DataArt was initiated by 2 artists Tom Corby and Gavin Baily with a mission to try to get the BBC to release as much of this data as possible, and change the way it was using it as a public resource.
The project consists of a Website presence through which visualisations of BBC data is made publicly available for use and download. To date 12 projects have been released, half of which are fully open-sourced and come with developer code, data and design notes. These include visualisations of BBC and other news organisations news stories (e.g. The Guardian newspaper), alternative software for browsing the BBC website, hybrid broadcast and web applications and visualisations of hot topics such as climate change.
The Data Art project is a collaboration between BBC Learning Innovation and the Centre for Research in Education, Art and Media (CREAM) at the University of Westminster. The University of Westminster's contribution to this project is funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Bios of the Artists
Tom is the deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Art and Media at the University of Westminster. His research explores how artists and designers can employ digital information as an expressive medium. He studied Fine Art at Middlesex University and has a PhD from Chelsea College of Art & Design.
Gavin is a producer, developer, and founder of TraceMedia. He has worked on arts, visualisation and research projects in various commercial and academic contexts. He studied Fine Art at Oxford University and Computer Science at University College London.