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Title: Data visualisation does political things
Authors: Boehnert, Joanna
Keywords: Data visualisation
Controversy mapping
Discourse mapping
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Design Research Society
Citation: BOEHNERT, J., 2016. Data visualisation does political things. IN: Lloyd, P. and Bohemia, E. (eds). Proceedings of DRS2016: Design + Research + Society, Future-Focused Thinking. 50th Anniversary Conference of the Design Research Society, 27th-30th June 2016, Brighton, Vol 6, Section 14, pp. 2361-2380.
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.
Description: This is an Open Access Conference Paper. It is published by Design Research Society under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/35085
Publisher Link: http://www.drs2016.org/proceedings
ISSN: 2398-3132
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