Following The Threads

Date/Time: 08/04/2014 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Advocates of ‘big data’ projects suggest that given a large enough sample (“N=All?”) the facts will somehow speak for themselves and the map of the world will merge seamlessly part of that world. But the individual is always embedded in the particular whether using or contributing to a shared picture. From a background in architecture and spatial planning and later with ‘Mapping for Change’ at UCL, Gianfranco Gliozzo reflects on recent trends and illuminating contradictions when ‘crowdsourced data meets Citizen Science’. Building on her earlier work at Goldsmiths on ‘Balkanising Taxonomy’ the artist and researcher Nela Milic presents her work on the B:LOG project, interweaving memories, facts and photographs from the citizens of Belgrade into a community map.

  • Gianfranco Gliozzo ‘Crowdsourced Data and Extreme Citizen Science’
  • Nela Milic ‘BG:LOG – A New Mapping of Belgrade’

Chair : Adrian Chappell

Venue : The Young Foundation


Gianfranco Gliozzo
Gianfranco Gliozzo from Catania, Italy, started his education with a Masters Degree in architectural engineering and spatial planning. Using his GIS software expertise Gianfranco supported several spatial planning research projects both in Catania and in Wageningen (NL). Afterwards he took an MSc in Geographical Information Management and Applications also in Holland. In 2011 he developed his MSc thesis using semantic technologies and crowdsourced geodata and moved to London as an intern with Mapping for Change at UCL. In UCL he started an EngD in the ExCiteS research group sponsored by ZSL. After an initial focus on mobile gaming and citizen science the research project shifted towards a more place based approach and it is in these areas that he is now developing his PhD thesis.

Nela Milic
I am an artist and a researcher working in media and arts. In my arts practice, I particularly use merging of the text and image, creating installations, archives and publications. I delivered projects for John Lewis, Oxford House, Campbell Works, Oxo Tower, Light Gallery, NFTS, Film and Music Entertainment, new Asian cinema, ESF, LIFT, LFF and independent productions…
I developed a project Balkanising Taxonomy ( at Digital Studio/Visual Sociology departments as a PhD student at Goldsmiths University where I am researching the city as a site of spectacle and the culture of protest.
Currently, I am teaching at Middlesex University’s Media and Performing Arts school and at Goldsmiths MA Participatory Arts. More about my research can be found on my Academia profile.


Gianfranco Gliozzo

‘Crowdsourced Data and Extreme Citizen Science’

“Gianfranco is currently interested in the relation between citizens and their environment. The investigation is moving towards the detection of cultural ecosystem services using a wide range of data available online including data collected by volunteers. Hence the tailoring of analysis techniques to detect local grounded knowledge, rooted in material and immaterial/volatile elements. This research is imbued with spatial analysis techniques, geography, linked data, ecology and ICT.”

Does citizen science by itself provide an evidence for cultural ecosystem services?

More Diversity on the Agenda for Cultural Ecosystem Research

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Nela Milic

‘A New Mapping of Belgrade’

“BG:LOG is an alternative map and the archive of Belgrade. We are reviving the spirit of the city through memory about the fellowship between people, solidarity, little known big things and events, famous and anonymous neighbours, public spaces and friendships, life and work in the Serbian capital, which changed significantly in the last three decades. Our map is the repository of the records obtained from workshops’ participants. It displays a variety of media used to provide a rich collection. That mixture of data – audio, visual, textual, is a methodology itself consisting of these aspects that were applicable to different stages of the project or to different project contributors. Not all people have photos, not all are good storytellers, not all will want their picture taken, but all need to be given a chance to take part in the project if they want to, so it is up to us to find a way for it. We hope that we have done justice to the accounts we got by diversifying the existing digital research methods in order to create an online map. The aim of such maps is to publicise and raise the visibility of citizens’ reminiscence in public. This enquiry was born out of the observations of the regeneration/gentrification, which clashed with previous political and social system existed in this urban environment for decades.”

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Venue: The Young Foundation

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