DATA Play 10
Past, Present and Future

Rolle Marquee, University of Plymouth

Friday 1 November 2019
9.30am to 4.30pm

DATA Play 10 is coming soon and we want you to get involved!

We’re excited to be running another DATA Play day on the 1 November 2019. Once again we will be working with local talent and tech companies to explore how open data and technology can be used to help the Council deliver services in new ways. Impact Lab and the Police Stop and Search department will also be joining us to see if our DATA Play community can help with their challenges.

DATA Play is about working with local talent and tech companies to explore how open data and technology can be used to help us deliver services in new ways. Visit the DATA Play page to see what’s happened at previous DATA Play days.

You can play as a team, meet people on the day or experiment on your own – whatever works for you! It’s free to join, so whatever you’re good at – coding, analysis, mapping, graphics, thinking – come along and join in the fun!


Natural Infrastructure

Help us create Parks for the future: parks that celebrate nature and biodiversity; parks that deliver healthy environments for people; parks that are fit to adapt to climate change and parks that celebrate Plymouth’s local history and character.
Come and share your ideas for how technology can help us do this. We hope to be able to award funding to some of the best ideas with practical applications.

Some of our challenges/ideas. Feel free to expand and develop these, or come up with your own:

  • Digital noticeboards to tell people what is going on.
  • Maps you can ask questions of.
  • Ways to capture data in the park such as air quality/bird/people movements and share it meaningfully and creatively to influence use and maintenance of the park.
  • We are planting an arboretum for the future at Central Park – can you help us show the public what it will look like in 50/100 years’ time?
  • How we can use mapping/GIS data (linked with smartphones) to interpret historical, wildlife and other features of interest around the Hoe?

Devon and Cornwall Police

We want to use this Event to find new ways of improving the way we use Stop & Search powers which reduces crime whilst maintaining public confidence.

  • We want ideas about how we can use this data and visualise it in ways that help people see what is being delivered, how and where.
  • We want to present data in a way that engages people across the city, whilst presenting some of the key facts and messages around Stop & Search.
  • We want to use data to help us communicate with the right people, in a way that encourages them to talk back.
  • We want to know what data can tell us about which communities and demographics are most affected by the use of Stop & Search powers.
  • We want to find connections between those affected by Stop & Search and other services they may use in the city. This will allow us to shape our prevention work within our communities and build confidence with those who may experience Stop & Search.

Data Sense

How come, with the not inconsiderable investment in environmental data science and climate change modelling, we are so surprised by the Climate Emergency? For all our data literacy, our ability to ‘feel’ data is a missing ingredient in our ability to change our behaviour.

As Allegra Fuller Snyder suggests “Literacy creates distance”, how can we dive into data meaning using human data narratives, game play and storytelling to ensure things are felt a little closer to home, rather than somewhere far away? Its not just about numbers, what playful strategies can be developed to give data meaning.

Behaviourables and Futurables

Many of our challenges are about enabling people to change behaviours. By looking at our past behaviours we should be able to understand why we are behaving so badly now, and possibly imagine our potential futures.
Behaviourables and Futurables anticipate design strategies for visualising and modelling urban and rural activity, drawing on a variety of data sets (environmental, civic and financial) to build models of the past, present and potential futures.

“We are very much concerned with generating futuribles – maybe that’s because the more we can dream up alternative futures the more changeable the present can become.”

Roy Ascott, BEHAVIOURABLES AND FUTURIBLES. Control, London, 1970, Nº 5

  • How can we understand complex human behaviour by exploring the entanglement of multiple data sources?
  • Are there things we can wear, share and show that reveal the complex interplay of reveal our complicity in our shared behaviours?