Mimi Onuoha

Final Post: Wrapping up, and Presenting Pathways

To skip the explanation below and visit the site directly, go here. On September 7th, 2014, I boarded a plane from New York City to London to officially begin my stint as a National Geographic Fulbright Digital Storytelling Fellow. Today, close ...

You Are Not Your Data (and a project update)

Last week was the Fulbright-National Geographic Pre-departure Orientation in Washington, D.C. In addition to getting a chance to meet the brilliant 2015-2016 Fellows, we (the 2014-15 cohort) gave presentations to the public about our projects.  I structured most of ...

Data and Authority (and a bit of Scotland)

In my last few posts, I tackled issues around authority, power, and objectivity in the worlds of data and mapping.  My project for this fellowship involves mapping and representing the stories told by a group of Londoner’s digital data, ...

Learning More Through Less at the Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art (RCA) is an art and design institution situated in west London, across from Hyde Park and next to the majestic Royal Albert Hall. The school’s courses include everything from Architecture to Fashion to Service ...

What Maps Really Show

I often find myself thinking that maps are experiencing a resurgence. But to be fair, that’s an exaggeration, because mapping has never been out of style. World maps have been around since 6000 BC (some would argue even earlier). So ...

Considering the UK Context

Recently, I’ve had a steady stream of people visiting me in London.  Aside from the obvious benefit of reuniting with friends, there are a couple of other personal advantages to their visits: first, they bring me products that I ...

London’s History Of Mapping

Every weekend, Londoners stream out of their homes and visit the city’s many markets: long stretches of street (off-limits to cars) teeming with stalls of all types of delicious food, trendy clothes, and quirky trinkets. This past weekend, while ...

Five Months Illustrated on Maps

LONDON–Lately I’ve been considering subtle ways of communicating qualitative information in the maps that I’m making. For each group of participants I have (representing a different type of relationship), I’d like to have a separate map ...

Searching for Meaning in Search Terms

  uk zip code. octet truss. ameliorating. look mum no hands. tumblr br not working. time in edmonton. These are some of the words that I have entered into my browser as search terms since having moved to London. There’...

Out of London; Into Oslo

I grew up in Texas, which meant that for most of my childhood and adolescence, winter was more a state of mind than a season (as evidenced by many a Christmas spent in t-shirts and shorts). I thought that after ...

London: East vs West

It was recently suggested to me that it might be nice to show what my life is like here (aside from the parts that consist of staring blankly at computer screens). I’ve also decided to try weekly posts (look ...

Reflections from the Middle

For most Londoners, January means short days and gray skies. For me, it also means the realization that I’m rapidly approaching the midway point of my Fulbright-National Geographic project on collecting and analyzing groups of Londoners’ personal geolocation and ...

Data and its Dissidents

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about data. My project for the National-Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship involves collecting a group of Londoners’ geolocation and browser data, representing that data in interesting ways, and drawing conclusions from the representations. (The ...