Creative Informatics: Data Driven Innovation for the Creative Industries

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: Edinburgh College of Art

Abstract

Creative Informatics is an R&D partnership which will grow Edinburgh's creative industries cluster, by helping it to tap the huge potential of using data to shape, develop and deliver new products and services for public and business customers. Over the past ten years, new data-driven products and services have transformed the way people engage with cultural experiences, conduct transactions, and relate to each other. Our ambition is to enable the sector to succeed in an increasingly competitive market, by addressing key innovation challenges and by developing the R&D capacity and data literacy of companies to ensure they can capitalise on new technology to develop new products and services.

The R&D Partnership is hosted by the University of Edinburgh, with Edinburgh Napier University and has two key delivery partners: Creative Edinburgh, a well-connected network of over 3800 members, and CodeBase, the largest technology incubator in the UK and one of the fastest growing in Europe. Creative Informatics will benefit from outstanding infrastructure to support delivery including that provided by the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal which will focus on Data Driven Innovation.

We will bring together cultural partners, creative businesses and entrepreneurs with academic expertise in the fields of design, informatics, business, law and cultural heritage, to address four Innovation Challenges:

1. Developing access to and engagement with new audiences and markets
2. Developing new modalities of experience
3. Unlocking value in archives and data sets
4. Revealing new business models for the creative industries

These challenges could see Edinburgh's Festivals extending the festival experiences offered both in Edinburgh and overseas. Outputs from projects could lead to new commercial products for home entertainment, new apps, games, new ways to buy products and services by experiencing them first, new ways for advertising agencies to develop campaigns and experiences for clients, and online experiences for remote participation. Museums and Galleries will be able to mine text and images in their archives to create opportunities for new product lines for SMEs and the tools developed along the way can also be licensed and sold. Partnerships across our cluster will include creative teams who understand new transaction technologies (crowd-financing, micro-payments, cryptocurrencies). This will ensure creative entrepreneurs can develop radical new products and services, whilst understanding the opportunities and threats and ensuring that social interests are safeguarded. The development of data-driven solutions for adapting and distributing content will open up new international market opportunities for a range of creative industries sub-sectors including design, advertising, gaming, publishing, film and TV production companies, music/record companies, and fashion.

We will support growth of the cluster through six R&D initiatives which have been co-designed with partners to meet their needs. Challenge Projects, Horizon Projects and Creative Informatics Labs (CI Labs) will respond directly to the four innovation challenges. Creative Bridge, a dedicated data-driven business innovation programme; Resident Entrepreneurs; and Connected Innovators will respond to the challenge of developing and retaining talent, entrepreneurs and leaders to fuel the growth of the creative industries cluster in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh's creative industries cluster has a vibrant creative and technology culture in a city internationally renowned for both culture and entrepreneurship. Creative Informatics provides the missing 'cog' to allow creative entrepreneurs to connect with world-leading expertise in data science and Edinburgh's tech and start-up culture and fulfil its potential to make the UK an international centre for creative data-driven innovation.

Planned Impact

The Creative Informatics R&D Partnership will grow Edinburgh's creative industries cluster by addressing four data-driven innovation challenges: developing access to and engagement with new audiences and markets; developing new modalities of experience; unlocking value in archives and data sets; and revealing new business models for the creative industries.

The partners have co-designed six R&D programmes to address these challenges which will increase the number of existing businesses and creative entrepreneurs who can confidently innovate with data. Three programmes - Challenge Projects, Horizon Projects and Creative Informatics Labs - will respond directly to the four innovation challenges. Existing creative businesses will benefit from taking part in the programmes and will find new collaborators and build their long term capacity for R&D.

The programmes will lead to supported projects that aim to have a Minimum Viable Product at the end and we expect half of the MVPs to be developed through further investment and funding. In total we expect to have 100 new products, services and experiences developed by the end of the award involving software solutions, algorithms and design rights appropriately protected to enable commercialisation. The programmes will also provide new opportunities for collaboration and mutual learning. The CI Labs in particular will lead to new research tools, methodologies and resources that will be disseminated for use by academics and industry for further projects.

Three further programmes will develop creative entrepreneurs who can confidently express the value of creativity, relate easily to technologists and investors, and lead data-driven innovation for the creative industries. Developing and retaining such talent is crucial for growing the creative industries cluster in Edinburgh.

Creative Bridge, a dedicated business innovation programme, will help entrepreneurs transition from idea to product by developing understanding of data-driven innovation and creative business models. The Resident Entrepreneur programme will provide creative entrepreneurs with the funding, space and networks to develop an idea to become ready to market. Connected Innovators will support upcoming leaders to take time out for an R&D project and develop skills to further their leadership within the cluster.

With this focus on entrepreneurship, we envisage creating successful, new businesses. We have set a total target of 68, with 35 coming from Creative Bridge. Over the whole programme, we estimate a total of 167 new or safeguarded jobs.

Other benefits of the Creative Informatics R&D Partnership include increased mobility of people between academia and industry and among our industry partners, to foster collaboration, learning and cross-fertilisation of ideas. Outreach activities will build the Creative Informatics community and share learning and outcomes from the R&D Partnership locally, nationally and internationally to open new market opportunities for the cluster. Businesses in other sectors will benefit from improved access to creatives who understand data-driven innovation and will in turn provide a supply chain for creative businesses. Cultural organisations will benefit from the development of innovative solutions that unlock value in their archives, collections and data sets leading to new business opportunities for them and partner SMEs.

The public will benefit from events which showcase new technologies and early stage products and services aimed at the consumer market and from enhanced cultural and heritage experiences.

We anticipate outcomes will be realised during the award, with longer term impact following in subsequent years, although we also expect to realise some impact during the award.

Creative Informatics will foster an environment which will help establish Edinburgh as the European capital for creative data-driven industries.
 
Title Arcadia - Fruitmarket Gallery Bookmarket 2019 
Description Commissioned installation for The Fruitmarket Gallery Bookmarket, Waverley Mall, Edinburgh. LED stock market ticker displays the text of Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project as priced by Google's algorithms; a critique of capitalism and advertising in both digital and physical spaces. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Interview piece on That's TV Scotland 
URL https://www.fruitmarket.co.uk/event/installation-pip-thornton-arcadia/
 
Title Newspeak (2019) - Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 
Description Displayed as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Data Lates installation, Newspeak (2019) feeds Orwell's 1984 through Google's algorithmic market as a political critique of the power that Google has over language. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Won honourable mention in Surveillance and Society Network (SSN) arts prize 2020, and will be displayed at the SSN annual conference in Rotterdam 2020 
URL https://pipthornton.com/2019/09/29/newspeak-2019-the-video/
 
Title Newspeak (2019) and {poem}.py - Beyond Conference on Creativity and AI, Edinburgh 
Description exhibited artworks as part of Beyond Symposium on Creativity and AI 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact
 
Title PIP - The Personal Information Processor 
Description PIP is a physical computing toolkit for kids, which was developed by Creative Informatics research engineers, and emerged from a collaboration between Creative Informatics and the Civic Digits team (https://civicdigits.com). The aim of PIP is getting children to explore and reflect on their personal data. It allows children to reconfigure a physical-digital "face" and control the mappings between their own facial data and the "PIP" face using NodeRed. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact PIP has thus far been deployed with children in 30 schools across Scotland. 
 
Title What are Words Worth? - Edinburgh International Festival 2019 
Description Workshop performance as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Playwrights were invited to negotiate their way through a linguistic landscape restricted by the value of the stories they told. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact
 
Title {poem}.py : a Critique of Linguistic Capitalism - Edinburgh Fringe Festival 
Description Exhibition as part of The Design Informatics Pavilion pop-up exhibition space Data PLay 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact UoE article on Data Play / Data Lates 
URL https://www.designinformatics.org/event/data-play/
 
Title {poem}.py : a Critique of Linguistic Capitalism : Glucksman Gallery, Cork 
Description Part of Peripheries exhibition at the Glucksman Gallery, Cork during the 2019 Electronic Literature Organisation annual conference 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact
URL http://www.glucksman.org/exhibitions/peripheries
 
Description Although the grant is only part way through there are significant suggestions findings to date that demonstrate that an innnovation approach to boosting confidence and data literacy in the creative industries can lead to the growth of new business.
Exploitation Route Too early to say
Sectors Creative Economy

URL https://creativeinformatics.org/
 
Description Only part way through the grant but early indicators: 100 Creative Bridge participants to date (Cohort#0 (24 participants) and Cohort#1 (26 participants). Cohort #2 (25 participants). Cohort #3 (25 participants). Total of 220 expected over period of funding). Call for Cohort #4 now open.  69 Resident Entrepreneur applications received; 18 selected for funding, now being matched with Hosts (6 established micro businesses / 3 emergent).  17 full Challenge Project applications (and 1 pilot project) from 17 organisations.  4 Challenge Projects from Round 1 (Fringe; City of Literature; New Media Scotland; The List). 5 Challenge Projects from Round 2 (Jupiter Artland; The John Byrne Award; Edinburgh International Festival Society; Historic Environment Scotland; Edinburgh Science) Over 70+ one-to-one meetings held with creative industries organisations. Over 600+ engagements with local creative enterprises. 800+ participants in 10 CI Labs and 5 CI Studio events to date. Further ad hoc studio/hands on sessions planned at new Edinburgh Napier E11 studio space.   151 evaluation forms received across CI Strands (of which 72 for CI Labs/Ci Studios) 19 Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) from Bridge: 5 from the Pilot Cohort#0, 5 from Cohort#1 and 9 from Cohort#2   
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Creative Economy
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Creative Informatics Ethics Statement
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL https://zenodo.org/record/3610105#.XmZDQ5P7RZ0
 
Description Participation in UK Government Cabinet Office Innovation Morning at/with University of Edinburgh
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description AHRC CICP Programme Researcher Skills Development Funding 2019
Amount £87,500 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 03/2020
 
Description Arcadia installation at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh Futures Institute funding
Amount £2,500 (GBP)
Organisation University of Edinburgh 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2020 
End 04/2020
 
Description Digital Urban Forest - Urban Tree Challenge Fund - art consultancy (5K) for Slough Borough Council bid
Amount £1,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of the UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 01/2022
 
Description Edinburgh Futures Institute - Business Development Funding (2019/20)
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Edinburgh 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 07/2020
 
Description Edinburgh Futures Institute Research Funding (2019/20) - Creative Edinburgh
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Edinburgh 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 07/2020
 
Description Edinburgh Futures Institute Research Funding (2019/20) - Creative Sector Lead
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Edinburgh 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 07/2020
 
Description How can creative intervention and public art help us to think critically about data and the power of digital technology companies? EFI Research Award 5K March 2019
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Edinburgh 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 08/2019
 
Description Research Centre meeting between Design Informatics and BBC R&D 
Organisation British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The two R&D teams from The Centre for Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh and R&D BBC, met in Media City to show and tell their respective research 'play books'. From Edinburgh: Prof. Chris Speed, Chair of Design Informatics, Design Informatics, Uni Edinburgh Dr. Ewa Luger, Chancellors Fellow, Design Informatics, Uni Edinburgh Prof. Burkhard Schafer, Professor of Computational Legal Theory, Director, SCRIPT Centre for IT and IP Law, Uni Edinburgh Dr. Larissa Pschetz, Lecturer, Design Informatics, Uni Edinburgh Dr. Dave Murray-Rust, Lecturer, Design Informatics, Uni Edinburgh Dr. Susan Lechelt, Research Associate (Creative Informatics), Design Informatics, Uni Edinburgh Dr. Pip Thornton, Research Associate (Creative Informatics), Design Informatics, Uni Edinburgh Liam Upton, Marketing and Comms for Creative Informatics, Design Informatics, Uni Edinburgh Nicola Osborne, Programme Manager, (Creative Informatics), Design Informatics, Uni Edinburgh Michaela Turner, Business Development Manager, (Creative Informatics), Design Informatics, Uni Edinburgh Dr. Evan Morgan, Senior Research Developer, Design Informatics, Uni Edinburgh Dr. Chris Elsden, Research Associate (Creative Informatics), Design Informatics, Edinburgh College of Art* Dr. Michael Smyth, Co-Director Creative Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University Dr. Ingi Helgason, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Interaction Design, Edinburgh Napier University Prof.Chris Speed: presenting an overview of Design Informatics & Creative Informatics Ewa: Data, privacy and ethics Dave Murray-Rust: Social computing and data viz Larissa Pschetz: Interaction design for decentralised networks
Collaborator Contribution From the BBC: Natasha Westland (Intelligible ML tools) Max Leonard (BBC Box/Databox - working with Re Jones) https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2019-06-bbc-box-personal-data-privacy Alex Nelson , on behalf of Lianne Kerlin (Human Values) Libby Miller and Tim Cowlishaw (Tellybox prototypes, Better Radio Experiences, A Better Internet...) https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/projects/public-service-internet https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2018-10-artificial-intelligence-archive-television-bbc4 https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/projects/responsible-machine-learning https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2019-01-tellybox-content-discovery-video-watch Matt Brooks (Object-based Media) https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/projects/object-based-media-toolkit https://storyplayer.pilots.bbcconnectedstudio.co.uk/experience/click1000 Alia Sheikh (360/VR) https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2017-08-explore-the-edinburgh-festivals-using-360-video-and-webvr https://www.bbc.co.uk/taster/pilots/edinburgh360 James Gibson (5G Augmented Reality Roman Baths demo) https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2019-02-5g-mobile-augmented-reality-bath
Impact TeenTech workshop was a direct outcome, Further work on Values and value is ongoing.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Language in the age of algorithmic reproduction: a critique of linguistic capitalism - Edinburgh Futures INstitute seminar seriers - Futures in Progress, Jan 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited talk as part of the Edinburgh Futures Institute seminar series - Futures in Progress
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://efi.ed.ac.uk/events/futures-in-progress-dr-pip-thornton-and-dr-jeremy-knox/
 
Description "Bootstrapping data processes within the arts: creative Informatics" Conference Paper, at Digital Heritage in a World of Big Data, Stirling University, 14th May 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 50 attendees at a Conference at Stirling University to discuss big data in cultural heritage. This was a talk I gave, which sparked many questions and discussions afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://digitalheritageconference.wordpress.com/programme-2/
 
Description "Creative People Need Data!" Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Edinburgh Fringe Festival show about the work of the Creative Informatics programme and the relationship between creative industries and practitioners and data driven innovation / new technologies. Performed on two occasions (02/08/2019 at 1.30-2.30pm; and 17/08/2019 at 1.30-2.30pm) at the New Town Theatre for an audience of 60 people (21 on 2nd August, 39 on 17th August) paying an entry fee of £9 (£7 concessions). The event was listed in the print and online Fringe programmes, and in the Stand Comedy Club print and online presences, as well as the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas website (URL given here is an archive of this listing).

The event engaged both stakeholders and participants in Creative Informatics events/programmes, and wider audiences raising awareness of the programme and of the opportunities for using data in creative ways, and for creatives to benefit from new data driven and technological approaches. Participation in the event led to queries to the team, as well as expanding buy in within already-engaged organisations (e.g. where individuals brought colleagues along). These performances directly led to an invitation to perform an adapted version at the Edinburgh Data Visualization Meetup 9 (6-8.15pm, 26th September 2019 at InSpace, Edinburgh) to an audience of around 50 members of academia (including students) and the wider public (including industry and a secondary school staff member) interested in data and data visualisation. The show has also led to an invitation to perform it again as part of the Belfast Imagine festival, and will be performed, again to a paying public audience, in Belfast scheduled for Friday 27th March 2020 (6-8pm, Pug Yglys, Belfast). Participation in the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas for this show and previous (different) shows has also led to my being asked to be part of the forthcoming conference panel "A Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas: Seven years, 300 shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe" which has been accepted for the Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference 2020, due to take place from 26-28th May 2020 in Aberdeen.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://web.archive.org/web/20200309133009/http://codi.beltanenetwork.org/event/creative-people-need...
 
Description 11-12/7/2019. Attended conference and gave Invited Keynote ""Organizing Creativity: Contradictions and Complements in Edinburgh festivals for conference Organized Creativity Berlin Germany 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact ~40-50 academics from different disciplines attended the conference to present research and knowledge on creativity and creative sectors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.wiwiss.fu-berlin.de/forschung/organized-creativity/index.html
 
Description 19 October talk at Macro Organisational Behavior Conference, Harvard University. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact "Let's Get Concrete: Aesthetic Legitimacy through Materializing, Theorizing and Re-evaluating",
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 20 Sept 2019 Presentation at HEC Paris 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presented to academics and PhD students: Ugly Duckling No More: Materiality and Aesthetic Legitimacy in Innovation and Evaluation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 21-22 November Invited Talk at EDGE conference, Berlin Germany 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited Talk "Edinburgh: Novelty and Marginality at the Center. Edge: Creation and Valuation of novelty at the margins. International and Interdisciplinary Conference. 20-22 November 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 5/7/2019 Presented "City Identity: Remembering and Forgetting" at EGOS conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presented paper on how groups within cities can be erased or memorialised as part of city identity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description A talk about Creative Informatics, at Shanghai University November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A guest lecture to new media and Digital Humanities students followed by much debate and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description A talk at the University of Nanjing, on Creative Informatics, November 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact An invited talk about the project at the University of Nanjing, November 2019, to media and digital humanities students. There was much discussion and a dinner afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ASCEND: Artistic Strategies for Engagement with Data Politics - Aug 2019 NCAD, Dublin : Methodologies of researching Linguistic Capitalism  
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Ascend: Artistic Strategies for Engagement with Data is a two day workshop that brings together artists and designers to explore the methodologies they are using in their research and practice to engage with complex sociotechnical systems (with a particular focus on algorithms, machine learning and their physical layer infrastructures). The aim is to share and formalise the methods that are developing in the space between art, digital research methods and practice-based research for interrogating these systems with the view to developing a working group and in the future write and distribute a co-authored working paper on the topic. This would be a useful document for artists and researchers who are engaging with algorithmic systems but would also constitute a documented set of practices that universities and research groups can point to and use to justify inclusion and greater funding for artists in STEM activities. Hopefully it would be useful for participants too, as practitioners and researchers who are grappling with issues such as access, credibility, legibility and transparency in these spaces.

Day one of the workshop on August 29th features presentations and discussions by invited participants including Jessica Foley, Benjamin Grosser (remote), Vladan Joler, Fiona McDermott, Conor McGarrigle, Joana Moll, Tom O'Dea, Nora O'Murchu, Paul O'Neill, Winnie Soon and Pip Thornton.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ncad.ie/news/view/ascend-artistic-strategies-for-engagement-with-data-workshop
 
Description Academic presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Attended Creative Industries Conference and presented "Ugly Duckling No More: Aesthetic Legitimacy of New Materials and Products" Paris, France (hosted by HEC Paris, INSEAD and IESEG)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Algorithms for Her conference, KCL - Jan 2020 - conference talk - Towards a Digital écriture féminine: Deconstructing the Language of the Digital Economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Algorithms for her - feminist approaches to digital infrastructures, cultures and economies

Our daily lives are increasingly governed by algorithmic processes of selection, identification and discrimination. This conference focuses on the intersectional forms of injustice that algorithms and the systems in which they are embedded in help to propagate and sustain.

Given the significance of such processes in everyday life and their disproportionate effects on those marginalised across intersections of gender, sexuality, class and race, this event will create a dedicated space for the discussion of algorithmic forms of oppression and inequality - promoting discussion and debate in a field that often excludes or forgets conversations about gender.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.kcl.ac.uk/events/algorithms-for-her
 
Description BBC Blue Room Media, Tech & Society Conference 2019 - Who is responsible in the age of intelligent machines? AI and Machine Learning conference -exhibition of Data Lates 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Media, Tech & Society Conference 2019 - Who is responsible in the age of intelligent machines?

On behalf of my BBC Blue Room colleagues, I'd like to extend a warm invitation to you and your colleagues to their 2019 AI and Machine Learning conference, on Monday 7 October, at the Radio Theatre and Media Café in New Broadcasting House, London W1A.

Since 2017, the BBC Blue Room has run a joint technology conference and trade fair, centered around the themes of AI and Machine Learning, and what their impact will be on society. Each conference has featured a mixture of hands-on experiences and talks with AI experts from across various sectors - all designed to held separate the reality from the hype, and explain why we should care about AI.

This year's theme is ' Who is responsible in the age of intelligent machines'?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/internet/entries/e351b992-24c5-46b9-93d0-adc8f7363951
 
Description BIMA Digital Schools Day 12 November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact British Interactive Media Association deliver a digital schools day every year in November and information and discussion is facilitated by volunteer design agencies who present at each school. Data Driven Innovation in creative industries was inserted into the presentation pack in each school across central belt of Scotland reaching 450 school pupils. The new data science NPA was also featured in order that young people could be informed about this new curriculum choice should they be interested to pursue it further.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BIMA Roundtable Data & Creativity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact In a time when data is available to be used ever more creatively, our next BIMA Roundtable event will explore the biggest challenges and opportunities facing agencies working within this space.



As usual, the session will be opened with insights and observations from those best placed within the sector - CreateFuture's Strategy Director, Nathan Fulwood, alongside Creative Informatics Programme Director, Chris Speed. Their provocations will lead an open discussion, held under Chatham House rules.


Top levels ideas to be explored will include:


- How can we best make use of data within the creative process?
- What is the role of data in supporting the "creative spark"? Does it empower or impede creativity?
- How can big data and AI further support creative ideas and advance them to the next, previously unimagined level?
- Where is the line between creepy and cool?



Who should attend?


This event is for BIMA members and of particular interest to technical directors, those working on creative digital projects and those within tech start-ups. If you are not a BIMA member and would like to attend please contact rachelarthur@bima.co.uk.



About Nathan



Nathan is one of the founders and Strategy Director of CreateFuture, a creative consultancy working with Adidas, Expedia, The Macallan and others on brand, marketing and product design. He has been working in digital innovation and delivery since the internet came on a CD.



About Chris



Prof Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at University of Edinburgh and leads on Creative Informatics, a new research and development programme that aims to bring Edinburgh's world-class creative industries and tech sector together, utilising data and data-driven technologies to develop ground-breaking new products, businesses and experiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bima-scotland-tech-director-innovators-roundtable-between-creepy-cool...
 
Description Beyond Conference 2019 - Fringe event - AI Primer 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 54 people attended the AI Primer Fringe Event was designed to prime delegates with a language for data-driven technology such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. Taking the format of a game show and hosted by Chris Speed, participants could collaborate as teams in answering questions that revealed what the data science is, and what it isn't.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://beyondconference.org/agenda
 
Description Beyond Creativity research symposium - Edinburgh November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organised and hosted a research symposium as part of Beyond Conference 2019:

What exactly is 'creativity' and more specifically, what does it mean to be 'creative' in the context of the Creative Industries? These are some of the questions we have been grappling with here at Creative Informatics in Edinburgh, but they are also cross-sector and countrywide concerns.

In order to start addressing such questions, we would like to invite interested parties to a research symposium taking place as part of the Beyond Conference in Edinburgh in November. Beyond is an annual R&D conference for the creative industries. In 2019 the conference explores the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and creativity, but the symposium will address creativity across the wider creative industries, providing an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and policy makers to meet up and share their experiences, ideas and concerns.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://creativeinformatics.org/showcase/on-creativity-and-beyond/
 
Description Beyond Research Symposium: On Creativity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 74 peopled attended the symposium exploring research and innovation in the creative industries on the last day of the Beyond Conference on the 21st November. This was held at Inspace, The University of Edinburgh. The event posed the question what exactly is 'creativity' and more specifically, what does it mean to be 'creative' in the context of the Creative Industries? Invited speakes Dr. Oli Mould from Royal Holloway, University of London, was asked to give a provocation based on his 2018 book 'Against Creativity'. Responding to Mould's provocation, Professor Vicky Gunn, Head of Learning and Teaching at the Glasgow School of Art, made the case 'for creativity'.As part of the symposium, participants were encouraged to give short (3 minute) 'lightning introductions', which some took the form of a poster or a brief talk. The event was documented by artist Elspeth Murray using her iPad to draw the event which was projected in real-time in the room and to anyone walking outside past the building.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beyond-research-symposium-on-creativity-tickets-72367223313#
 
Description CCCF Talking Heads: What I want to be when I grow up 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Kam Chan spoke at a special edition of Creative Edinburgh's Talking Heads series for the Creative and Cultural Careers Festival (CCCF) on the 12th March. The event offered the chance for students to mix with the wider creative community of Creative Edinburgh members and a chance to hear what life is like working in the creative and cultural sectors, make contact with industry professionals in a welcoming environment and find out more about employment opportunities. It was hosted by designer and animator Erik Ravaglia. The talks were across the creative sectors reflecting on their childhood dreams and ambitions and explore how these have impacted their career choices and where they are today.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cccf-talking-heads-what-i-want-to-be-when-i-grow-up-tickets-546963492...
 
Description Challenge Discovery Workshop - National Galleries of Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a half-day semi-formed Challenge Workshop (19th June, 2019) for the National Galleries of Scotland, bringing together representatives across business functions and across their four gallery sites and storage facilities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Challenge Discovery Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Challenge Discovery Workshops,open to anyone working in the creative industries in Edinburgh and South East Scotland were held in September (12/09/19) and October (17/10/19). These informal ideation workshops designed for cultural organisations to explore, identify and articulate potential challenges that require solutions around data driven innovation and creativity. Creative Informatics held 2 public workshops and Workshops start with a short presentation from a current Challenge Holder and include facilitated discussions. By the end of the session participants had a better understanding of the Challenge Project process and formed ideas and resources to help them develop their Challenge Holder application and take them into further development (including participation in Semi-Formed workshops for some) and Round 2 (or later) applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-challenge-discovery-workshop-tickets-70260608371...
 
Description Challenge Discovery Workshops - Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The workshop was the first run of a semi-formed Challenge development workshop (11th April, 2019) with our Challenge pilot partners, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and key stakeholders including Red61 (ticketing partner), CodeClan, Interface and The List. This workshop led to a well-formed Pilot Challenge with the Fringe. This was promoted with openly selected Round 1 challenges. This Challenge received 6 good quality responses with one selected and two more identified by the Fringe Society as potential collaborators for further discussion/future projects. The Fringe also found the process itself beneficial.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Challenge Discovery Workshops - Historic Environment Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This half-day semi-formed Challenge Workshop for Historic Environment Scotland helped to develop Challenge ideas and prioritisation of ideas for application to Round 2 (23rd September 2019)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Civic Digits data literacy workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Civic Digits project on teaching children about data literacy, has led to 30 workshops in schools across Scotland (with ~30 children participating in each workshop). The workshops utilise 2 technologies that have been built as part of Creative Informatics. These are 1) "Pip" - an interactive physical computing board, where children can control physical actuator output using their facial expression, and 2) "EvalMe" - an evaluation kit for measuring children's experience of interactive workshops - co-designed with UCL.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://civicdigits.com
 
Description Creative Bridge Press Release and feature on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Scotland website - May 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Creative Informatics' Creative Bridge programme press release and associated coverage, including feature on BBC Radio Scotland's "Good Morning Scotland" programme and an accompanying BBC Scotland news piece: "Move to help Edinburgh creative firms go digital', on 16th May 2019.

Further associated coverage included:
- The Scotsman: "Edinburgh's CodeBase pushes button on creative industries accelerator" (https://web.archive.org/web/20200310161514/https://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-news/edinburghs-codebase-pushes-button-creative-industries-accelerator-1417439)
- The List: "Creative Bridge: Learn how to take an idea for a digital product and get it off the ground" (https://web.archive.org/web/20191105100349/https://www.list.co.uk/article/112422-creative-bridge-learn-how-to-take-an-idea-for-a-digital-product-and-get-it-off-the-ground/)
- Insider.co.uk: "Codebase to bridge gap between tech sector and creatives" (https://www.insider.co.uk/news/codebase-bridge-gap-between-tech-16154914)

The press release and media coverage led to a substantial number of requests for further information and a boost to application numbers to the Creative Bridge programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://web.archive.org/web/20190516033543/https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-...
 
Description Creative Circles 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Creative Circles are casual monthly meet ups run by Creative Edinburgh offering an opportunity to hear about what is going on in the community and make connections. As partners of Creative Informatics, these twice-a-month meet ups have offered a platform to inform people of the opportunities available through our programme and events. Members of the delivery team and PDRAs have attended on a regular basis and have shared stories and offered advice to the community as well as directing them to get in touch.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://www.creative-edinburgh.com/
 
Description Creative Edinburgh Awards 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 2019's Creative Edinburgh Awards marked Creative Edinburgh's 8th Birthday and was hosted at The Hub where we joined to celebrate the bright ideas and beacons of light that illuminate Edinburgh's creative scene. Creative Informatics sponsored THE START UP AWARD, which was awarded to High Tide, a production company started in 2017, creating high end online content and encouraging transparency in their commissioning process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.creative-edinburgh.com/awards/2019
 
Description Creative Edinburgh Summer Party 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 103 people attended the first Summer Party hosted by partners Creative Edinburgh and sponsored by Creative Informatics. The event was held at Whitespace on the 18th July. The event is a chance for Edinburgh's creative community to gather and get back to the root of creativity. Guest speaker was innovative artist and designer Dominic Wilcox who took the audience on a short adventure in creativity, inspiration and how to find ideas. He works between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology to create innovative, thought provoking and surprising objects. His work includes the world's first pair of GPS shoes, tiny sculptures balanced on the hands of watches and a stained glass driverless sleeper car of the future currently on show at the Science Museum, London. Dominic has a passion for spreading the word about being creative and how to find ideas, giving talks around the world including speaking at the World Summit on Innovation at the UN General Assembly building in New York. He is also on a mission to inspire children to become the creative thinkers and inventors of the future with his worldwide Little Inventors project that turns children's ideas into real objects. Networking activities included creative inventions using a series of chose words and Creative Informatics asked people to jump into the data pool and tell us if they use data in their creative practices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-edinburghs-summer-party-tickets-63043881948#
 
Description Creative Industries Advisory Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation to the UK Creative Economy Creative Industries Advisory Group; 20th January, 58 Victoria Embankment London EC4Y 0DS
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Creative Informatics - CI Labs #1: Dancing with Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact CI Labs are an opportunity to see demonstrations and talks from artists, practitioners and academics who are working in new technologies and data-driven innovation. The free events are a chance to find out more about the Creative Informatics programme, network and connect with a wider creative community. Dance artist Lisa May Thomas presented her practice as our first CI Labs featured artist. Lisa is a contemporary dance artist, based in Bristol, who has worked extensively with dance for screen and is currently developing live choreographic, sensorial performances with new technologies. Lisa ran a VR demonstration throughout the evening, giving participants an insight in to how VR can be applied in an artistic setting through a performative 'dance'.
This was complimented by a series of lightning talks from speakers that will share real experiences, demystifying data-driven technologies and exploring the potential for using data in the creative and cultural sphere. These were by Benjamin Bach, Lecturer in Design Informatics and Visualisation, introducing data visualisation, demonstrating how interactive information visualisation interfaces can help people explore, communicate, and understand data.
Cristina Spiteri and Susanna Murphy from Bright Side Studios who specialise in immersive experiential design, creating innovative solutions and beautifully crafted content and software to build brands and tell stories. Their work includes interactive dance installation AbstrAction, and Message from the Skies, a large scale immersive storytelling experience, which appeared in locations around the city in January 2019 as part of Edinburgh's Hogmanay. Simon Chapple, a Senior Data Technologist, who is exploring how VR technology can be used in dance to create a more immersive experience for audiences and dancers, using 360 3D panoramic video to provide a more visceral experience that allows audiences to step inside a performance. He is also investigating how IoT sensors and VR technology could open up new methods of performance evaluation and training for dancers.
95 people attended on the 7th March where they participated listened to a range of speakers before the demo activities and networking. This was held at Inspace at The University of Edinburgh. Participants signed up for the VR demo led by Lisa May Thomas and her team which involved up to four groups of three people to to take turns of a led VR 'dance'. The VR visualisations were made available on a screen so all particpants had the opportunity to see what the VR headset wearer was experiencing. This led to people discussing their share experiences from different perspectives. The Lab offered those the experience to try new technology, discuss ideas and find out more about Creative Informatics and the opportunities we offer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-ci-labs-1-dancing-with-data-tickets-55909099622#
 
Description Creative Informatics - CI Labs #2: Place, Space and Experience 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact he second CI Lab was hosted by partner's Creative Edinburgh. This took place at Lava Town, a shared work environment for creative and immersive tech projects, based in Leith. As part of the CI Labs format, to reach out beyond the familiar city centre and academic locations and collaborate with the Creative Community across the South-East regions of Scotland from Fife, the Lothians to the Borders. A series of lightning talks from speakers that will share real experiences, demystifying data-driven technologies and exploring the potential for using data in the creative and cultural sphere.
Speakers included Tom Flint, Edinburgh Napier University, Donna Leishman, Glasgow School of Art and Brendan McCarthy and Sam Healy, Ray Interactive with Chris Harrison, Bespoke Lighting and Video. All discussed the status of interactive art and data-driven exhibits which included a giant, fully-playable replica of the Roland TB-303 synthesiser will be on display that the audience can enjoy throughout the night.
58 people attended on the 4th April where they participated listened to a range of speakers before the demo activities and networking. The event was hosted at LavaTown which is based in Leith, Edinburgh. This area is known for having a large creative community. As part of a wider outreach initiative to take our events to wider audiences that may feel deterred from places considered too academic or too formal. The Lab offered those the experience to play with new technology, discuss ideas and find out more about Creative Informatics and the opportunities we offer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-ci-labs-2-place-space-and-experience-tickets-591...
 
Description Creative Informatics - CI Labs #3: Sound and Vision 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lab 3 showcased artists and academics usiing data in their practice both visually and through sound. Speakers included Asad Khan who is a PhD student in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. He uses LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to simulate architectural visualisations, animations and narratives of catastrophic events. Asad shared his experiences of using military grade technology in a creative environment. From the Tinderbox Collective, the Tinderbox Lab is a new project and shared-studio space bringing together artists across disciplines with an interest in digital media and interactive technologies. They offer a range of workshops and courses, and are keen to collaborate and develop exiting new work in this area. Inge Panneels is a Creative Informatics PDRA and an artist whose practice engages with space (public art) and place (landscape). She discussed how digital technologies have enabled her to develop her practice as a glass maker and disseminate her work in new ways.
62 people attended the talks and networking event on the 17th May. During the networking sections of the evening, Creative Informatics offered a drop-in surgery for anyone wanting to find out more information about the funding opportunities and talk to a member of the team. Invited were Edinburgh Living Lab who are mapping the diversity of Edinburgh's creative and cultural activities.They are publishing an open-access, community-created map that includes city cultural assets, hubs and flexible spaces of past and present. The map will be used to discuss and analyse gentrification, arts equity and inclusion, and accessibility to culture in Edinburgh and surrounding areas. Particpants were invited to contribute. Hosting the Lab and Studio event at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop to the North of the city introduced a new audience to the arts establishment. As part of a wider outreach initiative to take our events to wider audiences that may feel deterred from places considered too academic or too formal. The Lab offered those the experience to play with new technology, discuss ideas and find out more about Creative Informatics and the opportunities we offer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-ci-labs-3-sound-and-vision-tickets-61150461677#
 
Description Creative Informatics - CI Labs #4: Data and Film 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lab#4 was part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival hosted at the delegate centre at the Traverse Theatre. It explored how data and data-driven technologies are influencing the making and business of film. Invited speakers included Rachel Maclean who is an award-winning multi-media artist based in Glasgow. Through experimental film and photography, she creates visually seductive work that explores politics, society and identity, drawing on a variety of references to popular culture. Rachel will talk about her art practice and look at "It's What's Inside That Counts?", her 2016 film that examines political aspects of pop culture including reality television, social media, celebrity and advertising. Richard Ashrowan is a moving image artist, independent film curator and founder of the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. He works with video and 16mm film, creating short single channel films, immersive video installations and live multi-projector performance experiments. Richard will discuss the different ways that filmmakers are using data to inform and inspire their work.
61 people attended the talks and networking event which included delegates from the Edinburgh International Film Festival on the 29th June. The event was in collaboration with the Traverse Theatre and the Film Festival as part of our ongoing strategy to bridge across various creative industries in and around Edinburgh. With a high profile artist speaking it offered our audience and growing creative informatics community to hear about the potential data has in their practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-ci-labs-4-data-and-film-tickets-62857115324#
 
Description Creative Informatics - CI Labs #6: CI Programme Showcase - Assembly Roxy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 66 participants attended the Creative Informatics Lab#6 'CI Showcase', held at the Assembly Roxy on 27.09.19. This event showcased CI and progress of the programme to date. Lightning talks from successful projects and participants currently funded by key strands of the Creative Informatics programme: Dr Tara Thompson (lecturer in English and Film, Edinburgh Napier University) representing Edinburgh City of Literature Trust, CI Challenge Holder; Mark Daniels (New Media Scotland and CI Challenge Holder); Ana Betancourt (Black Goblin Audio and CI Resident Entrepreneur); Andrew Girvan (founder of Scottie.io theatre platform start-up and CI Creative Bridge alumni); Hector Fried and Rory Gianni (InChat founders and CI Resident Entrepreneurs). This was followed by a Q & A session and networking events. The event highlighted the benefits of participating in the CI programme and available opportunities. It increased understanding of how creative industries use data-driven and new technologies in their creative practice and work, exemplified through projects and experiences presented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://creativeinformatics.org/events/
 
Description Creative Informatics - CI Labs #7: The Sound of Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lab 7 explored how data and data-driven technologies are changing the way that music is made, performed, published and distributed with an evening of live performances and presentations from musicians and producers that use data and new technologies in their work. Organised in collaboration with Delic, musicians and sound designers guided us through the various flows and types of data involved in making and performing music, audio and other accompanying media. A 'deconstructed gig' showcased how data intersects with creative practice, with short presentations from artists followed by live performances. They included Tef Dara who is an audiovisual artist and electronic music composer based in Edinburgh. He makes 3D real-time audiovisual systems that combine various contemporary aesthetics in non-linear forms. His compositions explore themes such as chaos, silence, dissonance, altered states, Human Computer Interaction and other intersections of culture and technology. He aims to blur the boundaries between audiovisual art and video games by creating game-like performance systems. Raw Green Rust who are a laptop trio that make improvised, gnarly glitch-dub, exploiting the musicians long working relationship and musical intimacy, constantly sampling and transforming each other, in pursuit of an organic, shifting sound mass. Atzi, Dave House and Esther Swift collaborate to create improvised ambient soundscapes, with Dave House (aka The Reverse Engineer) using live samples of cello, harp and voice from Atzi and Esther. Delic.network who are currently undertaking a Creative Informatics Resident Entrepreneur placement at Codebase, are creating a progressive asset management platform for independent music labels, management companies and artists, with the aim of helping artists to maximise the value of their catalogues beyond streaming services. They will be making live recordings of performances on the night that will be used as the basis for projects on the Delic platform during its user-testing phase.
122 attended the event on the 22nd October at Skylight, which is part of the Old Tollbooth Market in the historic Old Town, Edinburgh. Creative Informatics collaborated with local artist network Delic who also produce Decagram, a profit to artists craft beer, which was provided during the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-ci-labs-7-the-sound-of-data-tickets-75137320749#
 
Description Creative Informatics - CI Labs #8: How do we connect in the digital age? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 49 people attended on the 14th November to Lab#8 which was a pop up edition of Creative Edinburgh's regular Talking Heads event held at The Glassroom, Edinburgh Napier University. Three speakers from across the creative industries explore how innovation in the digital realm has changed the way that creative individuals and businesses work, connect and grow. Martin Jordan, Innovation Director at Equator, has developed a wide range of concepts based on leading technologies; from interactive presence-driven apps that communicate with a network of beacons through to cutting-edge artificial intelligence capabilities that are reshaping how clients interact with their data. Natalie Loh, Graphic Designer who has taken a roundabout route into design, via the veterinary world. Her design journey has led her to a nomination for the Creative Edinburgh Student Award in 2019 and given her the opportunity to take part in The Daydream Believers project, which won the Creative Edinburgh Collaboration Award. In 2018 Natalie spoke at TEDx Youth Glasgow on the importance of creative thinking in light of automation to an audience of over 2000 young people. Janet Smyth, Deputy Head of Learning & Engagement (Health & Wellbeing) at National Galleries of Scotland
Janet started her career with Scottish Book Trust as manager of the Readiscovery Campaign. She went on to be Director of the Pushkin Prizes in Scotland, a creative writing competition that involved Scottish and Russian schools and, in 2002, set up Blast-Off Books, a specialist children's bookshop and school supply business. In 2011 she became Children & Schools Programme Director at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, working to enhance the national and international profile of the children's and young people, schools and lifelong learning programmes. Since July 2019 she has held the post of Deputy Head of Learning & Engagement (Health and Wellbeing) at the National Galleries of Scotland. The evening coincided with the launch of E11, a new Creative Informatics studio space at Edinburgh Napier University. It will be a place for creative practitioners to explore and experiment with data in a friendly, open and supportive environment, with regular events and drop in sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-ci-labs-8-how-do-we-connect-in-the-digital-age-t...
 
Description Creative Informatics - CI Labs #9: Speculative Design and Future Thinking 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 78 people attended Lab#9 which explored Speculative Design as a way of using creative design practice to imagine what the future might look like. The event was held at Whitespace, a creative agency in the city centre of Edinburgh on the 23 January. The event introduced the thinking behind Speculative Design and present some entertaining and thought provoking exhibits and case studies form individuals working in this field. Tobias Revell, Programme Director at the London College of Communication, part of the University of the Arts London. Tobias is a co-founder of speculative design research consultancy Strange Telemetry, a founding member of Supra Systems Studio and one-half of research and curatorial project Haunted Machines. He lectures and exhibits internationally, and has recently appeared at Improving Reality, FutureEverything, IMPAKT Utrecht, Web Directions Sydney, Transmediale Berlin, ThingsCon and Lift Geneva. Alicja Halbryt, a human-centred designer interested in researching future trends and designing future proof services and experiences. Alicja's work explores controversial and difficult global topics. Her past projects have considered the future of online data privacy, the Hyperloop, and designing services for pedestrians living around self-driving cars. Larissa Pschetz, an interaction designer and a lecturer in Design at the University of Edinburgh. Larissa's research explores socio-technological narratives, interaction with autonomous systems, and technology inclusion. Exhibitions included pieces from Masters students from both The University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University. Networking events included a special Data-Divination reading by Creative Informatic PDRA's Chris Elsden and Susan Lechelt.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-ci-labs-9-speculative-design-and-future-thinking...
 
Description Creative Informatics - CI Studio #3: What makes creative data different? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 23 participants attended this workshop (22nd October, 2020) exploring how a data-driven approach could help navigate issues around IP in creative collaborations and disputes. A round table studio, led by Delic, considered how Intellectual Property is handled in the creative process, where data is connected to a living being or estate, rather than historic/transferable information. The studio included lightning talks from industry experts covering the current state of play in the music industry with regards to copy right law, publishing, and the role of music labels in a rapidly evolving landscape. The Delic team showcased their progressive asset management platform, designed to help independent music labels, management companies and artists maximise the value of their catalogues beyond streaming services, before inviting participants to take part in a design thinking session led by Martin Sweeny of Unstable Creations. Creative practitioners of all backgrounds attended this informal session, and were able to consider how IP is defined by creatives, how collaborators distribute credit in a creative project, and how a data driven approach could be adopted to address issues that arise when creative IP is disputed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-ci-studio-3-what-makes-creative-data-different-t...
 
Description Creative Informatics - CI Studio#4: Speculation and Fictions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 13 participants attended a session (20th January, 2020), led by Michael Smyth, Ingi Helgason and Shenando Stals of Edinburgh Napier University's Interaction Design group. This interactive event gave participants an overview of the Speculative Design approach with a brief introduction to a range of digital tools. Participants had the opportunity to experiment and try out digital tools to express ideas and discover new approaches for their work and creative practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-ci-studio-4-speculation-and-fictions-tickets-859...
 
Description Creative Informatics - CI Studio#5: Tools for Greener Making 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact CI Studio 5 (12th February, 2020) brought together 30 individuals and organisations working in and around the creative sector, with a particular focus on material based practices (visual arts/crafts/product design/architecture), to discuss existing good practice and explore future sustainable design models.
Participants were encouraged to share experience from their own practice in discussions around current challenges, possible solutions, and how data might play a role in affecting change.
Contributers included Veronique AA Lapeyre ,Craft Scotland whose Green Crafts Initiative encourages and supports makers to adopt sustainable making practices. Inge Panneels (Creative Informatics), whose craft practice recently interrogated the carbon footprint of a glass art project but found the tools to do so wanting. Diana Sykes from Fife Contemporary, whose 'climate emergency in practice' in October provided a useful precursor to today's workshop. Catriona Patterson (Creative Carbon Scotland (CCS)) who works with the arts and cultural sector to embed sustainability and engender culture change. Jon Hillier set up Cool Farm Tools as a one-stop tool for farmers to keep track of their carbon footprint (soil, water, energy, transport etc), Cécile Levavasseur from Edinburgh Tool Library who uses data to track and share tools for more sustainable making. Karen Ridgewell (Architecture and Design Scotland), whose Material Library at the Lighthouse in Glasgow visualises and aids material choices, and Ricardo Weigend (Edinburgh Napier University), whose research focuses on the Circular Economy for SMEs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-ci-studio-5-tools-for-gree6ner-making-tickets-90...
 
Description Creative Informatics - CI Studios #1: Creating Experiences 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The first of our CI Studios to explore how technology could shape the future of creative practice. Studios are informal hands-on events with a focus of learning about new technologies, share experiences, collaborate and discuss with other creative practitioners how working with data could enhance your creative practice or business. The first event was an introduction to to this format and it's desire to be led by the community. Participants were invited to divide into groups led a Creative Informatics facilitator to ask what they felt the gaps were, what they wanted to learn more about and what experiences they wished to share. Academics from the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University presented data-driven technologies as an exhibition and discussion point.
42 people attended and participated in discussions that led to ideas being collated and used for future planning in Studio events. This was held at The Glassroom at Edinburgh Napier University's Merchiston campus on the 4th April.
CI Studios are new regular informal events open to anyone working in the creative industries to meet, share experiences, and explore using data and data-driven technologies.
CI Studios are part of Creative Informatics, a programme looking at how innovative approaches and uses of data can transform, inspire, and inform creative work. We have exciting funded opportunities coming up over the next four years to support research and development for creatives in and around Edinburgh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-ci-studios-1-creating-experiences-tickets-591818...
 
Description Creative Informatics - CI Studios #2: Scanning 3D Artefacts 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Studio #2 explored how creative practitioners can share their work in new ways using digital technologies. This session was open to anyone with an interest in learning more about 3D scanning of artefacts, sculptures and spaces. Participants were introduced to photogrammetry and affordable 3D scanning tools, provoking discussions on the creative possibilities digital media can bring to augment making practices. John Morrison is an artist and practitioner with a passion for photography, sculpture and digital technologies. He is a lecturer on the Digital Media and Interaction Design programme at the School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University. Inge Panneels is an artist and academic whose studio practice engages with space and place.Her practice is rooted in materials, such as glass, wood, steel and concrete. She taught at the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland, for over twelve years and is a PDRA on Creative Informatics.
14 people attended and participated in the workshop which included trying out photogrammetry techniques using smartphones and 3D scanning with a structure senso; exploring the software needed for processing, experiencing and editing 3D images and finding out more about online tools such as Sketchfab , 3D printing and experiential techniques such as augmented reality (AR) and screenless projection. Such tools offer opportunities to create new audience experiences using readily available tools. This was held at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in Newhaven, Edinburgh on the 17th May. Many of the audience had never visited before and were introduced to the facilities, workshop, exhibition programme and courses available. This increased the profile of the venue as well.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-ci-studios-2-scanning-3d-artefacts-tickets-61029...
 
Description Creative Informatics - E11 Open Studio - Session 1 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Approx. 30 participants attended an informal open studio event on 4th December, 2019 to mark the opening of E11, Creative Informatics studio space at Edinburgh Napier University's Merchiston campus. There was opportunity to try out and promote the use of cutting edge creative technology, such as 3D creation tools for virtual reality, responsive sound and audio, immersive 360 degree video, interactive lighting, and sensor driven robots. It offered a forum for participants to contribute innovative ideas on how the space might be used productively for the creative community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-e11-open-studio-session-1-tickets-81947827157#
 
Description Creative Informatics -CI Labs #10: Data for Green Making 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 66 people attended Lab#10 which was delivered in partnership with Applied Arts Scotland and considered how environmental data is affecting making practices and the materials used in contemporary craft. This coincided with the Think Plastic: Materials and Making exhibition in the John Hope Gateway at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. How are data and environmental concerns changing the craft sector in Scotland and beyond? The event was hosted in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in their Science Buildings on the 13th February. Speakers included Carol Sinclair, Chair of Applied Arts Scotland and participant artist in the 'Think Plastic' exhibition. She combines porcelain with a variety of other materials to create installations and one off artworks on the themes of memory, connection and environment; Deirdre Nelson, a maker creating textiles which explore humour, place and social history. She recently completed an Artist in Residence at Nordic Artists' Centre Dale in Norway; and Lynne Mennie, a designer who combines a data-driven approach with hand weaving techniques. She recently took part in the Crafting Futures Mexico progamme with the British Council and is the practitioner lead for the Aural Textiles & Distributed Capabilities project. We were able to offer an exclusive viewing of the exhibition prior to the event for attendees. The event focused on a data-rich creative practice nor immediately perceived as such, crafts. Audience members and speakers spoke of how they realised how important data and innovations were to their practices and offered new ways of looking and making.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ci-labs-10-data-for-green-making-tickets-90775117821#
 
Description Creative Informatics Challenge Round 1 Press Release/Exclusive 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Exclusive with The Scotsman, and associated press release, highlighting the launch of the first round of Challenge projects, one of the key Creative Informatics funding streams. The article focused particularly on the challenge set by the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature.

The press coverage associated with this release resulted in considerable queries about the Challenges and a particularly high response rate to the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Challenge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://web.archive.org/web/20200310161723/https://www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/edinburgh-festi...
 
Description Creative Informatics Newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A Creative Informatics newsletter has been published fortnight since 12th July 2019 to a subscribed mailing list of 1712. The newsletters contain updates on funding opportunites, open calls, events, partner opportunities and links to blog stories regarding the programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description Creative Informatics Partnership Forum - One year on 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This first Creative Informatics (CI) Partnership Forum (The Old Dr Bells Baths) at which the CI team was joined by 41 representatives of the creative community.
Attendees were invited to provide feedback, share their experience to date and have an opportunity to find out more information on the project from an presentations and round table discussions: Community, what else can we be doing to grow our reach?; Applications, how are you finding the process?; Beyond Creative Informatics, support and sign posting; Connecting, is it clear what we are funding?; The forum helped the CI team to better understand how it can support the community through reviewing discussion and feedback, whilst outlining CI's future plans and the funding opportunities offered by the programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-partnership-forum-tickets-75224569713#
 
Description Creative Informatics team members featured on the Women in Data Data Driven Innovation Campaign 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Three Creative Informatics team members featured on the Data Driven Innovation initiative (DDI) Women in Data website, including extended discussion of Creative Informatics and creative work with data. The website is a campaign of the DDI programme - part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal. Women in Data is also due to be launched as a report, featuring work and research from across the campaign.

The team members featured are: Professor Melissa Terras (https://web.archive.org/web/20200310160029/https://ddi.ac.uk/women-in-data/professor-melissa-terras/); Dr Inge Panneels (https://web.archive.org/web/20200310155932/https://ddi.ac.uk/women-in-data/dr-inge-panneels/); and Nicola Osborne (https://web.archive.org/save/https://ddi.ac.uk/women-in-data/nicola-osbourne/).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://web.archive.org/web/20200310160235/https://ddi.ac.uk/women-in-data/
 
Description Creative Informatics: CI Labs #5: Performance in Motion 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Part of the Edinburgh International Festival Cross Currents programme, Lab#5 showcased work by the first Scottish Ballet Artist in Residence Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, Edinburgh Futures Institute Chancellor's Fellow Drew Hemment with an introduction to Experiential AI. During the networking session, demos were provided by Brightside Studio who used gaming technology to create scanned projections as part of their artwork "We are made of stars" and Cymasense visualising voice.
Cross Currents is a professional exchange and development programme for Scottish practitioners alongside their international counterparts. Responding to a need for support and development opportunities for arts creatives, Cross Currents provides time, space and an invigorating environment for sector leading creative producers and artists to refresh their current practice and consider their future potential.Cross Currents is a joint initiative between University of Edinburgh, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, British Council, Federation of Scottish Theatre and a number of key creative individuals. 66 people attended the talks and networking event which included delegates from the Edinburgh International Festival Cross Currents delegate programme on the 22nd August. The event was in collaboration with the festival as part of our ongoing strategy to bridge across various creative industries in and around Edinburgh. The talks showcase the potential of data and AI in realising new ways of producing working and in different mediums such as the work with the Scottish Ballet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eif.co.uk/about/learning-and-engagement/our-work-with-talent-development/cross-currents
 
Description DMA - Value of Data: Co-creating value in the digital economy / Parliamentary Reception, Scottish Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Shifting values: An introduction to the value of data in a digital economy

Our first whitepaper of the campaign is authored by University of Edinburgh academics Professors Chris Speed and Ewa Luger.

The work takes you through the key topics underpinning our quest to help you - and the customers you serve - value data:

The evolution of tech in marketing, and what this means for data and the customer
Growing our understanding of the flow of data
Value chains and value constellations
Designing value
The ethical data solution
The ethical use of data
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://dma.org.uk/article/value-of-data
 
Description Dark Data: Bias, Trust and Inclusion at Beyond 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nicola Osborne was invited to chair the panel discussion: 'Dark Data: Bias, Trust and Inclusion' (21st November) at Beyond 2019 (20th-21st November 2019), a conference organised by the UKRI. The conference had a single track and attracted an audience of around 350 local and UK-wide individuals interested in creativity and technology.

Panel description: From surveillance capitalism to prediction products to algorithmic bias there are clearly ethical and political challenges in the emerging data economy. This session explored the societal problems and unintended consequences of current implementation of AI and what we need to fix to make a better world. Panel included: Angus Bancroft, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Edinburgh • Nicola Osborne, Programme Manager at Creative Informatics, University of Edinburgh (Chair) • Karen Palmer, Storyteller from the Future and Artist • Prof Michael Rovatsos, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh.

The session led to feedback and discussion from the audience - both as part of the interactive portion of the discussion, and in subsequent discussion and follow up.

Video of the discussion has been made available as of January 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L-d1PPZflU&feature=youtu.be
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://web.archive.org/web/20200128163656/https://beyondconference.org/agenda
 
Description Data Play - 2019 Fringe Pavilion Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Design Informatics Pavilion is a pop-up exhibition space designed by biomorphis architects featuring a range of objects and experiences that invite you to step into the future. The exhibition will be interactive, mixing design with technology and exploring a number of themes aimed at provoking discussions on what it means to "design with data". The Pavilion will feature work from the research centre, Design Informatics Masters students and Tesco Bank who have been collaborating with us on their Mercury project for the second year running.

This year's Pavilion will stretch out into the new courtyard outside the Bayes Centre which is the University of Edinburgh's Data-Driven Innovation Hub hosted by the College of Science and Engineering.

The Pavilion will be supplemented by our newly launched events and exhibition space- Inspace; a collaborative hub where data meets creativity. It's a cultural space that connects and supports people around academic research, data and technology. Design Informatics will host a number of workshops in the space and also feature an after hours exhibition, Data Lates, of projection work across the windows of Inspace featuring work from Jake Elwes, Brightside Studios, Benjamin Bach, Asad Khan, Patricia Wu Wu, Dara Etefaghi, Pip Thornton and Ray Interactive.

For more details on each of the projects follow the links below.



Open daily 2- 26 August

Data Play- Bayes Centre Courtyard, 11am-6pm. Free entry

Data Lates- Inspace City Screen, Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB, 9pm-4am. Free entry

Events- Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, EH8 9AB. Free entry but sign up is essential, see individual events for times



Exhibition Identity: Peak15

Architect: biomorphis

Design Informatics and the Pavilion is supported by Edinburgh College of Art and the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh and is part of the Fringe. Also thanks to EPSRC and Creative Informatics for their support.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.designinformatics.org/event/data-play/
 
Description Data discussion at Literature Alliance Scotland conference 1 October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact DDI programme hosted a discussion on data and creative industries at the publishing conference, leading to further work on skills surveys to determine data capability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Delivery of creative tech and ideation workshop with Advertising industry 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Creative tech workshop with advertising industry creative directors arranged by DDI Programme in partnership with Design Informatics and Creative Informatics Cluster and two of their sectoral trade bodies DMA & IPA. Presentations by five academics in Design Informatics followed by facilitated ideation and presentation. Leading to better understanding of the power of data and emerging tech and leading to 3 further collaborations so far.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://dma.org.uk/article/harnessing-creative-tech-and-data-in-advertising?dm_i=5KA9,9JP,272CE,VAH,...
 
Description EFI Mixer and launch of Creative Informatics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Networking event to showcase and introduce the Creative Informatics project to Edinburgh Futures Institute community and partners on the project hosted at one of the Creative Informatics partners Codebase held on the 13 December 2018. Attendees included partners on the project, delivery team, Directorate, and academics, students and industry associated around the Edinburgh Futures Institute.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EIF - CI Studio - Cross Currents 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Part of the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) Cross Currents programme, Creative Informatics and theatre group 1927 shared experiences and collaborated with other creatives to develop ideas for how new products and services can be used in the creative process. Cross Currents is a professional exchange and development programme for Scottish practitioners alongside their international counterparts. Responding to a need for support and development opportunities for arts creatives, Cross Currents provides time, space and an invigorating environment for sector leading creative producers and artists to refresh their current practice and consider their future potential.Cross Currents is a joint initiative between University of Edinburgh, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, British Council, Federation of Scottish Theatre and a number of key creative individuals. 5 people attended this invite-only event hosted by the Edinburgh International Festival at the The Hub on the 22nd August. Participants were able to hear about the development of 1927, a multi-award winning independent Performance Company who merge animation and live performance, by Paul Barritt who is Co-Artistic Director in a private session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eif.co.uk/about/learning-and-engagement/our-work-with-talent-development/cross-currents
 
Description Engagement with the Nesta Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) International Council meeting in Edinburgh and Reception event - November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Engagement with the Nesta Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) International Council meeting in Edinburgh through a presentation by Yasmin Sulaiman on Creative Bridge, and participation in the PEC International Reception event by Chris Speed and Nicola Osborne (at the National Museum of Scotland), both on 13th November 2019. The engagement reached around 20 people - members of the PEC International Council, which includes professionals, industry representatives and policymakers drawn from a diverse international community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://web.archive.org/web/20200310165856/https://pec.ac.uk/people/the-international-council
 
Description Event at Fruitmarket Gallery Bookmarket: What Price Poetry? with Nick-e Melville 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact What Price Poetry?
Tue 18 Feb, 6.30-8pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
At Bookmarket, top level Waverley Mall, 3/1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BQ

An evening untangling the value of language, and its cost. We read the results of Thornton's work {poem}.py (2017),a poem receipt printer which uses the same calculations from Google's word stockmarket as her Bookmarket installation Arcadia. Poet Nick-e Melville applies processes of erasure and recontextualisation to reveal political machinations working under the surface of the communications that surround and target us.

Artist Pip Thornton's Arcadia (2020) has been made specially for The Fruitmarket Gallery's pop-up space in Waverley Mall, using LED screens hung in the bookshop's windows to display text that will be seen in the communal mall space below. The text is from Walter Benjamin's Arcades project. Each word appears along with a price which is allocated from Google's advertising platform. Arcadia invites us to consider the processes that generate monetary value around us, in both physical and virtual marketplaces. Arcadia is on display at Bookmarket until 29 March 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.fruitmarket.co.uk/event/what-price-poetry-pip-thornton-and-nick-e-melville/
 
Description Getting a Story from your Data event 28 November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact DDI Programme presentation of data driven innovation to publishing and theatre trade body members in partnership with Creative Informatics Cluster, Traverse Theatre and Federation of Scottish Theatre and Literature Alliance Scotland (includes Publishing Scotland) on 28 November 2019. The event was to inform and provide an example case study on how these industries could harness their data and gain insights from data sharing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Goethe Institute Artificial Intelligence Autumn Session. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk and activities as part of the Goethe Institute Artificial Intelligence Autumn Session, that introduced artists and art researchers to AI. 30 artists and art researchers from across Europe experimented with the impact of AI on their practice. My session introduced the legal and regulatory issues that artists who works with AI face
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.goethe.de/en/kul/ser/rep/aia.html
 
Description INterview piece for That's TV : Arcadia at the Fruitmarket Gallery Bookmarket, Waverley Mall Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A new digital installation confronting how advertising puts a price on language has been projected into Waverley Mall.
'Arcadia' uses LED screens to show words and their monetary value to search engines such as Google Ads, and can be seen from the communal mall space below.
Our reporter Ian McNally went shopping for more information on what the artist calls 'linguistic capitalism.'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.facebook.com/ThatsTVHeadlineNews/posts/2459078567677147
 
Description Invited Talk: Co-Designing with Things. ScotSoft 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited Talk: Co-Designing with Things. ScotSoft conference 3rd Oct. EICC, Edinburgh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://scotsoft.scot/speakers/chris-speed/
 
Description Invited Talk: Creative industries: Scottish perspectives and UK policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited Talk: Creative industries: Scottish perspectives and UK policy. 23rd September, Lighthouse, Glasgow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.create.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Creative-Industries-Policy-Workshop-Programme-23...
 
Description Invited Talk: New Economic Imaginaries, IFRRO World Congress 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited Talk: New Economic Imaginaries, IFRRO World Congress, 5th Nov, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c38813785ede114a7ca140d/t/5da04f090e075b4c63a5b4e4/157078708...
 
Description Invited debate: "Marketers must adopt an ethical data framework to engender trust with their customers". The Debating Group, House of Commons. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited debate: "Marketers must adopt an ethical data framework to engender trust with their customers". The Debating Group, House of Commons. Sponsored debate by DMA. 15th July. House of Commons, Westminster.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.debatinggroup.co.uk
 
Description Invited mentor for the Product Forge/Historic Environment Scotland "Heritage & History Product Forge" in Stirling 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited participation in the first Product Forge/Historic Environment Scotland "Heritage & History Product Forge" which took place at Codebase Stirling from 30th May to 2nd June 2019. Participation was as a mentor on Saturday 1st June 2019 helping teams to develop and refine their ideas mid-way through a three day hack event. This built on Creative Informatics' work to date, particularly partnership working with cultural heritage organisations. This was also an opportunity to work with new contacts from Historic Environment Scotland who have also and subsequently engaged in Creative Informatics events and Challenge strands.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productforge.io/events/history-and-heritage-product-forge/
 
Description Invited participation in Carnegie Trust Pittencrieff House Brain Storm Session - March 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited participation in a Pittencrieff House Brain Storm Session in Pittencrieff Park Pavillion, Dunfermline, 4th March 2020. The event was organised by the Carnegie Dunfermine and Hero Fund Trusts and brought together local policy makers, cultural heritage organisations, technical experts and community stakeholders to scope out a plan to restore and develop the historic Pittencrieff House. Creative Informatics were invited to take part to contribute expertise around the use of data and new technologies in cultural heritage contexts. The event enabled the capture of ideas that will now feed into future strategy and planning, with participants engaged to review at key points in the development of the plans for the building.

The event enabled engagement with stakeholders in Fife - part of Creative Informatics' geographic remit - and helped raise awareness of the work the programme does, as well as the possibilities of creative data driven responses to heritage sites and business models. There have been a number of follow up enquiries immediately following the event and it is anticipated these will lead to further collaboration opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact •2/4/2019 Invited talk "Institutionalizing Place: Materiality and Meaning in Bosotn's North End" University Dauphine Paris. Paris, France
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited presentation for Places of Creative Production: Scotland's Creative Ambition - October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited presentation for Places of Creative Production: Scotland's Creative Ambition on 18th October 2019 at The Lighthouse, Glasgow. This event was part of the wider Places of Creative Production project (https://placesofcreativeproduction.home.blog/) and brought together academic and creative industries audiences. The event was attended by around 80 people, with the panel the Creative Informatics presentation (Nicola Osborne) was part of, also attended by a larger group of student participants taking total numbers higher for this presentation.

There were various follow up queries and engagement around this event the invitation for which had emerged from previous engagement by members of the project team in other Places of Creative Production events and consultations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://web.archive.org/web/20200310164449/https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/places-of-creative-product...
 
Description Invited presentation to Scottish Funding Council (SFC) - June 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Invited presentation for the Scottish Funding Council on 13th June (Speed, Osborne), attended by SFC data scientists, data science interns, communications staff and Stuart Fancey, SFC Director. The Scottish Funding Council are one of three funders for Creative Informatics alongside the AHRC and the Data Driven Innovation initiative of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited presenter/panellist for "Going Global with Scottish Business" event in London Tech Week 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited presentation and participation on the panel of the sold out (~40 attendees) "Going Global with Scottish Business Network" event at Scotland House, London, on 10th June as part of London Technology Week. The event was attended by business people by London Tech Week participants from London, the wider UK, Europe, and internationally (including participants from India). The participation led to a large number of enquiries about Creative Informatics and was also covered in Scottish Business Network (SBN's) social media and web channels, as well as being featured in Startups Magazine (to which the URL below relates).

Inge Panneels (Creative Informatics PDRA) also attended the Createch 2019 event on 11th June, also in London Tech Week, further building on interest generated around London Tech Week 2019 in Creative Informatics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://web.archive.org/web/20200310154248/https://startupsmagazine.co.uk/article-scotland-fast-beco...
 
Description Invited seminar for data scientists and senior staff from Scottish Funding Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited seminar for data scientists and senior staff from Scottish Funding Council, 13/06/2019, Edinburgh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited talk for Creative Edinburgh Going for Growth Programme on Creative Informatics' use of CRM (Customer Relationship Management) tools and processes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited short presentation for participants on the Creative Edinburgh Going for Growth training programme on 25th March 2019 to the audience of around 12 participants in the programme, all of whom are creative SMEs learning how to develop their business. The presentation explained the Creative Informatics programme and how and why we use CRM - Customer Relationship Management - software and processes in our work. This both highlighted opportunities for using data and tools like Salesforce in business processes, as well as engaging and raising awareness of the programme to stakeholders who may wish to engage with events or funding strands in the future.

This presentation was developed from a presentation invited to open and lead a CRM session at the AHRC Creative Industries Clusters Partnership programme meeting in Belfast in February (25th-26th Feb 2019). This event had been for an audience of around 15-20 CICP programme team members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited talk: I and T people and what's in it for them 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk: I and T people and what's in it for them. LERU Doctoral Summer School, 16th July. University of Edinburgh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.leru.org/calendar/leru-summer-school-2019
 
Description Keynote address: Co-Creating Value within a Digital Heritage Economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote address: Co-Creating Value within a Digital Heritage Economy. Heritage Dot Conference, 3-4 June 2019. University of Lincoln, Lincoln.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://heritagedot.org/contributors/
 
Description Launch of the Creative Informatics Programme - November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Creative Informatics was featured, amongst other clusters, in a press release from UK Government - and subsequent press coverage - launching the Creative Industries Cluster Programme. This activity officially announced the project and raised substantial interest in the programme, opportunities for collaboration and associated funding streams.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://web.archive.org/web/20191014013341/https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-new-research-inv...
 
Description Linguistic Capitalism: Resistance and Intervention - invited talk at Urban Knights, Bristol 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Urban Knights is a salon style event, where current urban affairs and real-world issues are discussed in an intimate setting between host, speakers and audience. At each event speakers share their work for 10-15 mins, followed by questions and conversations with the audience. Each event last two-half hours, with the aim that in keeping presentations short, speakers and audience members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.urbanknights.org/meet-the-knights/pip-thornton/
 
Description Meet with HES to discuss partnering and get feedback on Interdisciplinary program 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact 9 March 2020 12:00-13:00 Alison Turnball, HES
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Meeting with NMS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact • 9 March 2020 16:00-17:00 Xerxes Mazda and Andrea Cops, National Museum Scotland to discuss engagement
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Meetings with Historic Environment Scotland and Edinburhg Intl Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 10 March 2020 16:00-18:00 meeting with Clair Bowie & Gillian MacDonald Historic Environment Scotland, Roy Luxford Edinburgh Intl Festival to discuss client challenge problems with student Q&A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Met with NGS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact • 27 Feb 2020 11:00-12:00 Bryan Robertson, CEO National Galleries Scotland to discuss student consulting projects for 2020/2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Algorithms conference Kyushu University, Japan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited talk "Never apologise, never explain: cultural approaches to apologies and the regulation of algorithms". 50 researchers attended a series of lectures on Ai regulation, my talk discussed the role of cultural studies and creative industries in designing human AI interfaces
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.kyushu-university-law.com
 
Description NEURAL Magazine: interviewed by Rachel O'Dwyer for 'Surveillance and the Surveyed', #63, 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact NEURAL Magazine: interviewed by Rachel O'Dwyer for 'Surveillance and the Surveyed', #63, 2019
Neural is a printed magazine established in 1993 dealing with new media art, electronic music and hacktivism. It was founded by Alessandro Ludovico and Minus Habens Records label owner Ivan Iusco in Bari (Italy). In its first issue (distributed in November 1993) there was the only translation in Italian of the William Gibson's Agrippa (a book of the dead) book.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://neural.it/issues/neural-63-surveillance-surveyed/
 
Description NEoN Digital Arts Festival, Dundee November 2019: talk on Linguistic Capitalism and Resistence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact NEoN (North East of North) aims to advance the understanding and accessibility of digital and technology driven art forms and to encourage high quality within the production of this medium. NEoN has organised exhibitions, workshops, talks, conferences, live performances and public discussions and established itself as a platform to showcase national and international digital art forms. By bringing together emerging talent and well-established artists, we aim to influence and reshape the genre. We are committed to helping our fabulous city of Dundee, well known for its digital culture and innovation, to become better connected through experiencing great art, networking and celebrating what our wee corner of Scotland has to offer in the field of digital arts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://northeastofnorth.com/archive/
 
Description National Centre for Immersive Storytelling: StoryFutures Academy Writers Lab: Creative Clusters Collaborations - participant - April 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The StoryFutures Academy Writers Lab: Creative Clusters Collaborations event will take place on 1 and 2 April 2019, hosted by our partner Punchdrunk at their Fallow Cross space: Ashley Rd, London N17 9LH (five minutes' walk from Tottenham Hale tube station in London).

This will be an opportunity for Creative Clusters to share ideas of creating narrative in Immersive spaces. We'll be working together over two days at Punchdrunk's purpose-built facility to put together prototypes with input from Punchdrunk StoryFutures Creative Practitioner in Residence and other members of the StoryFutures Team.

We want to use this event to share learnings across Clusters: immersive theatre, games, film, TV, VR and VFX. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the other activities of the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling: StoryFutures Academy and to network with other partners-and to make something.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.storyfutures.com/
 
Description Opening introduction to the Beyond Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Opening introduction to the Beyond Conference: AI & Creativity, part of the ISCF / AHRC Creative Economy Programme, 20-21 November 2019 - Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://beyondconference.org/#videos
 
Description Overview of Creative Informatics at enterprise foundation program meet up with Edinburgh Innovations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Provided an overview of the project and funding to students who were accepted onto the Edinburgh Innovations enterprise foundation program.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Panel on ethical issues around data at "Beyond" conference, Edinburgh, November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participated in panel on "Dark Data: Bias, Trust, and Inclusion" in major creative industries conference. This led to future requests for information and engagement from practitioners in the industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://beyondconference.org/agenda
 
Description Part of panel at Beyond Investment Breakfast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This lively and interactive event is perfect for those looking to find out more about the UK's investment landscape for immersive businesses. Throughout this knowledge sharing and networking event, you will get the chance to:

meet the Immerse UK team who can share more about how we can support businesses looking for investment;
discover what investment is available; from public funding sources to private investment;
hear first-hand from investors about what they look for when in creative businesses;
learn more about how to successfully securing investment and funding from companies who have recently participated in the Audience of the Future Immersive Technology Investment Accelerator
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.immerseuk.org/news/join-us-at-the-investment-breakfast-at-beyond-conference/
 
Description Performers and Creative Teams Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshops were a call for Fringe performers and creative teams to help us better understand the cost and value of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This took place during the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe with the aim of helping the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society to devise a comprehensive and robust Performers and Creative Teams Survey in 2020. This will seek to examine the cost (for and on) and value of the Fringe for performers and creative teams. This piece of work seeks to build on the Cost of Edinburgh survey done by Claire Stone in 2018. The main study will take place during and after the 2020 Fringe but the aim of the workshop was to collect data from 2019 companies and performers to ensure the right areas are being examined, asking questions that feel relevant and seek ways to support 2020 Fringe in a meaningful way. 21 people participated in the four workshops that took place on 6th, 12th, 19th and 20th of August 2019. These were facilitated by the Creative Informatics team, in collaboration with Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and Claire Stone. The aim was to ask participants to help us gain a better understanding of the cost and value of the festival, not only in monetary terms but wellbeing as well. The data collected will become the foundation for future research and survey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/performers-and-creative-teams-workshop-tickets-66861884697#
 
Description Practitioners present to UG students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact • 28 Jan 2020 17:00-18:00 Donella Steele and Gillian MacDonald of HES presented client challenge to UG students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Practitioners present to UG students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact • 4 Feb 2020 17:00-18:00 Fran Hegyi and Roy Luxford EIF presented client challenge to UG students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation at Electronic Literature Organization annual conference, Cork -July 2019 : Towards a Digital écriture féminine: Deconstructing the Language of the Digital Economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) is pleased to announce its 2019 Conference and Media Arts Festival, hosted by University College Cork. The conference and exhibition will be held from July 15-17, 2019, on UCC's campus in the heart of Cork city, Ireland. The theme for ELO2019 #ELOcork is "peripheries": delegates are invited to explore the edges of literary and digital culture, including emerging traditions, indeterminate structures and processes, fringe communities of praxis, effaced forms and genres, marginalised bodies, and perceptual failings. ELO2019 #ELOcork will mark the first time that the ELO conference has been hosted by an Irish institution: join us for this momentous gathering!
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://elo2019.ucc.ie/
 
Description Presentation to Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, Edinburgh, December 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Gave introductory presentation titled "AI and you" to introduce professionals from the advertisement industry to AI and ethical issues in AI.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentations to HES 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact • 26 March 2019 15:00-18:30 six student presentations for solutions to HES challenges to eight HES people including CEO and seven top managers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presenting at Codebase Ecosystem Meetup 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Creative informatics sponsored the meet up focused ecosystems. It focused on what makes a startup ecosystem? Entrepreneurs, investors, academia, and government, all play their part - but can you just combine all these things in a city with decent infrastructure and expect a startup scene to thrive? How can entrepreneurs leverage an ecosystem to give their company the best chance of success? And should we all be thinking more widely about what an "ecosystem" actually is? I did a talk to provide an overview on CI and how we are supporting the ecosystem.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.thisiscodebase.com/event-listings/codebaseedimeetup1
 
Description Public engagement event - invited speaker/exhibitor: Eyes Online: Understand your data, switch on your rights 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact EYES ONLINE - Invited speaker at event, also exhibited {poem}.py and Newspeak (2019):

This is a FREE interactive half-day of talks and workshops aimed at people who are not specialists in data or cybersecurity but would like to know enough to keep themselves right - suitable for anyone, regardless of knowledge or skill.

It will cover topics such as:

• What are your rights when it comes to your digital data and how can you use those rights

• Keeping yourself safe and private online

• What does the law say about data privacy and use by authorities?

• How can we trust anything online when there is so much fake news and fraud?

There will be a mix of hands-on practical installations and presentations from experts such as the Scottish Government, Open Rights Group, Police Scotland, cyber specialists, and academic researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eyes-online-understand-your-data-switch-on-your-rights-tickets-933095...
 
Description Public engagement event: Eyes Online: Understand your data, switch on your rights 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A one day drop-in event with lightening talks and 1:1 advice to members the public who want to know about their online risks, digital rights and how to protect and enforce them in practice. Talks from academics but also Police Scotland, and Scottish government
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description RGS-IBG 'Geopolitics of Language session', London - Aug 2019 - conference presentation: The Geopolitics of Google AdWords 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented in and co-organised paper seSsion at RGS-IBG 2019: The Geopolitics of Language: Agency, Power, and Meaning
Political scripts and discourses have been key topics of enquiry for political geographers, not least since the articulation of the subfield of critical geopolitics soon three decades ago. Geographers' preoccupation with 'the text' has been built on, expanded, and critiqued; most recently, redirecting attention to the non-representational and material. Yet, current political events remind us that practices of language are intrinsic to, and constitutive of, our engagements with 'the political'. Recent examples include the recognition of the inadequacy of 'climate change' to communicate what some now call a 'breakdown' or The Anthropocene; the emotive responses brought about by discourses of 'a new Cold War'; the pervasive language of the refugee or migrant 'crisis'; and Trump's deployment of particular modes of language that are as much about form as content. These are all significant issues that parallel and are entangled with the so-called pre-, non-, or more-than-representational and the articulation of political hope and 'trouble'.

With the UN designating 2019 the Year of Indigenous languages, it is also timely to consider the intimate connections between power, agency, and meaning. At the intersection of language and (geo)politics, it is these broad topics that this session seeks to explore further - and to bring them back into disciplinary conversation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://conference.rgs.org/AC2019/44
 
Description Reports delivered to HES 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact • 29 April 2019 Delivered six student consulting reports to Alison Turnball of HES: Developing an approach toward ICH at HES, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Intangible Cultural Heritage for HES, Community Empowerment, South of Scotland-Cycle through time, HES South of Scotland which were widely distributed and read within HES. HES CEO used ideas for new plans and presented to board
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Resident Entrepreneurs Discovery Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 21 participants attended a workshop held on 7th November, 2019, to help formulate ideas and develop applications for the Resident Entrepreneurs programme. The workshop format included short presentations from Creative Informatics (CI team and current Resident Entrepreneurs, followed by workshop activities to explore and develop your ideas with others. After the workshop, members of the CI team will also be available for 1-1 chats about your application. Participants had a better understanding of the Resident Entrepreneur process, with ideas and resources to help them develop their Resident Entrepreneur applications. Resident Entrepreneur Discovery Workshop was open to anyone working in the creative industries in Edinburgh and South East Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-informatics-resident-entrepreneur-discovery-workshop-tickets...
 
Description Resident Entrepreneurs showcase at an international creative industry event held in Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Two resident entrepreneurs of the Creative Informatics programme showcased their emerging data driven innovations in the exhibition hall of the MOVE Summit 20&21 February 2020 to the international audience including Pixar, Disney, ILM, Unity, Unreal, and Netflix which was attended by UK and Scottish industry and regional undergraduate students studying animation, VR, AR, VFX and CGI. The exhibition hall is interactive and attended by almost all 600 delegates over the course of the two day industry summit. Funding agency SDI and Scottish Government culture team representatives also attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.movesummit.co.uk
 
Description Space Creative Mash-Up on 12 November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Space Creative Mash-Up was delivered by DDI Programme in partnership with Creative Informatics Cluster and Space Technology Meet Up Scotland. The creative sector can provide data visualisation, gamification, animation and 3D modelling of space and satellite data and this event was to encourage co-working and collaboration. 96 Attendees were from space and satellite and creative disciplines. This has led to further events and an artists residency.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/space-meets-the-creative-sector-mash-up-tickets-77491405881
 
Description Space and Satellites Artists Residency Programme launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Space and Satellites Artists Residency Programme was launched on 4 March 2020 to invite artists to meet space and satellite data professionals to be inspired to use their data to create public engagement installations on a variety of topics using a range of potential data sources e.g. earth observation data on coastal erosion, weather patterns, animal migration deforestation, temperature. The launch involved presentations of space and satellite data and two artists examples of inspired creative work from such data sources. The fund was opened at that event and 4 residencies will be awarded for showcasing in July to the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-space-and-satellites-artist-residency-programme-tickets-955714...
 
Description Speaker at Women on top networking event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Provided overview on the creative informatics program to the EGG women on top first meeting at the Edinburgh Grand to approximately 35 attendees which was showcased on their social media which has an audience of over 13K followers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw9k8_0HOjz/
 
Description Summer school on law of digital economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 35 postgraduate students and legal practitioners from Europe and Japan attended a 2 weeks summer school on the law of the digital economy in Saarbruecken. As part of this event, I was responsible for a 2 day training session on "creative and empathetic legal tech", which introduced attendees to creative informatics, the impact it can have on tie practice, and also the legal and regulatory questions that it raises. They gained basic practical skills in using creative informatics tools for their domain.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.summerschool-itlaw.org
 
Description THE SYLLABUS website : selected as top pick by guest editor Hito Steyerl, October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact THE SYLLABUS website : selected as top pick by guest editor Hito Steyerl, October 2019

The Cyberflâneur #2: Hito Steyerl

The Syllabus is not just about hunting down eclectic content in the most remote parts of the digital terrain. We are also busy inventing new ways of experiencing and navigating it - not least because we feel that conventional social media use is now not very different from the Skinnerian operant conditioning. Hence, the Cyberflâneur.

This week's dose of "cyberflânerie" comes courtesy of Hito Steyerl - a renowned artist with a sharp eye for what ails the hyper-globalized and hyper-digitized world. We worked with Hito to identify the themes that interest her at the moment; then, we trawled our Syllabus stacks to produce a shortlist; finally, Hito selected her ten - and gave us snappy, uncanny comments about each of them. Navigate it any way you want!
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://the-syllabus.com/cyberflaneur/syllabus-hito-steyerl/
 
Description TeenTech Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 26 professionals and academics led an ideation workshop in collaboration with the BBC, R&D, TeenTech and Creative Informatics with around 50 pupils from two local Edinburgh High Schools. The pupils invited to respond to a challenge proposed by the Edinburgh Fringe Society through activities and discussions. these ideas were presented and voted on by peers with the winning ideas to be taken forward with TeenTech and see if they can be come reality. BBC TeenTech is an initiative developed by Maggie Philbin, TV presenter, to promote science and technology to teenagers. This was the first workshop on the 30th October in collaboration with Creative Informatics with more planned in future. It was held at Inspace, The University of Edinburgh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The Value of Words in an Age of Linguistic Capitalism - DAOWO Summit UK: The 2019 Blockchain & Art Knowledge Sharing Summit Feb 2019 Edinburgh University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The 2019 Blockchain & Art Knowledge Sharing Summit

Bringing together the worlds of art and blockchain the DAOWO Summit UK lays the foundations for a global transnational network.

Focused on establishing greater cooperation between the arts and blockchain industry, leading researchers and key artworld actors discuss the current state of play. Discussions focus on potential cultural and social impacts, technical affordances and opportunities for developing new blockchain technologies for fairer, more dynamic and connected cultural ecologies and economies. Two UK events are planned as a precursor to a DAOWO World Tour and Summit that seeks to forge a transnational network of arts and blockchain cooperation.

The Summit is organised with Furtherfield and New Media Scotland and is a free event open to anyone interested in the field, places are limited so please sign up via Eventbrite http://daowo.eventbrite.com

Programme Summary

State of the Arts: Blockchain's Impact in 2019 and Beyond| Ruth Catlow and Ben Vickers on developments from critical practice to the business of arts and the blockchain. Followed by discussion hosted by Clive Gilman
Make / Do / Block | Panel discussion with 5 creative practitioners whose work allows us to experience the otherwise abstract technology of blockchain. Hosted by Prof Chris Speed and Mark Daniels.
What value does the blockchain bring to collecting art? | Ruth Catlow in conversation with Marianne Magnin, London Director of Arteïa
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.designinformatics.org/event/daowo-summit-uk/
 
Description Think Piece on the theme of Scotland2050 for Scottish Government 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 2050 Think Pieces for Scottish Government

We asked planning stakeholders to provide think piece contributions on Scotland 2050 to stimulate discussion and debate during the early engagement period and to help stakeholders to think about priorities for NPF4.

Martin Valenti -
Environmentally Responsible Economic Growth

Emma Ritch -
Gender Inclusive Places

Fiona Garven -
Community Development

Russell Jones -
Healthy Places

Steven Tolson -
A Plan to Grow More Food

Diana Findley -
Places for Older People

Aedan Smith -
Scotland's Environment

Dr Ruth Lightbody -
Community Engagement

Anna Beswick and Joseph Hagg -
Adaptive Places

Jim Valentine -
Our Cities

Diarmid Hearns -
Nature on a National Scale

Stephanie Conesa -
Our Renewable Energy

Vincent Goodstadt -
Scotland 2050: Lessons from Our Spatial Planning Heritage

John Lauder -
Our Active Travel Networks

Professor Chris Speed -
Our Arts and Cultural Environment

Rona Gibb -
Our Active Travel Networks

Calum Macleod -
A Thriving Rural Scotland

Tim German -
Our Energy Systems

Deryck Irving -
Future Green Networks

Liam Fowley MSYP -
Report on #WhatsYourTake

Angus Hardie -
Empowered Communities

Susie Fitton -
Places for Disabled People

Grant Carson -
Building a More Accessible World for us all

Jim Birrell -
Future Chief Planning Officers

Sally Thomas -
Our Future Homes

Phil Prentice -
Town Centres of The Future

Riddell Graham -
Our Tourist Industry

Elaine Fotheringham -
Our Flood Risk Management

Tammy Swift-Adams -
Enjoying The Fruits of Collaboration

Dr Matthew Lane -
Self and Custom Build

Andy Milne -
Rebalancing and Regenerating Planning for People and Places

Professor Iain Docherty -
An Accessible Scotland

Anne Johnstone -
Our Vacant and Derelict Land

Jo O'Hara -
Forestry and Woodland

Andy Kerr -
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.transformingplanning.scot/media/1265/tp-our-arts-and-cultural-enviroment-v2.pdf
 
Description WE MAKE MONEY NOT ART: interviewed on past and future work by Regine Debatty, October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact WE MAKE MONEY NOT ART: interviewed on past and future work by Regine Debatty, October 2019
Régine Debatty is a writer, curator, critic, and founder of we-make-money-not-art.com, a blog which received 2 Webby awards and recently received an honorary mention at the START Prize, a competition that acknowledges " innovative projects at the interface of science, technology and art". Régine is known for her writings that explore the connections between art, science, technology, and social issues. She writes and lectures internationally about the way in which artists, hackers, and designers use technology as a medium for critical discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://we-make-money-not-art.com/linguistic-capitalism/
 
Description What are Words Worth to Google - Creative intervention at Beyond Conference on Creativity and AI, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Beyond is the R&D conference for the creative industries. It explores the relationship between research, academia and business innovation and tackles the challenges impacting the future of the sector.

In its 2nd year, Beyond 2019 focused on the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and creativity, with themes addressing the opportunities, challenges and controversies these innovations present.

Beyond provides a unique forum to share knowledge, discover opportunities and connect with business leaders, creatives, researchers, policy makers, journalists and funders.

Taking place at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh in November, this year's Beyond featured lively debate, panels, short talks, innovative exhibitions and plenty of networking.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://beyondconference.org/speakers/pip-thornton/
 
Description Workshop : How can creative intervention and public art help us to think critically about data and the power of digital technology companies? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact scoping workshop relating to EFI Research Award : How can creative intervention and public art help us to think critically about data and the power of digital technology companies?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop at MozFest - "Fusing Storytelling and Tech to Bring us Closer Together" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop was held at MozFest 2019 in London, and was intended to help participants ideate how technology could mediate personal storytelling to foster community building.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/fusing-storytelling-and-tech-to-bring-us-closer-together/46595
 
Description Workshop for EIF 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact • 20 August 2019 15:00-17:00 Cross currents program for Edinburgh International Festival: Conflicting Voices, Creating Communities. Led a workshop for primarily theater directors and organizers on how to engage different communities and extend participation in their organisational programmes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description meeting with EIF 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact • 18 March 2019 planning meeting with Wezi Murha Edinburgh Intl Festival to discuss cross current offering for August festival
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description meeting with EIF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact • 24 September 2019 13:30-14:30met with Fran Hegyi and Roy Luxford EIF
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description phone call 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact • 19 Nov 2019 14:30-15:00 phone call with Alison Turnball, HES
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description talk with HES 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact • 13 Sept 2019 13:00-14:00 Donella Steel, HES re: student client project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description week-long workshop session - Goethe Institute Glasgow - Artificial Intelligence Autumn Session - October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact An opportunity for shared learning and knowledge exchange for Emerging artists and researchers based in the UK and internationally, working in the wider field of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.goethe.de/en/kul/ser/rep/aia.html
 
Description workshop with third sector org 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Workshop on co-designing curriculum and partnering for creative industries
• 24 Feb 2020 11:30-13:30 EFI partner co-design meeting: Julia Amour, Festivals Edinburgh, Roy Luxford, Edinburgh Intl Festival, Jim Hollington Eindburgh Edinburgh International Festival, Craig Taynor Made Brave, Steve Brown Primate, Francine Fowle, National Gallery Scotland, Andrea Cop, National Museum of Scotland, Sandy Thomson Poorboy Theatre, Rachel Brown Cultural Enterprise Office, Jaki Love Textiles Scotland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020