• What would feminist data visualization look like?, by Catherine D’Ignazio

    The God Trick! Is this not the rhetorical premise and the seductive promise of most data visualization? To see from the perspective of no person, no body? Our appetite for such perspectives is fierce, “gluttonous”, as [Donna] Haraway characterizes it.
    And yet, there are ways to do more responsible representation. There are ways to “situate” data visualization and locate it in concrete bodies and geographies. Critical cartographers, counter-mapping artists, indigenous mappers and others have experimented for years with these methods and we can learn from them. 

    Here are some beginning design thoughts about what #feminist_data_visualization could do:
    1. Invent new ways to represent uncertainty, outsides, missing data, and flawed methods

    While visualizations - particularly popular, public ones - are great at presenting wholly contained worlds, they are not so good at visually representing their limitations.
    2. Invent new ways to reference the material economy behind the data.

    (...) What are the conditions that make a data visualization possible? Who are the funders? Who collected the data? Whose labor happened behind the scenes and under what conditions? (...)
    Data visualizations often cite data sources as fact on a legend but we could do more. What if we visually problematized the provenance of the data? The interests behind the data? The stakeholders in the data?


    3. Make dissent possible

    (...) as we know from Wikipedia editing wars and GoogleMap Controversies the world is not actually bracketed so conveniently and “facts” are not always what they appear to be.


    Catherine D’Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Data Visualization and Civic Media at Emerson College who investigates how data visualization, technology and new forms of storytelling can be used for civic engagement.

    #visualisation #méthodologie #féminisme #donna_haraway

    • Feminist Data Visualization

      by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein

      Abstract —In this paper, we begin to outline how feminist theory may be productively applied to information visualization research and practice. Other technology- and design-oriented fields such as Science and Technology Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Humanities, and Geography/GIS have begun to incorporate feminist principles into their research. Feminism is not (just) about women, but rather draws our attention to questions of epistemology – who is included in dominant ways of producing and communicating knowledge and whose perspectives are marginalized. We describe potential applications of feminist theory to influence the information design process as well as to shape the outputs from that process.

      Index Terms —Visualization, inclusion, digital humanities, critical perspectives, feminism.


    • Et voici la traduction en français sur @visionscarto :

      Pour une pratique féministe de la visualisation de données

      (avec une copie de l’original pour faire bonne mesure)

      Catherine a eu la gentillesse de réviser un peu le texte pour cette occasion, en ajoutant des exemples dans la troisième partie. Et quels exemples ! Je vous laisse découvrir ça…