Open data come to the Science Festival
Last Saturday, 9 June, the Parc de la Ciutadella was transformed into an outdoor laboratory with over 230 activities, bringing science, technology, innovation and research to members of the public from all walks of life. The twelfth edition of the Science Festival presented, for the first time, a space called "Data cloud", dedicated exclusively to activities designed to make people aware of the importance of open data and the benefits of their use.
This space opened to the public with "Open Data for dummies", a new interactive project in collaboration with Eduscopi which enabled everyone to access the world of open data in a recreational and educational way. Participants in the activity were able to explore two different routes and analyse, on the one hand, data relating to complaints from Barcelona’s city residents and, on the other, data relating to traffic accidents. Thanks to its success, the resource has been incorporated into the Open Data BCN's web page so it can be consulted.
Once everything had got into gear, Lluís Aguilar, from Lovelymaps, showed participants from the "Create your own film map" workshop how to represent the city’s accidents using Firefly mapping, where it was possible to display the accident hotspots and most critical times and even create dynamic representations of these data.
To finish off the afternoon, students from two of the schools that took part in the Barcelona Open Data Challenge, IES Ferran Tallada and IES J. Serrat i Bonastre, presented the projects "Social Cohesion" and "Traffic Accidents", which were very well received by attendees.