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      Fractalnoia – 11 Datasets You Cannot Believe Just Happened

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      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015) (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      7 & 9 July 2015

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            The collection of data is increasing exponentially and it is more and more available to the general public as private databases are opened up. This Big Data holds promises of new insights, unparalleled innovation, even artificial intelligence. However, the ubiquity and availability of data connected to our human desire to see patterns where none exist means that humans have to deal with increasing amounts of meaningless data analysis, "fact-based" conspiracy theories and click-bait infographics. As the data is all digital it morphs easily into whatever we want, releases itself from the context and appears on fashionable graphs that may look nice, but carry no meaning. The decoupling of data and its context is a problem in all levels of society. Cherry-picking “letting the data speak for itself”, or reducing a complex issue to a set of KPIs (key performance indicators) makes the view of an issue distorted, whether it is about corporate strategy, national policy or personal health decisions. Furthermore, because we have an implicit faith in numbers, it prohibits alternative views to an issue or at least demotes them to a lower status.

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            Conference
            July 2015
            July 2015
            : 5-6
            Affiliations
            [0001]Aalto University

            Koulukatu 20 as 21

            20100 Turku, Finland
            [0002]VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

            Tekniikankantu 1 PL 1300

            33101 Tampere, Finland
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/eva2015.44
            48eb0906-96d5-4762-8a17-0feddf6db002
            © Tomi Dufva et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2015, UK

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015)
            EVA
            London, UK
            7 & 9 July 2015
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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