From sock puppets to immersive and virtual technologies to reshape the media value chain: MediaFutures welcomes the new project teams

MediaFutures - the European data innovation hub bringing together startups, SMEs and artists to solve challenges in the media industry - has announced 24 new creative projects that join the Accelerator (startups & SMEs)/ Residency (artists) programme. The winners will receive a grant up to €40,000 for artists and up to €80,000 for startups, alongside expert consultancy and support to reshape the media value chain.

Improving the world’s data commons

Wikidata is an openly accessible knowledge base that is built by a global community of volunteers. Since its launch in 2012 it reached more than 100 million items and 24,000 active editors (for more information see Wikidata statistics). Wikidata functions as the central source of information for a variety of projects in the Wikimedia ecosystem, including Wikipedia, a free, open content online encyclopaedia created through the collaborative efforts of a community of users also known as Wikipedians.

Computation and its Limitation in Financial Network Models

The study of financial networks from a computational perspective is a recent topic of interest in theoretical computer science. Recent work focuses on understanding economic risk in financial markets using classical tools from complexity theory. Modern financial networks consist of economic entities interconnected by debt obligations and derivatives, where the latter are contracts issued upon existing debt obligations in the network


The project is funded by the European Commission and UKRI as the successor of the recently completed ACTION project. ACTION supported 16 citizen science pilots investigating pollution in different spaces in Europe, who collectively engaged over 1200 participants. ACTION supported all projects through trainings, webinars, workshops, and advice.

IMPETUS: Bringing Science to Society

In July the IMPETUS project was launched. With KCL as scientific and technical lead, it will fund and support citizen science initiatives across Europe, building on the success of the ACTION project.

Strand-Aldwych Data Springboard

A team of KCL Informatics researchers launched a new project with Westminster City Council, the local government entity responsible for the Strand-Aldwych redevelopment. Together, we are creating a pilot for the Strand-Aldwych Data Springboard, an innovative data sharing initiative that will deliver innovative solutions with local data that benefit those who are part of or affected by this data, while also educating all these stakeholders about the benefits of data sharing.