Data Futures

Orkney Cloud: a living laboratory

Orkney Cloud Forum is a living laboratory for cloud services at the network edge. Instead of distant, centralised data storage and processing, how might local cloud services support socialised, shared, and distributed data processing? In a community forum on Orkney, we are imagining and creating community-led managed cloud services at the edge, where the internet…

ICE Whitepaper: Opportunity for local-owned green data centers

IT Communications and Energy convergence, or ‘ICE’ as I like to call it, seems to be here. The data industry is an energy industry: data centers are benchmarked and marketed by their Power Usage Efficiency (PUE), and the major data players (Facebook, Google, Apple etc.) are all busy building renewable energy-powered data centers with reduced…

Data Stories

This art book is my second collaboration with Orkney publisher and poet, Alistair Peebles. This time we have been working with the wonderful artist and designers, Rachel Barron and Nathan Clydesdale. Dawn Nafus, anthropologist from Intel Labs, and I wrote the text during an exploration of how our two fieldsites re-imagined ‘Big Data’. Together we…

8 Key Components in a Future Infrastructure

How might we reconsider what infrastructure is, and how might we design it differently? For example, what kinds of connectivity infrastructure would reflect the kinds of futures that people in the Orkney Islands might aspire to? How does that change we think about connectivity infrastructures elsewhere? What happens when ‘monument’, ‘sea’, and ‘stone’ are key…