Panel: Data Visualization for Policy Analysis and Public Management
(Data Watch)

Thursday, November 8, 2012: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Mencken (Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Moderators:  Jonathan Schwabish, Congressional Budget Office
Chairs:  Jonathan Schwabish, Congressional Budget Office

For economists particularly interested in making their research more widely available to the public and policymakers, distilling complicated analysis to simple and concise graphics can be key. Such graphics can also be helpful tools for researchers to help them better understand the story their data is telling them. The emerging field of data visualization can provide insight into the tools and strategies that can help economists accomplish those goals. Data visualization combines data analysis, graphic design, journalism, and statistics in a way that is perfect for the age of big data. One of the major graphic tool of this new field—the information graphic, or infographic—is growing exponentially: In 2007 there were 61 infographics on; by 2010 the number had risen to 2,745. This session will bring together experts in the field of data visualization to discuss the tools, techniques, and strategies that can help economists create captivating graphics for both academic and policy audiences. The session is made up with 4 presenters from different areas of the design field who can provide general and specific insight and techniques for researchers, practitioners, teachers, and policymakers to improve the visual representation of their work. Each presenter will talk for about 10 to 15 minutes, which will allow sufficient time for questions from the audience.

Data Visualization for Data Exploration
Jeff Stanger, Center for Digital Information

Visualizing Economic Data for Non-Experts
Catherine Mulbrandon,

Using Data Visualization At the Congressional Budget Office
Jonathan Schwabish, Congressional Budget Office

Communicating with Data and Design
Bryan Connor, Maryland Institute College of Art

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