Bringing Data to Real Life – Context and Practices of Data Physicalization
By Shing Yun Chiang
Data Physicalization by Shing Yun Chiang: “A 3D physical map is designed and produced to display the poverty levels and flood damages from Tropical Storm Allison, a representative flood event occurred in Houston, Texas in 2001. The map portraits the terrain of poverty levels with flood damages painted on top. “Depth” is adopted as the metaphor for social status. Higher poverty rates result in lower social status that in turn are represented as deeper areas in the map.”
By Andrew Tang
Showing changes through time that are related to geographic space usually entails multiple views, either statically as small multiples or dynamically as an animated interactive. This thesis will attempt to present time-series events in a singular view, to show the breadth of the changes through time in one static view. This thesis will explore a space-time cube display and also the use of glyphs to convey the changes within an event. Being able to show time-series events statically and efficiently can greatly improve the spread of information, as the viewer can quickly grasp the entirety of the information being conveyed. Read thesis
Feeling numbers: the rhetoric of pathos in visualization
By Sarah Campbell
The visualization “one month in an animal shelter” was part of an experiment testing the role of rhetoric in visualization. Sarah Campbell: “Rhetoric is a powerful tool used to influence and persuade. Due to their inherent subjectivity, data visualizations are a form of communication that employ persuasion techniques. Therefore, the rhetoric of visualizations deserves deeper investigation. Drawing from Aristotles three modes of persuasion, this thesis explores the rhetoric of pathos, or appeals to emotion, within data visualizations. In this thesis, I develop a taxonomy of pathos techniques applied to visualizations and empirically measure the emotional effect of pathos techniques that relate to data proximity. This research improves the visualization communitys understanding on how certain design decisions can add meaning and relevance to data.” Thesis
Project by Mike Beaudet, John Wihbey, Matt Tota, Aneri Pattani, Sophia Fox-Sowell, Emily Hopkins, Emily Turner, Gail Waterhouse.
While national debate in the United States continues over financial disclosure practices for federal officials, personal financial disclosure for state and local officials remains an under-studied area also in need of more sunlight and scrutiny.
This research project scores each U.S. state based on relevant disclosure policies and practices. This score is also integrated with other related measures to assess overall transparency around potential conflicts of interest by public officials. We also compute levels of corruption in each state to situate the transparency data in meaningful context, providing a unique, data-driven perspective on the current ethical climate in each state.
nauguration speeches in the United States set the tone for the new administration and they’re a reflection of the events of the time. They also reference the biggest worries of the population and provide a snapshot about the politics of every era.
This project explores all inauguration speeches available at the time (from George Washington to the second administration of Barack Obama) using a notational system to classify topics extracted through Natural Language analysis techniques.