Data Walkshops – data walking for social research

A research process for producing radical data through collaborative walks. Data walking creates a process for observing, reflecting on and seeking to intervene in how data influences civic space. By playing roles as photographers, note-takers and map-makers, participants develop ways to think about and reflect on what data might be, and what role it plays in key social issues.

Data Walkshop Process

Define Data

•  Together, we ask ‘what is data’? The answer depends on who is in the room and what we want to achieve

•  We map or note down some of our ideas on a board or sheet of paper

(20-30 minutes)

Define Data

•  Together, we ask ‘what is data’? The answer depends on who is in the room and what we want to achieve

•  We map or note down some of our ideas on a board or sheet of paper

(20-30 minutes)

Form groups and assign roles

  • We split into small groups of 4-5 people – self-organized based on interest
  • We discuss where we might walk, and what areas around might have different data to observe
  • Roles are assigned
(5-10 minutes)

Form groups and assign roles

  • We split into small groups of 4-5 people – self-organized based on interest
  • We discuss where we might walk, and what areas around might have different data to observe
  • Roles are assigned
(5-10 minutes)

Walk!

• The groups walk in different directions

• Each group must return with photo, map and ONE ILLUSTRATIVE OBJECT

• Look for: data rich, data calm, data aspects related to your theme: citizenship, commons, ethics, etc.
(45 minutes)

Walk!

• The groups walk in different directions

• Each group must return with photo, map and ONE ILLUSTRATIVE OBJECT

• Look for: data rich, data calm, data aspects related to your theme: citizenship, commons, ethics, etc.
(45 minutes)

Tell Stories

  • Groups report back and narrate their walk and how they defined, observed, or questioned data
  • Brainstorm possibilities for creative responses
(30-45 min)

Tell Stories

  • Groups report back and narrate their walk and how they defined, observed, or questioned data
  • Brainstorm possibilities for creative responses
(30-45 min)

Create responses

• Depending on the group’s interest and needs, discuss and stage a response

• Responses could be: community action, critical design to address issues identified on walks

• Responses might be addressed in a separate workshop

(5 min - several hours)

Create responses

• Depending on the group’s interest and needs, discuss and stage a response

• Responses could be: community action, critical design to address issues identified on walks

• Responses might be addressed in a separate workshop

(5 min - several hours)

Consider outcomes

Reflect on the key outcomes of the Data Walk.

(5 minutes - several hours)

Consider outcomes

Reflect on the key outcomes of the Data Walk.

(5 minutes - several hours)