2. “Visualisation Guidelines”

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.

Everyone can suggest content (either beforehand or on-the-day) and all of us decide what to do as a group or in subgroups. We had discussed a (1) “Grassroots, Guerrilla Guide to Visualisation”, and (2) “Visualisation Guidelines for Science-Policy”. Content related to these themes is encouraged!

Not everyone has to suggest content, just be prepared to roll your sleeves up and get involved.

Outputs can be shared via the website, and we hope that this will result in a report/paper.