Thursday, 24 July 2014

Tour de France in Artworks



ArtMaps continues apace, and most recently we mapped the Tour de France with Tate artworks.

So I wandered down to Pau to today's stage to see what was there. I was somewhat surprised noting the course goes through Lourdes to find a bicycle based place holder rather than a geolocated artwork - surely Tate has something for such a site of religious significance (that thought triggered not least by watching Monument Men last night!).

Off to the Tate website and search on Lourdes and of course there something - from the religious and colourful dichotomous Eric Gill "Our Lady of Lourdes".

But only one. And there's got to be so much more out there. Roll on the day that we can get a federated image search across all cultural archives and start to bring to life the richness embedded in these cultures.

Cultural API anyone?

Monday, 30 June 2014

Social media and real time analytics

Having responded to the UK parliamentary select committee on Science and Technology inquiry into social media data and real time analytics, I was pleasantly surprised to be invited to give oral evidence in a session a few days back.

The video on Parliament TV is two hours, but the transcript is perhaps more readily digestible!

Witnesses
  • Professor Derek McAuley, Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, Professor David De Roure, Director, Economic and Social Research Council, and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Web Science Trust
  • Professor Liesbet van Zoonen, Loughborough University, Professor David Robertson, UK Computing Research Committee, Dr Mathieu d'Aquin, The Open University, and Emma Carr, Big Brother Watch