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Sunday, March 9 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Data as Art: Musical, Visual Web APIs

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New tools are making the data in our digital world more accessible and more expressive -- even if number crunching isn't usually your thing. With open APIs and open tools that let even non-programmers learn to code, there are new opportunities to make our Web-powered lives more meaningful. S. Joy Mountford, a pioneer in interface design and a veteran of the original QuickTime team, will show a series of visualizations that her team at Yahoo has produced. These show flight segments turned into dynamic parabolic trails of light, Yahoo Answers feeds showing key words as animated word clouds, the extent of mail traffic reach and topical search query bursts around the world. These displays are the start of an interactive, truly personal Web 3.0 environment. Some people described these applications as 'useful' art, but Joy thinks they may be a start towards a different type of interface. Ready to try making these kinds of tools yourself? Peter Kirn, an educator, composer, and media artist, will give a hands-on overview of how you can begin to manipulate this data, even if you're not a programmer. Using the free, open source tool Processing, you can translate Web data into three-dimensional animations or even real-time music.

Sunday March 9, 2008 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Austin Convention Ctr Room 9

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