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Sesjon 1: Kommunikasjon og formidling med datavisualisering

Wibke Weber, professor, Zürich University of Applied Sciences: Neutral or biased? Data visualization and professional norms

What should a data visualization look like? Fact-based and trustworthy or colorful and eye-catching? The increasing presence of data visualizations in journalism makes a debate about professional norms in dealing with the design of visualizations urgently necessary. Graphs and charts appear objective because they are based on data, follow a numerical logic, and transform data into geometric forms. What can be easily overlooked, is that data visualizations are the result of many choices made in a design process, and thus, subjective. Based on new research, Wibke Weber will talk about the relationship between visualization practices and journalistic professional norms.

Øyvind Bye Skille, data journalist, NRK: From data collection to presentation in news stories.

How does a journalist, or a newsroom, choose the stories where data visualizations are to be used? The process involves the access to data, possibilities for a better understanding of the story for the audience and the ability to handle and present the data in a correct manner. And how do data visualizations co-exist with other parts of the reporting and presentation? For newsrooms, the ability to use data visualizations might increase the interest for the story in the audience. At the same time there might be differences in the focus of the general news reporter’s traditional case driven workflow, compared to the more data driven workflow of a story heavily using data visualizations.

Martin Engebretsen, professor, UiA: What does it look like from the reader’s perspective?

Data visualization is sometimes presented as a fast road to overview and insight. However, many readers find graphs and charts hard to understand. Some are afraid they won’t understand even before they start reading. What are typical challenges for non-expert readers interacting with data visualizations, and how can they be responded to by those designing communication projects that involve data visualizations? Based on recent research, these are the questions that Martin Engebretsen will deal with in his presentation

Mikael Snaprud, CEO, Tingtun AS: Accessibility of dataviz for people with disabilities

Access to data visualizations can be crucial to take part in democratic discussions. A survey of accessibility for national statistics institutes (like SSB) uncover large differences among different countries across Europe. How can we share best practice more efficiently to find better solutions for more users faster?

Kathrine Frey Frøslie, associate professor at NMBU and blogger: Can women’s health be knitted? (Yes. But why?)

After statistician Kathrine Frey Frøslie finished her PhD in the field of women’s health (more specifically, statistical modelling of blood sugar regulation in pregnant women), she decided to become an influencer. She started to make tactile visualisations of her own research topics and statistical favourites, wrapping her knitting patterns in colourful photos and playful narratives in her Norwegian “knitting blog” Statistrikk is a Trojan horse in the statistical community; a statistics blog in sheep’s clothing. Statistrikk has received financial support from the Norwegian Research Council, and exclusively positive reactions from its enthusiastic readers; at the same time it is banned from Norway’s largest knitting group on Facebook, due to its substantial content. (No wonder, as we all know how both knitting and statistics can make your blood boil.)