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This course will introduce students to the concept of a world in data by designing artifacts to measure their daily analogue and digital activity. The fundamental aspect is to understand nowadays data-driven world from the sourcing, that could range from a temperature sensor to an Instagram like, processing, storage and consumption. It aims to work both as an introduction to some key concepts behind physical computing as well as an introduction to the idea of information and how it's created, modified and consumed.

Keywords: data, platforms, measurement, data-awareness

Learning Objectives

This course aims to introduce briefly students to data concepts a

  • Data vs. information concepts
  • Basic hypothesis formulation and research questions
  • Data awareness, criticism

Methodological Strategies

  • Lectures
  • Group discussions
  • Practical work


The course will take place during 2.5 days, in-person format, divided in 4 sessions. Students will organize as one collective around a creative challenge and organize in interdependent smaller teams.

Morning: Theory Session I: Learning to ask. Introduction to the Data and information.

Afternoon: Practical Tools I: Collecting our own data.

Morning: Theory Session II: Demons of data. Data-awareness raising and discussion.

Afternoon: Practical Tools II: Collecting data from others.

Morning: Presentation


  • Sense-Making Journal + Presentation
  • Free data-demonisation reflection essay

Grading Method

Percentage Description
30% Participation
20% Practical work quality
25% Presentation
25% Reflection essay

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)


Additional Resources


Science and questioning

Tools and use cases

Capitalism and data exploitation


To install


Oscar Gonzalez

Oscar Gonzalez

Sense Making Expert

Óscar González is an Industrial Engineer based in Barcelona with expertise in data analysis, testing and calibration through his experience in automotive and sensor development. Óscar is the Sense Making lead at Fab Lab Barcelona team doing research and development within the Smart Citizen project and is an instructor at the Fabacademy program.

Guillem Camprodon

Guillem Camprodon

MDEF Co-Director, Fab Lab Barcelona Executive Director

Guillem Camprodon is a designer and technologist working in the intersection between emergent technologies and grassroots communities. He is the executive director of Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), a benchmark in the network of over 2000 Fab Labs and home of the Distributed Design Platform. He has a passion for teaching and is the co-director of the Master on Design For Emergent Futures (MDEF), a collaboration between IAAC and ELISAVA. Previously, he led Smart Citizen, a platform that opposes the traditional top-down Smart City model, empowering communities with tools to understand their environment. As a former research lead, he participated in many European-funded research and innovation projects, such as Making Sense, iSCAPE, GROW Observatory, Organicity, DECODE, ROMI and Reflow.