Data Futures

Heritage End – Workshop

Workshop for UNESCO, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) University Forum, Amsterdam, June 2019. The workshop was part of an ongoing collaboration with the UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures and AHRC Heritage Futures project. How to inhabit a future and explore a time and a place where heritage can end with sustainability, dignity, and…

Liveable Data

As part of a book in honour of the late, great John Urry, I wrote a low-carbon science fiction around the concept of ‘Liveable Data’ – those who know Urry’s work will hear the conversation with his concept of ‘Liveable City’. This is a Speculative Fabulation, which draws on my experiences working with John Urry…

Orkney Cloud magazine and Scifi story

As part of our Mozilla Research Grant funded project, Orkney Cloud, I am really excited to announce the publication of our first Orkney Cloud magazine. The magazine is an anthology of Orkney Cloud incubated projects and inspirations; a weaving together of people and possibilities that could become an Orkney Cloud. And it is not comprehensive.…

Whitepaper on Data and Energy convergence

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…