Datopolis: The open data board game
Online beta testing session at the ‘Exploring Data Institutions‘ event (16th September 2020)
Want to learn about how ecosystems are built around open data? Like board games? Come and join this beta testing session of our online version of datopolis and see if you can save the city of Sheridan!
Why a board game?
Board games communicate complex ideas in simple ways. They’re tactile, social, offer fresh ways of communicating what can be fairly uninteresting themes and demonstrating real world concepts in interesting ways. Trading wheat and sheep anyone?
Open data can sometimes seem a little… exclusive. If you’re working with data, talking about data, or in an area where more open data could be useful, then it’s easier to grasp. If you’re interested in access to information, or transparency and accountability, then you might have come across open data. But if you’re not already ‘on board’ (get it?), you may need other ways to understand its role and impact. A board game is one way of capturing interest in open data, without people necessarily realising they’re absorbing knowledge about open data.
A board game is a fantastic novel way of talking about open data, and fits in with the ODI’s myriad approach to illustrating the benefits of open data (from Data as Culture to videos to white papers and world class research to open data training) and helps demonstrate how ecosystems grow around data.
How do you join in?
There are limited spaces available to people who can help us beta test the online board game.
The session will run from 11:30 until 13:00 on the 16th September and we’ll be live streaming the game to the conference attendees from 12:00.
Before signing up below please check the system requirements, to ensure you can join in successfully.
Also, if you’re not signed up to our ‘Exploring Data Institutions’ event, you can sign up for free here.
As the game uses a 3D game engine (tabletopia), you will require:
- A modern desktop or laptop computer (mobile devices are not supported during beta testing)
- A 6th generation Intel quad core processor (or equivalent)
- 1024Mb of dedicated graphics (or modern integrated graphics e.g. Intel 630)
- 8Gb of system RAM
- A headset or microphone and speakers to join in the chat via Zoom
We have tested the game on a host of modern quad core Intel Core i5 processors (7th Gen+) and these perform well. The game also works well on most 2013+ mac computers with the exception of the MacBook Air where more modern variants with quad core processors are required.
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