The Dementias UK Data Portal is an external site where researchers can apply to access the Airwave study data alongside data from other cohort studies. Once their application has been approved, researchers are able to work with this data through connecting to a virtual machine on their personal desktop in order to keep the data secure.
During data analysis, the researchers might gather disparate data points from an individual together for the duration of their research, then once finished release and disperse these data points back to their location within the Data Portal database. This collection and dispersal of an individual’s data can be undertaken by multiple researchers, often at the same time.
This process is represented within the artwork through solid lines representing points gathered together and dotted lines representing the dispersal of points and their journey back to their location within the Data Portal.