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Creative Informatics at the DataFest Fringe!

DataFest 2020 is just around the corner, and we are delighted to have four events in the DataFest Fringe Programme! 

DataFest is a two week festival of Data Innovation, showcasing Scotland’s leading role in data science and artificial intelligence. Now in it’s fourth year, DataFest 2020 will see more than 60 events running across the country from the 9th to the 20th of March, bringing together local and international talent, industry, academia and data enthusiasts. We’ll be running free Creative Informatics Fringe events throughout DataFest 2020, registrations are open now!

CI Labs #11: Data-Driven Publishing

How is technology disrupting the publishing industry and providing artists with new opportunities to disseminate their work?


J.R. Carpenter – The Gathering Cloud

CI Lab 11 is taking place on Saturday the 7th of March at Custom Lane in Leith. Organised in collaboration with the Fruitmarket Gallery as part of their Artists’ Bookmarket, this event will consider how digital technology has opened up new ways of making and disseminating creative work, providing unprecedented access to audiences and enabling artists to record and archive work in ways that make it more accessible and interactive.

Our speakers will include artist and writer J.R. Carpenter, and Jen Ross, co-director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh.


Resident Entrepreneur Discovery Workshop

Find out how the Creative Informatics programme could support you to develop a new data-driven product or service in the creative industries.

Are you a creative individual or a small team looking for the time, space and funding of up to £12,000 to develop a new data-driven product or service?

Resident Entrepreneur Ana Betancourt, Black Goblin Audio

Do you have initial ideas about innovative uses of data in the creative industries but need collaborators to take your ideas further?

Come along to our Resident Entrepreneur Discovery Workshop on Monday the 10th of March at Inspace, University Of Edinburgh, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB, to find out more about applying to be a Resident Entrepreneur, ahead of applications opening on the 23rd of March.


CI Studios #6: Digital Publishing Do’s and Don’ts

How can a data-driven approach to publishing maximise productivity and audience engagement for artists looking to share their work?

Helen Douglas – The Pond at Deuchar

CI Studio 6 is taking place on Tuesday the 10th of March at the Fruitmarket Gallery’s pop-up space at Waverley Mall. Organised in collaboration with the Fruitmarket Gallery, this interactive session will explore the practicalities, possibilities and pitfalls of digital publishing, providing an introduction to the tools and platforms available, alongside examples and case studies from artists’ using these formats to disseminate their work.

CI Studio 6 will bring together creative practitioners and digital publishing specialists, to explore data-driven approaches to publishing, marketing and producing creative content. Contributors will include artist and author Helen Douglas.


Ethics and Fairness in the age of AI & Big Data

What are the ethical implications of advances in data-driven technologies for the Creative Industries?

E11, Napier University Merchiston Campus

Taking place on Thursday the 19th of March in our E11 Studio at Edinburgh Napier University’s Merchiston Campus, this interactive workshop will connect creative practitioners with local experts in ethics and data-driven tech at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University, identifying key areas of concern regarding the use of data-driven tech in Creative Industries.


The session will start with provocations and presentations from Creative Informatics researchers on case studies of ethics and fairness issues across the creative industries. Participants will then be invited to share their ideas and experiences in an open discussion exploring some of the key issues around ethics and fairness in the creative industries led by Burkard Shafer, Professor of Computational Legal Theory at the University of Edinburgh, and Dr. Oli Mival, Head of User Research (UX) at Skyscanner.



If you have questions about any of our DataFest Fringe events, contact the Creative Informatics team who will be happy to help at at creativeinformatics@ed.ac.uk.



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