We bring together pioneering companies and the best academic thinkers to explore the potential of something we are calling digital public space where anyone, anywhere, anytime can access, explore and create with digital content.

Together we are creating new products, experiences and business opportunities which empower anyone, anywhere to access, explore and create with the newly accessible collections of media, public information and personal data trails which form the digital public space.

 

Clusters

Public Service Innovation and Democracy

Individual and community empowerment, new public and private sector services, data collection and sensing, data visualization and service design.
10 Projects
20 Commercial Partners
25 Academic Researchers

Performance, Liveness and Participation

Exploring how digital prototypes can be used to offer new forms of participation in live events, broadcasts and in public spaces.
11 Projects
14 Commercial Partners
20 Academic Researchers

Making the Digital Physical

Transforming the digital space trapped inside screens and devices into physical experiences in the real world.
7 Projects
5 Commercial Partners
16 Academic Researchers

Rethinking Working Life

What opportunities does Digital Public Space afford for new working practices? 
5 Projects
6 Commercial Partners
12 Academic Researchers

Stories, Archives and Living Heritage

Exploring new ways of accessing, creating, exploring and remixing personal stories and cultural heritages to create new experiences.
3 Projects
5 Commercial Partners
3 Academic Researchers

Building Social Communities - Dynamic Structures for Growth

The lab under this cluster topic will focus on the following area: Designing the Digital Public Space - Dynamic Structures for Growth
3 Projects
3 Commercial Partners
5 Academic Researchers

Projects

Exploring improved ways of visualising blood test results

Exploring improved ways of visualising blood test results
The project’s immediate objective is to explore and test different creative options and prototypes for improving how data is visualized in support of renal patient engagement and understanding of their blood test results.

Polyphonic Futures

With this combined project and field trial we aim to develop a 'digital silk library' that will be an exemplar for a new form of knowledge exchange between arts and science.

Perceptive Media

Exploring different digital technologies to create new approaches to content production.    

Time and Motion: Redefining Working Life

Time and Motion: Redefining Working Life
Time & Motion used artworks, research projects, archival materials and interventions to track our journey through the world of work, from clocking on at the factory gates to checking in online from our home office. 

Bretton Buzz

Bretton Buzz
This project aims to develop and test the potential of LocalNets, an innovative social media digital analytics tool created to drive community action and promote the take up of community rights.

States of Mind

States of Mind
The States of Mind project has developed an interactive tool allowing exhibition visitors to easily create colourful 3D objects to visually represent their feelings and cognitions at that moment.

Latest Activity

Help us find Lancaster's hidden gems!

2nd Aug 2015
Complete our five-minute survey about your favourite urban walks in Lancaster for the chance to win one of ten £10 Amazon vouchers. This summer we have started a to work on Paths of Desire. Together we are exploring the role of cartography in the digital age, challenging conventions around digital cartography, seeking...

Considering Digital Public Space: a report

28th Jul 2015
In June 2015, a symposium hosted by The Creative Exchange brought together leading figures around the debate on digital democracy in London at the Digital Catapult Centre.  The event considered the meaning of Digital Public Space, its agenda to date, its impact and possible future directions. Delegates included representatives from the BBC,...

The New Cloud Atlas

8th Jul 2015
The New Cloud Atlas is a global effort to map each data place that makes up the cloud in an open and accountable way. As an outcome of the Walk in the Park project, the Atlas was developed by CX PhD student Ben Dalton, geospatial developer, Tim Waters, and the design...

Visualising the lamp post sign

17th Jun 2015
Despite the availability of 24 items of planning data, only 6 items are currently used and none of these are visual. The majority of content within existing signs covers the legal framework and provides the public an overview of how to contact the planning department. This is to comply within the...

Interactive documentary 'Red Tales' launched

14th Jun 2015
Unique, interactive documentary explores the secret life of our Red Squirrel through the eyes of the British public. Led by researchers at Newcastle University’s Open Lab in partnership with Red Squirrels Northern England and conservation charity Wildscreen, Red Tales is the first interactive documentary of its kind, bringing together red squirrel...

TILO Report published

8th Jun 2015
The report from the TILO project is now available for download. The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts has now published the final report for the MeYouAndUs TILO project, which developed a hybrid display system for Arts and Cultural venues using digital screens situated in the public spaces.  You can download the...