Data Visualisation Does Political Things

Boehnert, J. 2016. Data Visualisation Does Political Things . DRS2016: Design + Research + Society: Future-Focused Thinking. University of Brighton 27 - 30 Jun 2016 Design Research Society.

TitleData Visualisation Does Political Things
AuthorsBoehnert, J.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

In this paper I advance the theory of critical communication design by exploring the politics of data, information and knowledge visualisation in three bodies of work. Data reflects power relations, special interests and ideologies that determine which data is collected, what data is used and how it is used. In a review of Max Roser’s Our World in Data, I develop the concepts of digital positivism, datawash and darkdata. Looking at the Climaps by Emaps project, I describe how knowledge visualisation can support integrated learning on complex problems and nurture relational perception. Finally, I present my own Mapping Climate Communication project and explain how I used discourse mapping to develop the concept of discursive confusion and illustrate contradictions in this politicised area. Critical approaches to information visualisation reject reductive methods in favour of more nuanced ways of presenting information that acknowledge complexity and the political dimension on issues of controversy.

Keywordsdata visualisation
controversy mapping
datawash
discourse mapping
graphic design
Year2016
ConferenceDRS2016: Design + Research + Society: Future-Focused Thinking
PublisherDesign Research Society
Accepted author manuscriptData_Visualisation_Does_Political_Things_-_DRS_2016_BOEHNERT_FINAL-April.pdf
Publication dates
Published01 Jul 2016
ISSN2398-3132
Web address (URL) of conference proceedingshttp://www.drs2016.org/#drs2016
Web address (URL)https://drs2016.squarespace.com/387

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