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My presentation about (data)visualisations during Apps for Ghent 2012. My main goal was to emphasize the force of a story and the possible abuse of data.

My presentation about (data)visualisations during Apps for Ghent 2012. My main goal was to emphasize the force of a story and the possible abuse of data.

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    • This is my 10-minute presentation during Apps for Ghent 2012 (dutch) www.appsforghent.beHi, ik ben Andries - @dretio
    • Co-founder “Bits of Love”, een digitalestudio. I started showing some visualisations from our www.bitsoflove.be studio
    • Some more visualisations from www.smalltownheroes.be, a second screen for TV company.... en “Small Town Heroes”.Wij maken 2nd screens apps voor TV.
    • Play “connecting the dots” with your children if you want them to become dataviz people ;)Connecting the dots, my first love.
    • Reading the stats, my second. Strategy games are the perfect blend of Project Management, Statistics and Visualisations with a strategy sauce on top. That’s why I love them all.
    • Stories, my third. These days we forget about the importance of stories and storytelling. Not the marketing lingo, but the real everyday stuff.
    • With my limited time,I skipped some importanttopics like : crappyinfographics...Niet over ... vorm
    • ..The rich history of visualisations..Niet over ... history
    • ..The physical & psychoaspects aroundvisualisations..Niet over ... psychology
    • .. and the future of dataviz. This example is located on the airport of Zürich and is awesome.Niet over ... the future of dataviz Observation Deck B
    • But.. about using the force wisely I really want to talk about powerful visualisations by means of storytelling & knowledge of the subject.
    • In my opinion this visualisation won gold at Malofiej12 because it uses great story mechanics.De basis van een goeie visualisatie is eenverhaal & kennis van het onderwerp
    • How do journalists react to this “open data/ sources” thing?Wat doe je met 1000 pagina’s confidentiëledocumenten?
    • Some make a Wordle out of 1000 pages with great information, to conclude the word “REPORTS” has a lot of occurences...Fastcompany Wikileaks visualisation
    • Others make great stories like this viz by NYT, based on the same documentsNYT Wikileaks visualisation
    • Data without context has no meaning. Data needs a background, a narrative thatsucks the user mentally into the world of the data.Narratives are fundamental in human reasoning and give humans the ability toassign meaning to their experiences (Laurillard 1998; Dickey 2006). Applications,whether games or data visualizations, have to incorporate a narrative in order toreach its full potential. According to Brown and Cairns (2004), it is the narrativethat separates an engagement-application from an immersion-application. Themore immersion the higher amounts of time, effort and attention an user willinvest in the application. By integrating a narrative, or letting the data make up astory, the user will be much more invested, emotionally and mentally. Thenarrative functions as the motor. Here I make the link between games & data visualisations, and the necessity of a narrative to reach “full potential”
    • Another great example by The GuardianWe moeten verhalen vertellen
    • We moeten verhalen vertellen Another by NYT
    • These are very special visualisations you can find in the book “Zachte Atlas van Nederland”. It’s awesome & full of stories.Inspiratie : comics
    • Even when they are fake, movies & ads & arts can help us to create great visualisation stories.Inspiratie : ads
    • Warning : do not always trust designers. This article in Smashing Magazine was a bloody shame. Basic charts are good!Vertrouw niet altijd designers :)
    • It’s a dog in a park - I had some fun here with the audience :)Heatmap : zee of land ?
    • Warning : do not alwaysVertrouw je ogen niet trust designers. These guys multiplied the wrong variables in their circles..
    • Vertrouw je ogen niet .. with this result. I think we should learn to see these mistakes.
    • This is the famous “Facebook break-ups” example. I want to show the importance of “contextual & cultural knowledge” for finding storiesDe basis van een goeie visualisatie is een verhaal &kennis van het onderwerp
    • Now, including the western holidays scheme.De basis van een goeie visualisatie is een verhaal &kennis van het onderwerp
    • Gebied A Gebied B10% werklozen met een uitkering 30% werklozen met een uitkering I ended with an example how to manipulate “open data” for a “political agenda”. First we take 1 source to show “the lazy region”. 90% 70% De “actieve” bevolking regio Gent - Eeklo
    • Gebied A Gebied B10% werklozen met een uitkering 30% werklozen met een uitkering40% uitkeringen van het OCMW 10% uitkering van het OCMW As “an expert”, I know we have to look for additional data (contextual knowledge!). So I added a second source to define “active people”, shifting the 90% 50% map. 70% 40% De “actieve” bevolking regio Gent - Eeklo
    • Gebied A Gebied B10% werklozen met een uitkering 30% werklozen met een uitkering40% uitkeringen van het OCMW 10% uitkering van het OCMW10% ouder dan 65 jaar 60% ouder dan 65 jaar Another “expert” adds another important fact : people > 65 years have different stats. This means adding a 3rd source for “active”, resulting 90% 50% 40% in a 3rd new map. 70% 40% 100% De “actieve” bevolking regio Gent - Eeklo
    • data => interpretatie => visualisatie/ kennis onderwerp verhaalSo my message for thiscrowd of open data fanswas : try to find stories, andhandle your data with care.(this slide should be morecomplex :)
    • Laat ons dus zoeken naar : Journalisten Producers Experts in het vak Verhalenvertellers Die van onze data verhalen maken,die veel impact hebben op onze samenleving I think our Open Data community needs more storytellers, experts, journalists,.. and less “app makers” ;)
    • Tnx ! andries@bitsoflove.be @dretio www.bitsoflove.bewww.smalltownheroes.be
    • Referenceshttp://www.niemanlab.org/2011/10/word-clouds-considered-harmful/http://www.albertoantoniazzi.com/Belgische voorbeelden : Deredactie.be & DS - Bart De Nevehttp://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/mar/22/middle-east-protest-interactive-timelinehttp://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/08/27/us/preparations-for-hurricane-irene-and-reports-of-damage.htmlhttp://projects.nytimes.com/guantanamo/http://www.appsforghent.be