVE CENTRE
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5.10. 2014 >> 17.30 >> public introductory lectures
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6. – 9.10. 2014 >> 12.00 – 17.00 >> WORKSHOP
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10.10. 2014 >> 18.00 – public result presentation; meet and greet
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>>INTRODUCTORY LECTURES PROGRAMME
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Boštjan Botas Kenda, Dean Academy of Fine Arts and Design
Introduction speech
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Narvika Bovcon in Aleš Vaupotič
Digital humanities, new media art and information visualization
A digital humanities project has to find an adequate way for presenting the contents of the database it researches. To resolve this task an interdisciplinary team is formed in which a researcher of humanities, a graphic designer and a computer engineer collaborate. The user interface that structures the ordering of the database and guides the queries, as well as its final stage, visualization of the retrieved results, are based on the principles of graphic design, montage of a moving image and the principles of new media. In the background of information visualization and information design is the ability for diagrammatic thinking. The experiment in computer-based visualizations of a literary-history database WomenWriters tests the theoretical concepts in practice.

Aljaž Vindiš
Presentation of the “Choosing the right school for your child” data visualisation project
The presentation will introduce a special project of Slovene daily newspaper Dnevnik, that was dealing with high school results at the final examination test. It was the first project WORKING with open data among the Slovene media; data was put into public domain along with the contents, so others were able to download it and explore it themselves. The project is a representative case study for confronting legal restrictions on free access to information, technical challenges of collecting and organizing such data, errors that can occur with analyses and consequences that may arise from inappropriate presentation or absence of adequate contextualization.

Pika Novak
Socially responsible data visualization
Today data visualization is embedded in every layer of our human endeavor. Such visualizations can be found in politics, journalism, research work, all scientific areas, as well as in art, entrepreneurship, etc. They have become our common language between different disciplines and groups of people. Also in our contemporary society data and therefore data visualization has also become a very powerful tool of persuasion. Based on this properties of data visualization we proposed a new design process that can help us design more socially responsible and useful data visualizations. We will present methods that could help us visualize data for further use in socially oriented projects.

Tomaž Smrekar
How to communicate official statistical data?
With the emergence of the World Wide Web the possibility of direct communication of official statistics to the general public has emerged. Statistical information is an important element for the development of democracy. The statistical literacy of the population is less developed than the statistical literacy of traditional user groups of official statistics (Government officials, journalists). Disseminating statistical information in a way that is usable for low statistically literate users is a challenge for the the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia and we have developed different online tools for data visualization. A typical example is the population pyramid, which was introduced at the public debate on aging of population and its consequences in Slovenia.

Marco Di Norcia
Opportunities for service design to help make informed choices
Fusedrops is the first crowdfunding platform dedicated to service design. It is a tool that lets citizens, designers, and public institutions solve social challenges and actively participate in decision-making processes.Crowdfunding is one of the most powerful tools for democratising the realisation of ideas. It Started as an alternative source of financing and developed into a powerful collaborative phenomenon that demonstrates how everyone has the opportunity to help make a difference, as long as there is a community spirit. It is a phenomenon of collaboration and co-creation that leads to innovation.

Bor Klemenc Mencin
Presentation of the SIXPO project
SIXPO is a three day event, held in Ljubljana, that highlights social projects, innovations and growth potential in the region. Its purpose is to raise awareness about current initiatives that aim to include and activate individuals or groups and contribute to creating value for the city as well as its different communities.

Juuso Koponen
Data Project Introductory lecture
Juuso Koponen is the founder of Helsinki-based data visualization studio Koponen+Hildén and a visiting lecturer at Aalto University and other Finnish universities. He blogs about infographics and visualization at Informaatiomuotoilu.fi. Besides teaching and working on client projects he also organizes the annual Visualizing Knowledge Conference in Helsinki and is writing a book about information design. His data visualization workshops have been hosted in Helsinki, Tampere, Lahti and Amsterdam.
His talk will serve as an introduction to the Data Project.
The topics discussed include:
>> the added societal value derived from creative industries,
>> how open government data can help both the public and experts better understand the issue and others,
>> and how visualizations can be used to facilitate informed decision-making.