One moment, you are sitting by the harbour, peacefully enjoying a cup of coffee while talking quietly with a friend. The next moment you are in a big crowd of people all talking simultaneously. And later, you listen to a speech held by a politician while people are mumbling next to you.
The sound environments of the People’s Democratic Festival (Folkemødet) are diverse and change in both volume and quality according to location, time of the day, and what happens around you. This can be displayed to people via data, which is what Eriksholm Research Centre and the EVOTION project did at this year’s festival.
EVOTION: A concrete example of Big Data research
The People’s Democratic Festival is a yearly event in Denmark packed with debates, talks, and a nice atmosphere, and it attracts both politicians, organizations, and the public.
This year, Eriksholm was present with the big EU funded project EVOTION in which we collaborate with several European research institutions to collect data from 1000+ test subjects to learn about user behavior. Read more about EVOTION here.
Data collection and how we can use sound data in research was the topics in our festival booth.
“I think a lot of citizens hear about Big Data in the media, but they don’t know what it is, how it looks, and what they can use it for. So we are bringing in EVOTION as a concrete example of what we can use data for,” Research Engineer on the EVOTION project Jeppe Høy Christensen explains.