Visual Conversations With Data

Just noticed that I didn’t post a copy of the second of my three presentations last week, Visual Conversations With Data, delivered to the eSTeEM Collquium Pictures to Help People Think and Act on diagramming, et al., in education.

Something I meant to say, but didn’t, is that one of the problems with folks’ prior expectations or assumptions about data visualisations is that they reveal a single truth. I’m not sure that’s the case (I’ve started pondering the phrase “no truth, many truths” in this respect) which is another reason I see the role of visualisation as being a participant in a conversation where you explore questions and ideas and try to actively tease out different perspectives around a hypothesis based on the data.

For a related take on this idea of “many possible truths”, see Paul Bradshaw’s The Straw Man of Data Journalism’s “Scientific” Claim.

Author: Tony Hirst

I'm a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, with an interest in #opendata policy and practice, as well as general web tinkering...

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