From analysis to presentation. Information visualization for reifying issues and reenacting insights in visual data analysis

Marina Boechat 1 Tommaso Venturini 2
2 DANTE - Dynamic Networks : Temporal and Structural Capture Approach
Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, LIP - Laboratoire de l'Informatique du Parallélisme, IXXI - Institut Rhône-Alpin des systèmes complexes
Abstract : We discuss the use of information visualization in digital sociology, (particularly in Controversy Mapping), and its role in outlining issues and objects of study through progressive insights. We believe the differences in visualizations between analysis and presentation are better understood as linked by a chain of transformations, rather than as two separate and stable levels of representation. We propose that, through such chain, two research movements are performed: the reification of issues, related to the construction of a stable consensus, and the reenaction of insights, that points to the role of visualizations as communication tools. We will illustrate such movements and effects by using a few examples of visualizations produced in the EMAPS research project.
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Marina Boechat, Tommaso Venturini. From analysis to presentation. Information visualization for reifying issues and reenacting insights in visual data analysis. Les Cahiers du numérique, Lavoisier, 2016, 12 (4), pp.185 - 204. ⟨10.3166/LCN.12.4.185-204⟩. ⟨hal-01672299⟩

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