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Civic Art Track Notes
354 days ago
MIT Center for Civic Media
Partnership with Catherine D'Ignazio about Data Literacy
Lots of existing tools for "visualization" that process data in ways that are not learner-centric
Need to maintain an empowerment frame throughout the process - learning situations
Give ownership of data to communities that data is being collected from
Data is just "special ways of counting" == Storytelling
Both quanitative and qualitative data are equally important in storytelling
Databasic rooted in pedagogical approach, not technological
HIp-hop workshops analyzing lyrics of rap/hip-hop songs by various metrics.
After doing Databasic exercises, different community groups have created murals as a result of their data-driven analysis.
Short activity guides for arts-based data activities live at datatherapy.org
Need to determine precise goals and audiences
Finding a Story
Process stresses Importance of sketching in order to find a narrative arc in a story
Telling your story
Example of data-driven community mural - form of mural is the result of storytelling through data
Sample arts activities using data: datatherapy.org
Cannot determine the form of the story without first determining audience and goals
Trying it out
Top Words, Bigrams, Trigrams >> Latter two provide context for top words.
Tools to ask questions with data
Compare two different text sources; builds on WordCounter
Includes intro videos, and activities to onboard new users
All activities can be done off-line first.
Aretha Franklin V. Lady Gaga >> Different experiences of womanhood: "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" v. "Oh, Oh, Oh"
The Beatles >> Individualistic v. communitarian cultures: "What I want" v. "What we want"
Taylor Swift >> "I" as the center of the universe, the "You" is present but passive.
The Beatles v. Prince >> Overlap in wanting love, but Beatles "want" love, but Prince "gets" love.
Prince loves us.
Even in fifteen minutes, major serious qualitative analysis is being done without really thinking about it.
"Visualization" usually passes the sketching phase and goes straight to technology. "If your story can't be sketched out on paper, it's a shit story."
Approaching how to communicate public health information to the masses.
What does that look like? Public policy? Public engagement on the ground? Getting concrete about goals.
Murals have political history, tapping into that existing history is power.
Getting beyond "let's map it"
The timidity of scientists in presenting data/research
"Data is bullshit"--Data requires context, can't "speak for itself"
Understanding the cultural context, recognize and own cultural artifacts of process
Open data releases "are the start of a process, not the end."
Big Data is useless if citizens lack the capacity to analyze/use it meaningfully.
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