The Data Observatory (DO) is the largest open-source data observatory in Europe. Opened in November 2015, the DO provides an opportunity for academics and industry to visualise data in a way that uncovers new insights, and promotes the communication of complex data sets and analysis in an immersive and multi-dimensional environment.

Designed, built by, and housed within the Data Science Institute, the DO enables decision makers to derive new implications and actions from interrogating data sets in an innovative, unique environment. It was built in partnership with KPMG. 

The Open Visualisation Project is hosted on GitHub ( 

If you are interested in using the Data Observatory, please email with your initial ideas about how you would like to make use of the observatory. 


130 million pixels make up the total screen resolution, 64 monitors envelop a circular wall, 313 degrees of surround vision

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