Pathways is a creative data project showing a month's worth of geolocation data and message metadata collected from the mobile phones of Londoners. The aim of Pathways is to show what digital data looks like in the context of common relationships. Each of us is intimately and invisibly connected to the data we create, and as the number of internet-enabled devices increases, so does the amount of data generated. This is the reality within which Pathways is situated.

All participants willingly volunteered their data; data was retained solely for the duration of the project. Participants were found through a combination of in-person recruitment and email open calls.

Pathways was created by data researcher and artist Mimi Onuoha as part of the 2014-15 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. To learn more about the development process and the themes that inspired the project, see the project posts on National Geographic's blog. To learn more about Mimi and her work, visit her personal website or follow her on Twitter.

For more on the Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, visit the Fulbright site.

Data & Methodology

All data was gathered between November 2014 and April 2015. Geolocation data was tracked using OpenPaths and Moves. All code for this site is available on Github.

Get Involved

Send all feedback, comments, or inquiries to natgeopathwaysproject@gmail.com. For information on how to gather your own message or social media data, check out this guide.

Special Thanks

Alex Good
Miranda Mulligan, David Braun
Fulbright, State Department, Institute of International Education
Most important of all: the participants, without whom none of this would have been possible.