Embodied Information: Local Trees, Datasets, and You

Spring + Fall 2022 University of Pennsylvania

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workshop teaching

This workshop explores tree data in The Woodlands, an historic garden and cemetery within walking distance of Penn's main campus. In this session, we experience the small, subjective, and personal side of data: what Giorgia Lupi calls data humanism and Kelly Dobson calls data visceralization. We visit the Woodlands for a short nature walk and gather our own small datasets based on our experience there. Collectively, we consider what these small and subjective data experiments can show us, how they compare to other kinds of data collected about the Woodlands, and how small data and big data together can ultimately illuminate different experiential realities of a place or an ecosystem.