18 10 2017
12 things you will learn about Katowice culture thanks to Medialab research
Only a few years ago, no one would have conceived a thought of Katowice becoming a city associated with culture. In 2015, however, following a brief yet intensive period of investment in cultural infrastructure and cultural events, Katowice joined the exclusive international group of UNESCO Creative Cities. Has the city undergone a true cultural revolution? Is Katowice’s current en-vogue status just a passing fad or could it be a herald of major changes in the city centre? In order to find out, we teamed up with cultural researchers, designers, programmers and analysts to study responses given by 3633 participants in over a dozen local events, and analyse tens of thousands of posts published in social media and web-based information services. What we present below is a 12-point list of things to look out for in the exhibition and report summarising our project.
Karol Piekarski
14 10 2017
When culture researchers get their hands dirty with code – first reflections from an interdisciplinary study of cultural events
Medialab's research project on culture cycles in Katowice, delivered as part of the Shared Circuits: Creative Momentum project, is now in its final stages. However, before the Medialab team and the invited experts present the full results of the study during the Data (for) Culture, the project’s manager Karol Piekarski comments on the activities already completed in an interview with Łukasz Mirocha.
Karol Piekarski, Łukasz Mirocha
20 08 2017
Researching Facebook and researching with Facebook. The story behind the app to verify the declared participation in cultural events
We present a step-by-step account of the design and implementation of a Facebook application that will allow us to study the participants of cultural events promoted as part of Poland’s most popular social networking site.
Hanna Kostrzewska
11 08 2017
Data » information » knowledge: Medialab designers discuss the role of visualisation in the research process
In addition to data acquisition and analysis, the subsequent step of data visualisation is a central task that the Medialab team faces as part of the study of the culture cycles in Katowice under the Shared Cities project. As one of our previous postings has already covered the challenges facing our coders, this time we talk to Medialab designers. Paulina Urbańska and Waldek Węgrzyn work on the visual side of the project on a daily basis, while constantly improving our research methodologies and internal team communication.
Łukasz Mirocha, Paulina Urbańska, Waldemar Węgrzyn
20 02 2017
Studio NAND: There is nothing worse than a visualisation that tries to convey too much information at once
On January 9–10, Medialab once again had the pleasure of hosting Steffen Fiedler and Stephan Thiel of Berlin’s design studio NAND, who gave an open lecture, and conducted a two-day workshop for representatives of institutions working jointly on the Shared Cities project. In an interview given to Medialab, the data visualisation experts talked about their work, best visualisation practices and the future of the industry.
Łukasz Mirocha
12 01 2017
From response to visualisation: how to streamline survey data processing
Before a response given in a survey makes it into a report or spectacular visualisation, it must go through a multistage data handling process. We provide a step-by-step guide to improving data acquisition and cleaning in order to accelerate the presentation of research outcomes and produce better quality responses.
Karol Piekarski