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

Projects

Indiedata

Enabling participation in a consumer facing fully open source product, and researching a mode of business that doesn't exploit user data.

Blockanomics

Blockanomics
Blockanomics is a system to promote playful political engagement between people and local democracy, in the shared digital space of a locally tailored minecraft world.

The Near Miss Project

The Near Miss Project
The Near Miss Project studied cycling incidents that don’t result in injuries, but may profoundly influence people’s experiences and behaviours.

Red Tales: A Participatory iDoc

Red Tales: A Participatory iDoc
An Interactive Documentary (iDoc) about red squirrel conservation in Northern England. Produced in collaboration with Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE), Wildscreen and members of the red squirrel conservation communities across Northern England.

Interglacial / Erratics

As part of the Pacitti Companies 2014 UNLOCKED programme, Prof. John Bowers and Tim Shaw were invited, as resident artists, to creatively respond to a number of artefacts from the natural history collection at Ipswich Museum.

PAC-LAN: Zombie Apocalypse

PAC-LAN: Zombie Apocalypse
A Location Based Game that explores gameplay within a combined digital and physical public space.

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...