Seeing Data Blog

Re-entering academia: excitement and culture shock

by Lulu Pinney • February, 9th 2017

About this time last year on a Wednesday morning a tweet caught my eye: 3 funded PhDs in ‘relating to data through visualisation’! Exciting! Please come learn with us. I knew it was connected to the Seeing Data conference that I’d enjoyed the previous Autumn. And I’m always keen to support anything datavis-related close tocontinue reading »

Exciting New DataVis Research Collaboration in Norway

by Helen Kennedy • January, 18th 2017

Exciting New DataVis Research Collaboration in Norway

In November I went to the kick-off meeting for a three-year research project called INDVIL (= Innovative Data Visualisation and Visual-Numeric Literacy) which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and hosted at the University of Agder in Kristiansand, southern Norway. INDVIL is led by Martin Engbretsen. Through theoretical and empirical studies, INDVIL will explorecontinue reading »

Reflections from a fledging PhD student

by Jill Simpson • November, 16th 2016

Reflections from a fledging PhD student

I am in week four of a three year PhD exploring how diverse users engage with and draw meanings from data visualisations. My project forms part of the ‘Relating to Data’ network which I joined in October after completing a masters in social research.  Although I am coming at this project with a sociological backgroundcontinue reading »

Big data and their visualisation: the ideological work of data visualisation conventions

by Rosemary Lucy Hill • August, 26th 2016

Big data and their visualisation: the ideological work of data visualisation conventions

By Rosemary Lucy Hill (This short article is adapted from The Work that Visualisation Conventions Do by Helen Kennedy, Rosemary Lucy Hill, Giorgia Aiello and Will Allen. It first appeared on University of Leeds’ Centre for Health, Technology and Social Practice blog on 23rd March 2016.)1 In our digital world, data are becoming increasingly valuedcontinue reading »

Innovative Data Visualisation in the News: update on progress

by Martin Engebretsen • July, 3rd 2016

Innovative Data Visualisation in the News: update on progress

What is the current status of data visualisation in the news? What do they look like? How are they designed and produced? What discursive work do they perform? And how are they read? These questions are at stake in the project Innovative Data Visualisation in the News, funded by the Norwegian Media Authorities and conductedcontinue reading »

Research findings, articles, blogposts & more

by Helen Kennedy • April, 11th 2016

Research findings, articles, blogposts & more

It’s been a long time since we’ve blogged about our Seeing Data research, as we have been busy analysing, blogging, writing and talking about our findings. We have one journal article out and several more submitted or accepted. We’ve blogged, podcasted and webinared about some of the things emerging from our research, as listed below,continue reading »

Webinar about our research findings

by Rosemary Lucy Hill • June, 24th 2015

What: webinar about Seeing Data research findings When: 1st July 2015, 3pm BST Where: online via Adobe Connect Who: academics and visualisers interested in data and visualisation To participate: email seeingdata@leeds.ac.uk On 1st July 2015 at 3pm BST we will be holding a webinar to disseminate and discuss what we have found out on thecontinue reading »

Sharing the Facts? Data visualisation and the general election

by Rosemary Lucy Hill • May, 7th 2015

Sharing the Facts? Data visualisation and the general election

I’ve been looking at the visualisations used by British political parties in the run up to today’s UK General Election on 7th May. Some parties use visualisations in their manifestos, some on their website, some don’t use them. What can a semiotic analysis of these visualisations tell us about how the parties want to presentcontinue reading »

The Challenge of Visualising Qualitative Data: can a Venn diagram help us to understand the place of sociocultural factors in engaging with visualisations?

by Rosemary Lucy Hill • May, 6th 2015

The Challenge of Visualising Qualitative Data: can a Venn diagram help us to understand the place of sociocultural factors in engaging with visualisations?

On the Seeing Data project we have generated a lot of data for qualitative analysis: we have focus group and interview transcripts; written diaries; talking mat representations of how much people liked and learned from visualisations; semiotic coding of visualisations. Lots of very rich data which we are busy analysing. One thing that has becomecontinue reading »

‘Do We Have to Visualise Everything?!’ Engaging with the Public

by William Allen • April, 23rd 2015

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been drawing on our emergent findings to engage with different groups. In February, Rosey and Andy worked with secondary school-aged students in Leeds as part of the Jampacked events which introduces them to computing and programming. Later, in March we developed that into fuller, two-hour workshops for researchers atcontinue reading »