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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Democratizing Data Visualization

An upcoming look at the 'Exhibit' experiment, which I remember hearing about, but have not followed.  In a couple of corporate connections the concept of 'democratizing data' has been emphasized.  Here is a good example of its leverage, because visualization is better understood by the public, versus other forms of analytics.  Will report on this further.

" ... In 2007, members of the Haystack Group in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory released a set of Web development tools called “Exhibit.” Exhibit lets novices quickly put together interactive data visualizations, such as maps with sortable data embedded in them; sortable tables that automatically pull in updated data from other sites; and sortable displays of linked thumbnail images.

In April, at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Haystack members will present an in-depth study of the ways in which Exhibit has been used — with ramifications for the design of data-visualization tools; data-management software, such as spreadsheets; and Web-authoring software, such as content management systems. ... " 

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