Research Seminar: Lucy Havens

Designing for Data Exploration

Lucy Havens, Design Informatics

Thursday 24th January 4pm Inspace, 1 Crichton Street


As of 2010, the amount of information that was stored in technological devices would have filled enough books to cover all the landmass on Earth two times over.  While search algorithms may help us quickly find answers in this vast information space, they don’t give us a broad perspective on what and how much information is available.  For the complex questions facing the world, such as how to establish peace, search algorithms cannot deliver the answer.  We need tools that enable exploration, allowing people to see a multitude of perspectives on data and information, and to develop their own interpretations.  Lucy will explain how she has designed for data exploration with PaxVis, a platform that visualises peace agreements.


Overwhelmed by the amount of data and information in the world, Lucy joined Design Informatics to create new interfaces for exploring large data and information repositories.  With a particular interest in exploring cultural heritage collections, she’s collaborated with the National Trust for Scotland, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and Library and University Collections.  Lucy will graduate this year with an AMSc in Design Informatics.

Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL