Arts Datathon

Since 2017, the annual Arts Datathon has brought to together arts administrators, artists, educators, data scientists, students, community advocates, researchers, civic technologists, and others to explore how data can improve access to the arts. This event is for all and open to the public.

2019: Democratize

About


Arts Datathon: Democratize took place on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at the LA Public Library and focused on democratizing arts data. Participants spent the day working in one of four project tracks, including: Data Science for Arts Education, Public Art on WikiData, Border Data, and Visualizing Data Through Craft. For Arts Datathon: Democratize, the team of live archivists returned, interviewing participants, taking photos, and gathering information throughout the day for this year's online archive.

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World Peace Through MetaData

A zine created specifically for Arts Datathon: Democratize.

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Arts Datathon: Democratize

Project Tracks


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Data Science for Arts Education

Data scientists, arts administrators, and educators explored research questions and potential methods to advocate for equity in arts education in LA County public schools.

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Border Data

Participants explored experiences of the California/Mexico border through qualitative data collected from people as they cross, as part of Tanya Aguiñiga's AMBOS Project.

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Public Art on Wikidata

Participants learned about linked open data—what it is and how it works—and will contribute information about public art in LA County to Wikidata.

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Visualizing Data Through Craft

Participants embroidered geodata about their favorite arts and culture locations in LA County on fabric printed with a map.

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Arts Datathon: Democratize Live Archive

2019 Live Archive

Explore documentation of Arts Datathon: Democratize created by a team of live archivists as well as datathon participants.

2018: Collections

About


Arts Datathon: Collections focused on collections data, offering participants several different tracks to work on projects related to civic art, street art, veterans memorabilia, music, cultural assets, and historic architecture. Also, as a part of Arts Datathon: Collections, a team of live archivists worked to archive the event as it happened, publishing the results in an open-source online archive.

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World Peace Through MetaData

A zine created specifically for Arts Datathon: Collections.

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Arts Datathon: Collections

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Arts Datathon: Collections Live Archive

2018 Live Archive

Explore documentation of Arts Datathon: Collections that was generated by a team of live archivists as well as datathon participants.

2017: Access

About


On Saturday, April 22, 2017, more than 100 participants assembled at The Reef, the downtown LA campus of Claremont Graduate University's Center for Business and Management of the Arts, to spend the day exploring how data can be used to improve access to the arts for all ten million residents of LA County.

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A Guide to Spreadsheets for the Spreadsheet-Phobic

A zine created specifically for Arts Datathon: Access.

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Arts Datathon: Access

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Final Report

What the Datathon was and how it was organized.

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Toolkit

A toolkit offering tips for any organization or group interested in hosting its own Datathon.