Tom Armitage spends some time talking about Open Data for the arts over at the BERG blog. He posits that data, taken and modified, can very well be a form of storytelling. On making a Twitter stream of what the curtain at the Royal Opera House is doing:
And, as that burbles its way into my chat stream, it tells me a story: you may only think there’s a production a day in the theatre, but really, the curtain never stops moving; the organisation never stop working, even when you’re not there. I didn’t learn that by reading it in a book; I learned it by feeling it, and not even by feeling all of it – just a tiny little bit. That talking robot told me a story. This isn’t about instrumenting things for the sake of it; it’s about instrumenting things to make them, in one particular way, more real.
Via the Brantley mailing list.