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Submissions/Wikimedia and sonification

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This presentation will form part of the Lightning talks session on Sunday, August 13, from 16:00 to 16:50, in Drummond West (level 3). Check the Program to confirm.

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2017.

Submission no. L0024
Title of your submission
This video contains a sonification of the household income in different boroughs of New York City, combined with a visualization of a subway line that passes through these areas.

Wikimedia and sonification

Type of submission

Lightning talk

Author of the submission

Daniel Mietchen, Lane Rasberry

Language of presentation

English. Happy to take questions in French and other languages.

E-mail address



Daniel Mietchen, User:Bluerasberry

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wiki Project Med

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Wikimedia platforms do not make much use of multimedia, for a variety of reasons. Here, we zoom in on sounds — specifically, sounds generated from data through a process called sonification — and outline an emerging initiative to enrich Wikimedia platforms with sonifications and to improve sonification-related content by collaborating with the International Community for Auditory Display. Starting with a Wikimedia-inspired sonification doathon at their annual meeting in June this year, we plan to make the interaction between both communities more systematic, and by the time of Wikimania, hope to have a useful set of examples that can inspire others to engage with future joint activities.

What will attendees take away from this session?

… the idea that there is an audio counterpart to visualizations (Wikipedia example), and some examples of how this might be relevant to Wikimedia projects

Theme of presentation
  • Education
Length of submission

All lightning talks are 5 minutes.

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
  • Audio support
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?
  • Final

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