Workshop: Data visualization and community modelling

Workshop: Data visualization and community modelling




13:25 – 13:25


light rain

Thursday 23rd February 1pm – 4pm
Design Museum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23
In English / Free entry

The Pop-up VR Museum invites users to access, interact, and engage virtually with objects from the collection of Design Museum Helsinki and personal stories that are linked to them. The experimental VR application is a joint project of the museum and the Aalto University, and it is co-designed with user communities.

Senior citizens, Finnish language learners and other communities have contributed stories and their life memories about Finnish design objects. In this workshop lead by computer research experts, we will explore the data structures of the Pop-up VR Museum and visualizations based on community models. These include the ontologies used in defining the artefacts such as materials taxonomies, values and emotions extracted from the stories, clustering algorithms, and more. 

This workshop is part of SPICE (Social cohesion, Participation, and Inclusion through Cultural Engagement), an EU Horizon 2020 funded project (2020–2023) wherein information processing tools and methods are developed to assist different communities in sharing their perspectives of museum artefacts and cultural heritage as well as in gaining a better understanding of others. 


13.00 Welcome & Coffee
13.10–14.10 Presentations
14.15–15.45 Workshop
15.45–16.00 Discussion 


The Pop-up-VR Museum | Doctoral student Gautam Wishwanath, Department of Media, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Data management in the Design Museum collections | Susanna Thiel, Head of Collections, Curator, Design Museum
Collecting stories and co-designing with user communities | Dr. Leena Svinhufvud, Head of Learning, Design Museum


Data visualization and community modelling for the Pop-up-VR Museum workshop is led by María Belén Díaz Agudo, Professor of Computer Science at Complutense University of Madrid and Guillermo Jiménez Díaz, Associate Professor at Complutense University of Madrid.

Discussion session is moderated by Dr. Lily Díaz-Kommonen, Professor of New Media, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture


The event is held onsite and online. There is no induction loop in the event space. Participation is free of charge and the language of the event is English. Design Museum has an obstacle-free lift, and a wheelchair-accessible toilet on the basement level (floor K).


The event can be attended onsite in the Design Museum or online.

Sign up to the onsite workshop here (link opens a new window to
Sign up to the online event here (link opens a new window to

About Spice

Read more about Pop-up-VR Museum in Design Museum Helsinki here
Read more about the SPICE project here (opens a new window to

The SPICE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant Agreement N. 870811).

Thu 23 Feb 2023 Closed today


light rain

Korkeavuorenkatu 23,
00130 Helsinki