Climate Data – The importance of data to act against climate change

Workshop series, June–October 2021

As part of the Distributed Design platform, for its 4th year of participation OpenDot is helding a Workshop Series in collaboration with Dotdotdot on the topic of climate change, with the intention at sharing the know-how acquired in the process of developing the installation Earth Bits – Sensing the Planetary.

In the spirit of New European Bauhaus, the workshops offer an opportunity for advanced training and professional exchange at the intersection of data science, technology and design, creating a space for experimentation and learning. “Climate Data” is an invitation that fosters cross-disciplinary practices to look at the sustainability challenges from multiple perspectives and gives tools to understand and develop innovative skills towards a more sustainable future.

The workshops will be free under subscription, with limited places (max 20pp), and part of the DD – Distributed Design project, funded by the Creative Europe program. You can choose to attend only one or all the workshops. The meetings will be held online through Zoom and also, if the sanitary measures will allow it, on-site at Opendot.

Registration open HERE!


30 JUN SATELLITE DATA – 9.30-13.30 AM GMT+2

Monitoring pollution with ESA Sentinel

We’ll talk about the European Space Agency’s Copernicus program and the importance of open data to raise awareness about the correlation of rising T°, urban heat islands and concentration of NO2 caused by human activity. The participants will learn how to get raw data from the ESA repositories and process them with Snap, the ESA software for Copernicus Sentinel data processing and analysis.

Requirements: basic understanding of Python

We’ll use: ESA SNAP software



The emotional value of data

We’ll talk about sound synthesis and generative music techniques with SuperCollider, with a basic introduction to the data sonification field. The participants will be able to apply some of the main data sonification techniques on Temperature and other datasets, and to create their own unique sound track.

Requirements: basic experience with SuperCollider or experience with programming and audio/media applications; PC with SuperCollider installed.

We’ll use: SuperCollider

Selections are open at the link


06 OCT DATASPEAKS – 9.30-13.30 AM GMT+2

Visualizing waste to raise awareness

We’ll talk about data visualization (dataviz vs. infographics; from data to insight; visual variables; design iterations; etc.) and strategies when approaching a dataset. Participants will learn effective ways to transform data into insights in order to raise awareness about the impact of recycling; they will also get a better understanding on how design choices can affect the perception of information in the final output: from the ERP/Novoverde dataset about recycling plastics, e-waste and batteries, participants will build a series of data visualizations, starting from pen & paper and moving on to computer graphics.