[Pharo-users] Data Kitchen: A data visualization project powered by Pharo. Feedback welcomed.

Offray Vladimir Luna Cárdenas offray at riseup.net
Sat Oct 24 10:49:50 EDT 2015

Hi Serge,

As I told you, once the call was over, I will be talking with you. So 
here we are :-). Our proposal didn't make it to the next round, but 
we're having this conversation thanks to the participation, which is 
already a  big benefit.

I would like to give you some deeper overview of the Data Kitchen 
project and where is "conceptually" located to zoom in in health related 
issues to let you see where collaboration could happen.

The Data Kitchen project is part of the explorations I'm making in my 
doctoral studies. The "philosophical question" is "how we can change the 
digital artifacts that change us?". By "we" I'm talking about the 
community around a local hackerspace (in a broader sense), because this 
places are interesting "laboratories" of social appropriation of science 
and technology with dynamics which are different (at least in the Global 
South) of more institutionalized approaches (like the ones in 
universities). We're not constrained by curricula or titles, but also we 
have less resources and "official" dialog spaces, like happens with 
universities. So I think that hackerspaces are a key places for this 
kind of experiments and studies on other ways to make/appropriate 
knowledge (including health related issues). Data Kitchen, Data Week and 
other projects a wrote/plan, happens in our local hackerspace.

The idea of interactive data narratives & visualizations started because 
after a local hackathon on 2013, I saw that the mobile "apps" approach 
was pretty limited. People become "data sensors" of mobile phones to 
feed some cloud infrastructure they don't own or understand. On the 
other hand, telling stories with data is more empowering: once you have 
understand how to tell your first story, you can tell another one 
without depending on software developers, app makers, external clouds, 
etc. And data story telling can be a bridge between the programming 
world and the oral/printing world. This were the reasons behind trying 
to make my own self-contained moldable tool and pocket infrastructure 
for data visualization and narratives.

Because I have been related with civic hackers and/or hacktivits, one of 
the first places I'm trying to look is twitter and that is one of my 
primary concerns, and because I made a consultancy for the Colombian 
government on Open and Community Innovation on Health, this is a 
secondary one. A friend is working on data visualization to compare how 
much medicine info is released by public health agencies. I'll try to 
use Roassal on that visualization.

My idea would be to implement data kitchen (this mix of tools, people 
and places) and use political discourse on Twitter and public medicine 
information as examples in our workshops and published memories and 
materials, but I would like to open the possibility to the people to 
bring their own data sets and questions to the table.

Most of my studies and work has been auto-sponsored but is taking long 
time to get results because I need to pause research for work and 
viceversa, so I'm really interested in some ways to make this project 
and its associated research sustainable, so I will be waiting to hear 
your ideas and proposals.

Thanks for your interest Serge,



On 15/10/15 02:43, Serge Stinckwich wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 2:07 AM, Offray Vladimir Luna Cárdenas
> <offray at riseup.net> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> In my effort to more create more meaningful computer mediated experiences
>> for me and other and to use Pharo as a medium for that I have proposed the
>> following project:
>> ---
>> - Name: Data Kitchen: Frictionless data, moldable tools, pocket
>> infrastructures & permanent workshops for community empowerment
>> - url:
>> https://www.newschallenge.org/challenge/data/entries/data-kitchen-frictionless-data-moldable-tools-pocket-infrastructures-permanent-workshops-for-community-empowerment
>> ---
>> It combines the ideas of moldable tools, agile visualization in this
>> community with some of other like frictionless data, by Open Knowledge
>> Foundation and what I call "pocket infrastructures". Any feedback is
>> welcomed. You can make it here in this list, but if you can made it on their
>> platform, from a simple "heart" (+1) or drop me a line, it would be greatly
>> appreciated and it will help to make more visible the project.
> I really like the idea of using Pharo/ROASSAL for data viz especially
> in the context of southern countries (you talk about about Global
> South in your document). Having a portable environment is definitively
> a plus in the context of countries where the bandwidth is really
> limited.
> My lab is working with developing countries (including south-america)
> and we could exchange some private emails on how to sustain such a
> project.
> I'm interested by such tool in the context of health and/or crisis
> issues for example.
> Regards,

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