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Mimi Onuoha

Mimi Onuoha is a New York City-based researcher and artist who is in the United Kingdom visualizing information about groups of Londoners based on digital data collected from their phones. Her project, which consists of website and exhibition outputs, uses data to explore the stories of how our increasingly networked relationships unfold across on and offline spaces.

Final Post: Wrapping up, and Presenting Pathways

To skip the explanation below and visit the site directly, go here. On September 7th, 2014, I boarded a plane from New York City to London to officially begin my stint as a National Geographic Fulbright Digital Storytelling Fellow. Today, close to a year later, I’ve finally launched the output of this year of work,…

You Are Not Your Data (and a project update)

Last week was the Fulbright-National Geographic Pre-departure Orientation in Washington, D.C. In addition to getting a chance to meet the brilliant 2015-2016 Fellows, we (the 2014-15 cohort) gave presentations to the public about our projects.  I structured most of my talk around one question: what can you learn from your data? The short answer, of…

It Matters Most To You: On Digital Literacy and Data Production

There are three things that happened to me over the last two weeks that are entirely responsible for this entry: ONE: I attended Quartz’s The Next Billion conference, an event about the one billion new internet users expected to come online by 2017. At the conference, Mark Surman, an Executive Director at Mozilla gave a…

Data and Authority (and a bit of Scotland)

In my last few posts, I tackled issues around authority, power, and objectivity in the worlds of data and mapping.  My project for this fellowship involves mapping and representing the stories told by a group of Londoner’s digital data, so it makes sense that I would need to grapple with these issues. But even I didn’t think…

Learning More Through Less at the Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art (RCA) is an art and design institution situated in west London, across from Hyde Park and next to the majestic Royal Albert Hall. The school’s courses include everything from Architecture to Fashion to Service Design to Animation, but the program that I’m most closely affiliated with is called Information Experience Design…

What Maps Really Show

I often find myself thinking that maps are experiencing a resurgence. But to be fair, that’s an exaggeration, because mapping has never been out of style. World maps have been around since 6000 BC (some would argue even earlier). So while the human fascination with maps hasn’t changed, what has shifted through the ages are…

Considering the UK Context

Recently, I’ve had a steady stream of people visiting me in London.  Aside from the obvious benefit of reuniting with friends, there are a couple of other personal advantages to their visits: first, they bring me products that I can’t easily get in London (Lucky Charms from the States, stroopwafels from the Netherlands, and the…

London’s History Of Mapping

Every weekend, Londoners stream out of their homes and visit the city’s many markets: long stretches of street (off-limits to cars) teeming with stalls of all types of delicious food, trendy clothes, and quirky trinkets. This past weekend, while strolling through one of these markets, I happened upon a booth selling some lovely prints of…

Five Months Illustrated on Maps

LONDON–Lately I’ve been considering subtle ways of communicating more qualitative information in the maps that I’m making. For each group of participants I have (representing a different type of relationship), I’d like to have a separate map background that represents some aspect of the tone, vibe, or feeling of the relationship being portrayed.

Searching for Meaning in Search Terms

uk zip code. octet truss. ameliorating. look mum no hands. tumblr br not working. time in edmonton.

These are some of the words that I have entered into my browser as search terms since having moved to London. There’s a story behind every phrase, and I remember each one perfectly.

Out of London; Into Oslo

Invited to Norway to give a talk on “Data Made Personal,” Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow Mimi Onuoha took time out to try the Nordic ski slopes.

London: East vs West

It was recently suggested to me that it might be nice to show what my life is like here (aside from the parts that consist of staring blankly at computer screens). I’ve also decided to try weekly posts (look for me here every Tuesday!), so it made sense to write today about the two spatial areas…

Reflections from the Middle

For most Londoners, January means short days and gray skies. For me, it also means the realization that I’m rapidly approaching the midway point of my Fulbright-National Geographic project on collecting and analyzing groups of Londoners’ personal geolocation and browser history data. In the past, I’ve used these posts as opportunities to ruminate on the…

Data and its Dissidents

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about data. My project for the National-Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship involves collecting a group of Londoners’ geolocation and browser data, representing that data in interesting ways, and drawing conclusions from the representations. (The images in this post show a sample of my own personal location data and a resulting map, as…

Mimi Onuoha: Charting the Intersections of the Physical and Online Worlds

The lives you lead are different, but not divorced. They stretch and meet at crucial intersections. You cruise websites and highways; you check into hotels and locations on mobile apps. You may like to eat a type of food and you may also “like” that food on Facebook, but those two actions do not necessarily mean the same thing.