A quick note on the 1st workshop (co-sponsored by Future Earth)
The first workshop started a new discussion on these topics and established a hugely valuable interdisciplinary network. Sub-groups have already submitted grants for research, training and meetings and some have already received funding. Some of those outputs are posted here https://ecoviz.wordpress.com/outputs/. Two publications are also in the pipeline (a short commentary article and a paper highlighting new visualisation research that we should all know about). This vastly exceeded the expectations.
The 2nd workshop
Following some short talks to re-introduce ourselves, and new working group members, we will complete a small project as a whole group:
Critical review of Science-Policy visualisations – Examine, critique, and review visualisations in science-policy reports, data portals and digital communications. What’s good and what’s not.
We will then have more talks, discussions and bite-sized projects… but the details are up to you! It will be an ‘unconference’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference). You could contribute a talk, or lead a discussion, or put forward a re-design challenge or develop an idea.
Content just has to have a goal. For example:
Sanity checks for visualisations in science-policy – What goes wrong and how to avoid problems. Goal > scope out and work towards a short guide with examples, and principles for guidelines.
What’s with all the maps? – Science-policy reports love maps. But are they effective? Goal > statement on common problems, potential redesigns, successes and new techniques etc…
A Policy for Visualisation? – How can we oil the cogs so that we all gain from effective visualisations? Goal > statement on barriers, opportunities and new strategies for visualisation practice and developing support.