Sophie Dyer is a designer, researcher and activist.

As a freelancer (medieval mercenary) she specialises in visual, open source and human rights-based investigations. She co-produces the experimental documentary unit, Concrete Flux.

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Airwars: Public Archive

Project lead on the redesign of Airwar's public archive of civilian casualty allegations and related military claims.
(January 2018 – December 2018)
Airwars
London
#archive #documentary #open-source

Project lead for the redesign of Airwars’ public archive of civilian casualty allegations and related military claims. The exercise ran over 12 months and involved the entire Airwars team as the organisation moved from unstructured research documents to a structured and searchable database. The new site put online hundreds of unpublished geolocations, images and videos from local sources. Additionally, it enabled live data visualisations, transforming not just how Airwars communicated its findings but how the organisation recognised patterns and anomalies in its own data.

In contrast to the highly structured backend of the database, the frontend focused on the qualitative narration of events, available imagery and the naming of victims. For the first time, local allegations of civilian harm were displayed alongside related belligerent strike and casualty reports. To ensure the archive worked with not against real-world “fuzzy data”, fields were built to handle multiple types of input and levels of ambiguity.

The work was realised through a close and sustained collaboration with Rectangle, an external design and web development studio.