Dr. Ben Shneiderman on Data Visualization’s Breakthrough Moment in the COVID-19 Crisis

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Dr. Shneiderman examines the 300-year history of data visualization and how it has evolved.

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Dr. Ben Shneiderman's recent article, Data Visualization’s Breakthrough Moment in the COVID-19 Crisis, published on Mention, is making the rounds on Twitter in Data Visualization circles. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, people from all walks of life are turning to online news to understand what is happening and predicted to happen - often relying on data visualization.

In the article, Dr. Shneiderman, University of Maryland professor and founding director of the UMD Human-Computer Interaction Lab, examines the 300-year history of data visualization and how it has evolved into a widely used tool for public explanations, pandemic modeling, and government policymaking.

Dr. Shneiderman also looks at the benefits of data visualization during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as flaws, such as lack of bandwidth, usability, accessibility by users with disabilities, and uncertainty in data.

Read the full article here.

 

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