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Cameron Turner on the sound of data

Cameron Turner on the sound of data

The O’Reilly Hardware Podcast: Measuring and interpreting audio data.How can sound be used to both generate data and express data? In this episode of the Hardware podcast, we talk with Cameron Turner, co-founder and principal at The Data Guild. Turner is the author of the new O’Reilly report “Finding Profit in Your Organization’s Data: Examples and Best Practices.”Turner focuses on finding value in data exhaust—data that’s collected without a particular intention. Sound data is a great example of this kind of exhaust; many monitoring systems have microphones, but the data coming from those microphones tends not to get analyzed. With a little processing and machine learning, that audio data can tell useful stories.

During the interview, Turner plays three sound clips for us:

Audio from a data center that demonstrates data sonification, like a visualization but in sound. A sonification like this could be used to transmit alerts and manage data overload.

A trackside recording of a Calt