The Life and Death of Data

Here is an image of the home screen of The Life and Death of Data website.
The Life and Detah of Data – Screenshot of first screen

The Life and Death of Data is a display of over 70.000 plant accessions by the Arnold Arboretum created by Yanni Alexander Loukissas and Krystelle Denis. Rather than displaying the plant accessions, it delivers a quantitative impression of what information the collection of data can convey about the institution.

The website delivers some textual information, but mainly refers to the 140 years during which the collection has existed and grown (1872-2012). The data is documented through visual assets, such as symbols representing a certain amount of plants accessioned on a given day, as well as textual information that builds a narrative of the collection.

The Life and Death of Data – selection view