i-DAT launched OP-SY.com – a central repository for its Operating Systems on the 27/11/2010. Nearly 10 years later it is archiving archiving these projects as they have evolved into the Quorum Programme. This website used to be www.op-sy.com.



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The Operating Systems Project is an open infrastructure for ‘harvesting’ and visualising/sonifying data to support collaborative interdisciplinary projects in environmental, social and cultural contexts. Managed by i-DAT the Operating Systems Project is concerned with making ‘data’ generated by human, ecological, economic and societal activity tangible and affective.

Like a matryoshka doll these Operating Systems recursively collapse in on themselves: Bio-OS.org {the body simultaneously an individual and a crowd} / Arch-OS.org {software for buildings} / S-OS.org {where happiness lies somewhere at the end of a bell curve} / Eco-OS.org {bringing the landscape a little closer}.

“Idly, he wondered what these geometric forms really represented – he knew that only a few seconds earlier they had constituted an immediately familiar part of his everyday existence – but however he rearranged them spatially in his mind, or sought their associations, they still remained a random assembly of geometric forms.”

– Ballard, JG




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Arch-OS represents an evolution in intelligent architecture, interactive art and ubiquitous computing. An ‘Operating System’ for contemporary architecture (Arch-OS, ’software for buildings’) has been developed to manifest the life of a building and provide artists, engineers and scientists with a unique environment for developing transdisciplinary work and new public art.

I: Arch-OS: integrates industrial BEMS harvesting data to reveal patterns in building usage over time; data networks for real time network traffic modelling; internal processes and online visitors; tracks the flow of people around the building in real time; listens for fluctuations in sound levels; monitors lift usage, integrates zoning and the ‘Random Lift Button’; integrates bespoke sensors based on Xbee, Arduino and Electric Imp technologies.
O: Arch-OS outputs: radio feeds; data streams; server feeds; visualisations; sonifications; interactive robotic architecture; mobile monitoring/interactive apps.

The Arch-OS experience combines a rich mix of the physical and virtual by incorporating the technology of ’smart’ buildings into new dynamic virtual architectures.


[Biological operating system] Bio-OS harvests data from the body using specially developed biosensors, mobile phones, and real-time feeds to enable social gaming, performance, and medical collaborations.
I: Bio-OS integrates: mobile phones and apps to capture and broadcast real time data including – biological states such as temperature, respiration, heart rate and Galvanic skin response. Bio-OS integrates location and movement.
O: Bio-OS correlates relationships between these parameters overtime to enable: live data streams; visualisation and sonification of body states; the control of environmental factors to modify physical behaviour (such as light, sound, robotic walls and remotely controlled door locks); bio feedback to the user through software and wearable technologies.


[Ecological operating system] Eco-OS explores ecologies and provides a new networked architecture for internal and external environments. Eco-OS incorporates a range of networked environmental sensors (ecoids) for rural, urban, work and domestic environments.
I: Eco-OS incorporate remote networked sensors (ecoids) to harvest a range of environmental data such as: temperature, light, humidity, movement, wind speed, air quality, water turbidity, water flow. Ecoids can be powered through battery mains or solar power. Various formations of star or mesh networks as well as isolated individual installations to broadcast data or record locally.
O: Ecoid network data is broadcast to a coordinator and then to the Eco-OS server. Real-time data feeds can be streamed, visualised, sonified, used to control physical objects and manipulated through software and mobile phone apps.


[Social operating system] S-OS uses a range of analytical tools to explore the comparison of quantitative and qualitative data providing a platform for increased audience engagement, participation, and feedback at cultural and public events.
I: S-OS captures and integrates: audience feedback and mood through software app; audience location and movement; smile recognition; listens for fluctuations in audio; the motion of crowds through physical ‘probes’; feeds of arts organisations databases for event information; allows selection and feedback within specific time frames; harvests Social Media feeds.
O: The S-OS web engine applies a range of analytics to the harvested data correlating: GPS hotspots and audience flow; sentiment analysis; overall event mood; audience evaluation; numbers of visitors; social media posts. All of these processes are displayed to the audience and event organisers to enable a participatory real-time programming of cultural events.


[FullDome operating system] Dome-OS explores new production processes to visualise complex real-time data sets within FullDome immersive environments. Taking advantage of the Plymouth University’s Immersive Vision Theatre the research has been a catalyst for interdisciplinary collaborations within international FullDome community.
I: Dome-OS is designed to access live and recorded feeds from all of the above Operating Systems and data from a variety of disciplines, ranging from Psychology, medial, entomological to Earth Sciences.
O: Through the use of data feeds, 3D modelling software, game engines and physical sensors Dome-OS provides high resolution visualisations and sonifications for FullDome environments.

The system has been developed for single fish eye projector FullDomes, such as the Immersive Vision Theatre and i-DAT’s inflatable domes. It can be used in multi-projector scenarios fitted with real-time inputs.



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Public Live Feeds from Portland Square, Plymouth installation was available as an rss feed:

2013-11-07 01:08:58WindVane 237.07
2013-11-07 01:08:58WindSpeed 2.08
2013-11-07 01:08:58TempGrdBlockC 20.17
2013-11-07 01:08:58TempGrdBlockB 20.52
2013-11-07 01:08:57TempGrdBlockA 20.52
2013-11-07 01:08:57Temp5thBlockC 21.12
2013-11-07 01:08:57Temp5thBlockB 21.45
2013-11-07 01:08:57Temp5thBlockA 21.35
2013-11-07 01:08:57Temp3rdBlockC 21.12
2013-11-07 01:08:56Temp3rdBlockB 16.12
2013-11-07 01:08:56Temp3rdBlockA 20.52
2013-11-07 01:08:56SupplyAirTemp 0.0
2013-11-07 01:08:56SubMeterBlockC 282.48
2013-11-07 01:08:56SubMeterBlockB 322.48
2013-11-07 01:08:55SubMeterBlockA -12.44
2013-11-07 01:08:55RainSensor 16.12
2013-11-07 01:08:55OutsideAirTemp 11.65
2013-11-07 01:08:55OutsideAirHumid 89.16
2013-11-07 01:08:55MainsColdWater 0.0
2013-11-07 01:08:54KitchenMCW 13.85
2013-11-07 01:08:54KitchenHotWater 49.74
2013-11-07 01:08:54FlowTempBlockC 41.75
2013-11-07 01:08:54FlowTempBlockB 22.92
2013-11-07 01:08:53FlowTempBlockA 23.87
2013-11-07 01:08:53DHWS 4.11
2013-11-07 01:08:53CtrlValveBlockC 0.0
2013-11-07 01:08:53CtrlValveBlockB 0.0
2013-11-07 01:08:53CtrlValveBlockA 0.0
2013-11-07 01:08:52CO2BlockC 2.00
2013-11-07 01:08:52CO2BlockB 2.00
2013-11-07 01:08:52CO2BlockA 2.50
2013-11-07 01:08:52AirTempBlockC 18.12
2013-11-07 01:08:52AirTempBlockB 18.25
2013-11-07 01:08:51AirTempBlockA 15.81
2013-11-07 01:08:51AirHumidBlockC 75.97
2013-11-07 01:08:51AirHumidBlockB 98.09
2013-11-07 01:08:51AirHumidBlockA 67.19


Public Live Feeds from ecoid installations were available.

Sample ecoid Data: [Ecoid20A.xlsx parsed data download here]

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Public Live Feeds from Bio-OS wearable was available:

Sample Bio-OS Data


Qualia feed data sets: https://i-dat.org/qualia/:

Qualia cultural organisation Dashboard…

QualiaFeedback… QualiaGeo-location… Qualia Sentiment anlaysis…



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The Operating Systems Project intends to publish software and hardware outputs to be maintained as an Open Source resource for the cultural sector. The GNU General Public License GPLv3 will be used to license aspects of localised software applications, whilst the GNU Affero GPL version 3 license will be used for web application and networked software. Texts and physical objects will be available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.


Please see the Op-Sy/i-DAT code repository on GitHub here:

Open Source Projects


Qualia Stats Reader

Chris Hunt



Arch-OS Readers

Chris Saunders



Quartz Composer Arch-OS Parser

Aqeel Akbar


Confluence Project Code



Bio-OS for Android

Nick Charlton


Eco-OS Processing App

Chris Hunt



Qualia Smile

Chris Hunt



Resurgam Tools (part of Qualia Web Engine)

Chris Hunt



Processing Dome Corrector

Simon Lock


Green Screen Templates

Chris Saunders




XBee Drivers




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{examples – see each OS for complete portfolios}


Dome-OS: Fly-ThruView project

Eco-OS: ConfluenceView project

Arch-OS: i-500View project

Bio-OS: Human GeographyView project

S-OS: QualiaView project



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The i-DAT Operating Systems project is managed by the Institute of Digital Art & Technology, and produced by members of the Centre for Media Art & Design Research, in collaboration with members of the School of Computing & Mathematics, Plymouth University.

Operating Systems development team:

Many thanks to all the researchers and students who have contributed to the Operating Systems projects over the years. Individual contributions are acknowledged alongside projects and software downloads. Special thanks for Professor Chris SpeedGeorge GrinsteadAdrian Ward and Peter Anders for being there at the beginning.

Project partners


i-DAT’s Operating Systems have been developed in collaboration with: