More info here: https://datavisfest.wordpress.com
Inequality and inclusion are timely global issues that for most of the time are being perceived marginally, surfaced by news media or individual incidences. However, inequality and inclusion are complex phenomena tight to gradual processes that unfold over decades. To understand these issues, their long term impact on society as well as what specific measures promise improvement, decisions have to be made based on data and facts.
Various data on inequality and inclusion are being gathered through a variety of services and charities. However, data are trapped in repositories and data bases, inaccessible to the majority of the interested and the agnostic. Data must be made accessible to allow people without technical data skills; helping them to connect with critical issues in their communities and beyond.
This participatory and collaborative event focuses on data visualization practices and aims to explore the question of how to (re)present data about (in)equality and inclusion in a way that engages a public audience. How can abstract, invisible, intangible, and steadily updating “data” be grasped in a way that helps us humans discuss and make better decisions in the future of politics and society as well as on a daily basis?
Our data-visualization collider is similar to a hackathon, but it does not necessarily involve coding. This 2-day collider aims to bring together people with different backgrounds and skills to design and create data visualization projects that enable a wider audience to engage with issues around equality and inclusion. Projects can include, for example, infographics, data videos, data comics (http://datacomics.net), tangible visualizations, interactive websites, etc. (Get inspired).
The goal of our visualization collider are to
• inform people about the existence of relevant types and sources of data,
• create accessible ways to visualize and interacting with that data, and
• engage people in effectively exploring, visualizing, and communicating data about issues that they care about.
Through this event, we will connect people across domains, teach the foundations of visualization and storytelling as well as explore the potential for a public data visualization exhibition in the near future.
The collider will take place in the Evolution House on March 17 and 18 (Saturday and Sunday). No specific skills are required except interest in the data, creativity, and curiosity. Breakfast, coffee, and lunch is provided.
To register, visit https://datavisfest.wordpress.com/. There will be a limit of 30 people. If you realize that you can’t make it to the collider, please sign off so that we assign the slot to someone else. Organization
This event is organized by the School of Informatics and the Edinburgh College of Art. For more information, please contact:
• Benjamin Bach, Lecturer in Design Informatics and Visualization
• Catherine Magill, Research Assistant
• Dave Murray-Rust, Lecturer in Design Informatics
• Ewan Klein, Professor of Language Technology