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lecture: Reading and Writing Landscape – Framing Reality with Data

How many swimming pools are in Los Angeles? And can you print landscapes?

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The talk is about the process of mapping (reading) and shaping (writing) reality with data in the contemporary age of big data, open data, crowdsourcing, citizen science, agriculture and precision farming.

The first part of the talk attempts to highlight on one hand the emerging and powerful role of non-domain experts in the discovery of scientifically and socially relevant information, and on the other hand seeks to emphasize the darker, creepier, and more contentious issues surrounding data processing and exploration like for instance data privacy issues etc.

The second part tries to get on the abstract idea of reading and writing landscape further to the domain of agriculture and precision farming. The talk showcases the project "Avena+ Test Bed" which is an experiment to explore the relationship between landscape, agriculture and digital fabrication.