Session 14

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Title of session: Visualisation and storytelling

Chair: Alexandru Gherasim

Room: S3B Sukiennice

Time: 14:30 - 16:00

Date: 27 June

Session 14 - papers & presentations

Presenting AuthorAbstract
Hannah Brunning
Title: <<< Data Visualisation: Presenting compliance burden across GSS official statistics >>>
“Data! Data! Data! . . . I can’t make bricks without clay!”[1]. The importance of data permeates through history and as Doyle suggests, it forms the building blocks for which we base our conclusions. However, while the data affords us the opportunity to theorize, scrutinize, and make decisions, we are then faced with communicating our findings. It is here we realise the true significance of data visualisation. Data Visualisation is “the representation of data to facilitate understanding”[2]. The human brain is remarkable, but it has limitations. When it comes to data, especially that of a complex nature, it’s much more digestible to communicate this data through graphs and charts. By appealing to our creative perceptions, data visualisation provides us with insight through aesthetically pleasing platforms. I will explore the role of a data viewer and what they need as they perceive and interpret data in various formats. This research is conducted surrounding a user review on compliance and burden across the UK GSS[3]. The multidisciplinary nature of this field offers the opportunity to look at both viewer and visualiser. There is a need to demonstrate trust and flexibility throughout the process of communicating data and this paper will explore the opportunities and challenges experienced. Trustworthiness is a recurring theme throughout; it’s something which is necessary when presenting internal or external customers with statistics and it’s a pursuit that should guide all decisions during analysis and design stages. Overall, I will demonstrate the transition from traditional data communication to data visualisation through compliance burden on all UK Government Departments who produce official statistics. I will also convey the importance of data visualisation, touch upon tools and technology as enablers and explore the analysis and communication of data through the perspective of both viewer and visualiser.
Zsolt Czinkos
Title: <<< Targeting a wider public – interactive storytelling with statistical data >>>
Reaching a wider public with statistical data is difficult. Smartphones and increasing mobile bandwidth are changing user expectations. Statistical visualizations should meet the standards of current user experience. Hungarian Central Statistical Office has started to create interactive storytelling infographics and data visualizations to highlight interesting facts, to explain terms, to show results – to improve statistical literacy. Creating customised story visualizations is challenging. It requires cooperation between people from different domains: software development, statistics, communication, management, visualization. It also needs software tools. Publishing to both mobile and desktop environment requires responsive design and cross-browser compatibility. Tools exist, but development is expensive. Is it worth it? Number of visitors should be measured, feedback should be received. This presentation offers insight into the development process of a published interactive storytelling visualization highlighting technical details.
Jana Vanagė
Title: <<< Visual presentation of statistics on the Official Statistics Portal (OSP) >>>
Statistics Lithuania has several tools for statistical information visualizing. One of them is GIS tool. For a long time, Statistics Lithuania has only used geographic information systems (GIS) for drawing statistical maps for statistical publications. In 2017, the Official Statistics Portal, including the GIS component, was substantially updated. The GIS component was supplemented with additional functionality, enabling users to perform more complex analyses. On the Official Statistics Portal, two applications presenting statistical data in maps – Interactive Atlas and Detailed Statistics – were created using GIS technologies. The Interactive Atlas allows the data analysis in space and time, as well as comparison thereof. The Detailed Statistics application provides the indicators of the 2011 Population and Housing Census of the Republic of Lithuania at more detailed territorial level, i.e. by grids. The size of grids – 10, 5, 2.5 and 1 km2. The grids cover the whole territory of Lithuania; towns are divided into grids of 500 and 250 km2, the largest cities – 100 km2. The grids make it possible not to stick to administrative units and the collected data of that kind of detail in different periods always remain comparable. It is one of the first publicly available projects in Lithuania which allows receiving statistics of that kind of detail represented in maps. After the implementation of the Official Statistics Portal project and integration of GIS, Statistics Lithuania commanded widespread attention of the users and this encouraged to take on the development project.
Neal Chen
Title: <<< Bringing Data to life with Data visualization >>>
In today’s data-rich environment where users are overloaded with vast amounts of information, data visualization is essential in capturing a viewer’s attention and retaining it through storytelling. When data and visuals are weaved together into a story, it is able to resonate with the users on both an intellectual and emotional level. The human mind is able to grasp information better through data visualization tools instead of pouring over complex data in spreadsheets or reports. Although static visualization has long been used in storytelling, technological advancements have made the creation of interactive visualization easily accessible to the masses. Focusing on the users’ experience as the centerpiece of our design, Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of Singapore has developed an Integrated Manpower Analytics System (iMAS) which offers a wide array of statistical products such as infographics, videographics and interactive dashboards. This paper examines how MOM integrates data visualization into our statistical production process to provide users with a unique and customized narrative experience.

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