Day dawned brightly again on day four of the innovation week.

Grabbing a cup of tea and some breakfast, we settled down for the first talk of the day. This was from Neil McGuire, a Glasgow designer and lecturer of some renown. He gave a very visual presentation of the application of design, as you might expect, looking at typography, colour, impact and how we communicate our ideas. Keira from Snook also talked us through the final (Deliver) stages of the service design double diamond.

Thereafter the day was ours – working on prototypes, user testing and feedback etc, pausing intermittently to give updates to the room.

Dundee planning applications
Dundee planning applications

I continued, along with another team member, to work with the data part of our project. We had a GeoRSS feed from Dundee – which is a complex data structure in itself. I was able to extract the 52 current planning applications, and started to unfold the contents of these – eventually producing a rough TSV file. However the 52 records had inconsistent attributes, so there was misalignment of column values.

 

 

 

I also had managed to grab a huge CSV of species reporting for the same area. Bigger files from NBN are sent as an email with a link to down load them. That was classified as spam Рand it too a while to spot it. My colleague, Keith was able to refine the query which produced it down to a smaller set. Had we established familiarity with the NBN Atlas interface  earlier in the week, we would have been able to produce more meaningful sets of data. He was able to do a very rudimentary plot of some of that using a Jupyter notebook.

 

Species sightings
Species sightings

Our team member with experience in mapping, who we had hoped would plot both of our sets of data, had been absorbed into the user prototyping team, and was busy hand drawing maps of potential user interface screens.

By late afternoon we admitted defeat – and joined back with the full team to help finish the visual design of tomorrows presentations. While we have no data products to show, and we were frustrated by that, looking on the positive, we should at least have some interesting artefacts to dress our stall with in the morning.

Sinister wee people
Sinister wee people

We are all looking forward to seeing the other teams’ work laid out for inspection tomorrow.

Data Lab Innovation Week – Day Four
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