Re-writing the City: Negotiating and reflecting on data streams

Pete Abel, Drew Hemment, Sha Li, Gabriele Schliwa, Jonathon Devitt, Chris Trueblood, Mel Woods, Goktug Islamoglu, Lara Devitt, Fionn Tynan-O'Mahony, Rob Raikes, Matthew Fox, Catherine S. Thomson, Antia Dona Vazquez, Joseph Lindley, Jane Macdonald, Deborah Maxwell, Vincent Walsh, Graeme Sherriff, Kirsty JenningsVera Karina Gebhardt, Karl Monsen, Robert C. Potts, Pavol Gajdos, Rose Barraclough, Steve Turner, Alex Lee, Hadi Mehrpouya, Anäis Moisy, Vanessa Thomas, Chris Speed, Leon Trimble

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    2 Citations (Scopus)


    This paper is an output of a two day 'Festival Lab' held at the Future Everything Festival, Manchester, UK, March 2015. The Festival Lab invited a team of academic researchers to develop a model of public engagement during the festival that would explore specific research questions around mobility, data awareness, and civic engagement. From this brief the academic team developed the Festival Lab 'PuBLiC', and created an activity arc that involved participants borrowing bicycles and responding to structured and unstructured research questions about the future of cycling and data use in the city of Manchester. Equipped with iPhones with bespoke software for collecting short textual comments, photographs and GPS data, participants became integral actors in one-day field studies, taking the role of both subjects and authors of this paper. We present findings and observations noted by participants and researchers, discussing the significance of these as triangulated in a closing workshop plenary session. Finally, we conclude by reflecting on the paper creation process itself, a collaborative, intensive, fast-paced approach that challenges the very framework of academic authority and public engagement.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBritish HCI 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 British HCI Conference 2015
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages10
    VolumePart F116867
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450336437
    Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2015
    EventBritish HCI Conference, British HCI 2015 - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
    Duration: 13 Jul 201517 Jul 2015


    ConferenceBritish HCI Conference, British HCI 2015
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityLincoln, Lincolnshire


    • Collaborative writing
    • Community
    • Cycling
    • Data
    • Living lab

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
    • Software


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