Data Visualization In Sociology
Jonathan Melendez Davidson - 04.24.17
Due to the complexity of Sociology is it good to utilize Data visualization? Based on the previous reading of the Dots, how can we avoid expressing complex issues in society with the common mistakes that occur in data visualization of avoiding the micro scale, the individual affected?
The idea brought up of utilizing Visualization as a working tool rather than a superfluous tool to mislead audiences “We do not think visualization will give us the right answer simply by looking. Rather, we should think about how visualization might be more effectively integrated into all stages of our work.” Is something I think about constantly. I do believe in sharing data but if the idea of a visualization becomes to express some sort of bias then it obscures the purity of the data. Should data visualization become more of an internal process rather than an external product? Visualization for exploration rather than for presentation.
I am a bit perplexed after reading this entry, I’m still confused by the assumption that the audience of the data will be mostly experts in X or Y field where these journals are being published. I believe in open data and the ability to make that accessible, but if we are relying on the idea that only those which are experts in our field can understand the data clearly then what is the point?