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Data Visualization: an Untapped Potential for Political Participation and Civic Engagement
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2015 (English)In: 4th International Conference, EGOVIS 2015, Valencia, Spain, September 1-3, 2015: proceedings / [ed] Andrea Kő, Enrico Francesconi, Cham: Springer, 2015, 302-315 p.Conference paper (Refereed)Text
Abstract [en]

This article elaborates on the use of data visualization to promote a more informed and engaged participation in civic and democratic life. First, it outlines the main constraints and challenges in electronic participation research and concludes that the conventional deliberative approach to political participation has been impeding civic engagement. Then, through a couple of recent examples and a brief historical overview, it examines the power of data visualization. Following this, it explores the democratization of data visualization through four interconnected themes that provide new opportunities for political participation and civic engagement research: data storytelling, infographics, data physicalisation, and the quantified self. The goal is to call attention to this space and encourage a larger community of researchers to explore the possibilities that data visualization can bring.

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Cham: Springer, 2015. 302-315 p.
, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISSN 0302-9743 ; 9265
Keyword [en]
Data visualisation, Political participation, Civic engagement, Electronic democracy, Electronic participation
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123939DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-22389-6 22ISBN: 978-3-319-22388-9OAI: diva2:878583
4th International Conference, EGOVIS 2015, Valencia, Spain, September 1-3, 2015
Available from: 2015-12-09 Created: 2015-12-09 Last updated: 2015-12-28Bibliographically approved

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