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The INDVIL book is out!

The INDVIL book, Data Visualization in Society, is finally out! Edited by Helen Kennedy and Martin Engebretsen, the book offers no less than 26 chapters, covering various aspects of the phenomenon named in the title. The book is freely accessible online, or it can be bought in print version, following this link:

A big thanks to all the authors (38 authors from a number of countries have been involved) and to Amsterdam University Press for their commitment and support during a long, but yet enjoyable process.  Also, thanks to Alberto Cairo for writing an insightful foreword to the book, and to Johanna Drucker and Lev Manovich for endorsing it.


"This book offers unique and much needed perspectives on data visualization culture. While most books still approach the subject in a practical 'how to' way, Data Visualization In Society offers a range of critical reflections on key social and cultural dimensions of visualization culture. This is the book we have been waiting for."

Lev Manovich, Professor of Computer Science, The Graduate Center, City University of New York & Director, Cultural Analytics Lab

“The articles in this expertly edited volume make a crucial contribution to critical studies in the area of data visualization. Focused on a broad range of topics including activism, literacy, accessibility, social disparity, gender politics, and professional practices, the papers demonstrate in case after case the rhetorical power of visualizations and the need to engage critically with that power.”

Johanna Drucker, Breslauer Professor and Distinguished Professor of Information Studies, UCLA

“I often joke—although I’m inclined to believe—that a field X reaches maturity when a parallel field of ‘philosophy of X’ springs into existence. […] Data Visualization in Society is a collection of chapters by scholars and professionals who don’t call themselves philosophers of visualization but who, in practice, operate as such. I see this book as a relevant step toward the possible inception of the philosophy of data visualization as a discipline.”

From the Foreword by Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair at the University of Miami and author of ‘How Charts Lie’

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