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Notes on the schools data visualisation localgovcamp session
Visualising data – why/how Involving schools? disinterested use of open data @paul0evans1 & @tobyblume #visualdata
Understanding what we’re trying to achieve with data/visualisaCons
‘Noisy’ opinion • UnrepresentaCve – small numbers -‐ intermediaries • Time-‐rich – heavy engagement • ‘Prejudiced’ (ideology, religion, tribalism etc) • Self-‐interested – not public interest Down with this• GeOng more abundant (free publishing) sort of thing! Heavy preferences & DistorCon & passionate views disinformaCon Coercion: Campaigning & vote-‐driving
Good digital policymaking tree OpCmal Policy NaConal Government Councillors Evidence Opinion Newspapers, pressure Experience + research + groups, FOI requests + disinterested armchair ConsultaCons Bloggers auditors, hyperlocals
We want… • Disinterested analysis -‐ not inducCve • Many minds – diversity of perspecCves / invenCon / ‘conversaCon starters’ • Issues made more a^racCve to engage with – infographics / walk-‐throughs etc • Folksy descripCon of council work – not ‘oﬃcer-‐speak’
PenalCes of being hard to deal with • Price parCcipaCon at £0 = mostly ‘fanaCc’ respondents • Hard-‐to-‐get informaCon (FOI) rewards hard-‐ to-‐avoids – and loses control of how informaCon is released • Having a monopoly in describing your service = bureaucraCc voice/distrust (spin)
SuggesCons from the session • Review required skills for LocalGov employment • Co-‐ordinate visualisaCon skills within local government be^er • Lower expectaCons on corporate style – go for authenCcity rather than branding • Encourage people other than formal employees to present informaCon – it’s more authenCc – enable and curate rather than ‘just create’ • Make a clearer link between parCcipaCon & decisionmaking • Make organisaCons more permissive in comms terms – making everything go through the corporate ﬁlter doesn’t work • When we inform – say WHY we’re informing • Curate walk-‐throughs of how people do good data-‐visualisaCon – dotgovlabs / skunkworks • Visual media surgeries!!!
Intro slides plus notes from attendees conclusions from the Local G