This past Saturday (June 21, 2014), we held the Personal Perspective on Visualization and Visual Analytics Workshop at DIS2014 (missing reference). This is the second time we have held the workshop (the first being back in 2012 in Banff), but a really good opportunity to start thinking about community building. For me, it dovetails very nicely on the work that Samuel did on Constructive Visualization (Huron, Carpendale, Thudt, Tang, & Mauerer, 2014), as well as Julia and Bon’s workshop papers (Polleti, Baur, Tang, & Carpendale, 2012; Aseniero, Carpendale, & Tang, 2012), and to some extent, Haley’s work (MacLeod, Tang, & Carpendale, 2013).
Saturday’s workshop brought together 13 attendees (along with co-organizers Melanie, Sheelagh and me) who have been thinking along very related themes for some time. While I probably shouldn’t disclose the specific work of each individual, I think the submissions from the attendees were pretty insightful. Some themes/questions that I drew from them:
Some questions and themes I really enjoyed talking and thinking about at the workshop:
In relation to Bon Adriel’s work, it is clear that the Activity River is strictly about goal-centered interaction. (As distinct from strictly exploratory or curiosity-driven interaction.) This has implications for how feedback is given. I think the insights about storytelling are important for both Lisa and Wali’s ongoing work. That is, how can we support people’s storytelling efforts about their data? How do people create stories? What do they need to enable that? I suspect that the thinking about engagement will have a role to play for Wali’s work, too — that is, that just because people have stopped using the tool doesn’t mean that they aren’t still reaping the benefits of having used the tool. Finally, I liked the thoughts on reflection, too, as I think it relates to Lisa’s thinking about how reflection can and should work — that is, reflection doesn’t have to be solely a “looking inward” activity, and that actually that storytelling and reflection can be related to one another (Wali pointed this out).