Information Plus is a biennial conference on interdisciplinary practices in information design and visualization. The last edition took place in Potsdam Germany from 19 to 21 October.
Organizers have just updated the website with video recordings of the first conference day and photo documentation of the workshops, exhibition and dialog dinner. The remaining videos will follow over the next weeks.
OneSoil Map allows to explore and compare fields and crops in Europe and the United States (44 countries in total). The overview map helps to understand patterns of fields sizes and crops in different regions. Zooming in enables to know a specific field in detail: the hectarage, the crop, and the field score. Besides, the key feature of the map is that it allows users to see how these fields have changed over the past three years (2016 – 2018). The map reveals insights about local and global trends in crop production for farmers, advisers, and dealers. It helps to predict market performance at all levels and fosters smart decision-making.
Data collection and technology
The map was created by the startup OneSoil and is a continuation of the OneSoil digital farming platform, which automatically detects fields, identifies crops through satellite imagery analysis. The core technologies are based on AI, deep learning models, computer vision, IoT and original machine learning algorithms, which enable the company to process data in real time:
“First, we learned how to clean the satellite photos from artifacts to ensure correct processing of information. Second, we trained an algorithm to allocate field boundaries automatically. For the map, we simplified the boundaries so that the visualization is really fast. The accuracy of crop classification, or F1 score, is 0.91. Third, we trained another algorithm to automatically determine a crop that grows on a field. Fourth, we created what you can now see: the map.
The exhibition “Existência Numérica” (“Numerical Existence”), that will open on September 17 at Oi Futuro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), presents visualization works approached poetically. Migration flow, urban mobility in rental bicycle systems in New York, London and Rio, investments in science and technology made in Brazil in recent years, are some of the themes addressed by Brazilian and foreign artists who are at the forefront of data visualization, an area where art meets computer science.
Last week, I co-hosted a workshop at the Thought For Food Academy Program, an international event dedicated to engaging and empowering the next generation of innovators to solve the complex and important challenges facing our food system. And for that to be, the annual TFF Academy and Summit bring together interdisciplinary professionals from science, entrepreneurship, industry, policy, and design to explore, debate and create ‘what’s next’ in food and agriculture. The TFF Academy Program took place in Escola Eleva, Rio de Janeiro, from 23 to 26 July. The full TFF Program can be accessed here.
I had the opportunity to propose a hands-on activity on Data visualization for spatial data analysis as part of the Big Data and GIS specialization track offered to young students and entrepreneurs from all over the world. In total, 35 participants from 20 different nationalities participated in the workshop. I co-hosted this track with Brittany Dahl, from ESRI Australia, and Vinicius Filier, from Imagem Soluções de Inteligência Geográfica.
The resources for this hands-on activity (slides and instructions) can be found on my personal website.
A special thanks to Leandro Amorim, Henrique Ilidio and Erlan Carvalho, from Café Design Studio, who helped to line up this activity.
The last seminar held by the Vision and Graphics Laboratory was about data mining with historical documents. Marcelo Ribeiro, a master student at the Applied Mathematics School of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (EMAp/FGV), presented the results obtained with the application of topic modeling and natural language processing on the analysis of historical documents. This work was previously presented at the first International Digital Humanities Conference held in Brazil (HDRIO2018) and had Renato Rocha Souza (professor and researcher at EMAp/FGV) and Alexandre Moreli (professor and researcher at USP) as co-authors.
The database used is part of the CPDOC-FGV collection and essentially comprises historical documents from the 1970s belonging to Antonio Azeredo da Silveira, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil.
• +10 thousand documents
• +66 thousand pages
• +14 million tokens / words (dictionaries or not)
• 5 languages, mainly Portuguese
Browsing the content from Information Plus Conference (2016 edition) I bumped into a really interesting presentation regarding the use of graphical user interfaces and data visualization to support the exploration of large-scale digital cultural heritage.
One View is Not Enough: High-level Visualizations of Large Cultural Collections is a contribution by the Urban Complexity Lab, from the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Check the talk by Marian Dörk:
As many cultural heritage institutions, such as museums, archives, and libraries, are digitizing their assets, there is a pressing question which is how can we give access to this large-scale and complex inventories? How can we present it in a way to let people can draw meaning from it, get inspired and entertained and maybe even educated?
The Urban Complexity Lab tackle this open problem by investigating and developing graphical user interfaces and different kinds of data visualizations to explore and visualize cultural collections in a way to show high-level patterns and relationships.
In this specific talk, Marian presents two projects conducted at the Lab. The first, DDB visualized, is a project in partnership with the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. Four interactive visualizations make the vast extent of the German Digital Library visible and explorable. Periods, places and persons are three of the categories, while keywords provide links to browsable pages of the library itself.
The second, GEI – Digital, is a project in partnership with the Georg Eckert Institute. This data dossier provides multi-faceted perspectives on GEI-Digital, a digital library of historical schoolbooks created and maintained by the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research.