Data


History on the fly: documenting a pandemic 1

In early 2020, as Covid-19 began shutting down parts of the world, one group of academics was amassing a virtual army of volunteer research assistants to capture data about the policies and measures introduced by governments across the world in response to the pandemic. The CoronaNet Project as it is […]


Generation equality: female representation in academia

March heralds the beginning of a new semester for students in Austria, where we trade leisure activities for lecture halls and library desks. For me and others, this will be the last six months of our degrees, when we will scramble to complete theses, papers, presentations, while at the same […]


About reading music and hearing books

Listen closely Usually when we think about combining music and text, it’s often in form of an opera. As I am not really a fan of the opera and honestly mostly don’t understand what they are singing about, who they are singing to and why they are singing (I am […]


Digital Treasures – four ideas to discover from your couch.

The internet is a treasure box when it comes to exploring new, unexpected and sometimes controversial ideas. The beauty of stumbling upon an idea that makes you think is priceless, but not always so easy to find. In TED tradition, I would like to share four ideas I recently stumbled upon. These ideas […]


smart tattoo

Smart skin

Everything in the future will be pretty smart. (Hopefully, we will still be too…) The latest trend, after smart watches, smart glasses, smart homes and smart cars, is smart tattoos. So far, they are designed to be a temporary solution. The big difference to all the other smart things that you step […]


Imagine you walk into a room and stand in a digital world

We live in an increasingly digital world, instead of a primarily analogue one. Years ago, in the beginnings of the Internet, people used to distinguish between the “real life” – meaning the analogue one – and the digital life. Today, we don’t really make these distinctions anymore. Today, we live in […]


How art found the cure for data numbness

The digital revolution set a lot of things in motion. But we are not only talking about practical things like smart cites, self-driving cars, digital glasses and the internet of things. The new ways in which we collect and connect lots of data even affect the way we make art. And […]


NY Times Tool: See How Stories Spread on Twitter

  The New York Times’ R&D team recently introduced “Project Cascade”. A new tool that visualizes the life of a news article in the Social Web. “Project Cascade” can track how stories spread on Twitter and allows for precise analysis of the structures which underly sharing activity on the web: […]