EthnoVis: Developing an interactive visualization as a designerly tool and process of longitudinal data analysis and communication

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Abstract

In this paper, we report on an interactive visualization that served multiple purposes and diverse roles in a research-through-design (RtD) study. The visualization is part of the study on the sociocultural factors that shape energy exchanges between households. It showcases an ethnographic data combined with quantitative logs collected for
11 months, comprising of around 1200 energy exchanges between 27 energy-receiving households and one energy-giving household in a rural village in India. In this paper, we reflect on how designing the visualization as a process as well as the visualization as a tool, played three significant roles in the RtD study. First, as a process, it helped design researchers to select, reduce, and summarise qualitative and quantitative findings and find connections between them. Second, interactive visualization as a tool
became a means of disseminating longitudinal data. Third, interactive visualization as a boundary object enabled interaction, cooperation, and collaboration
amongst designers, researchers, engineers, and anthropologists. Overall, we suggest to the design research community to consider designing of an interactive visualization as a way to make sense of longitudinal collected in a RtD project and to utilize their design skills for such creative ways of analysis and knowledge dissemination.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the fourth biennial Research through Design Conference
EditorsElisa Giaccardi , Pieter Jan Stappers
PublisherResearch Through Design
Pages1-16
Number of pages16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventThe fourth biennial Research through Design Conference : Method and Critique – Frictions and Shifts in Research through Design - Science Center/Het Nieuwe Instituut, Delft/Rotterdam
Duration: 19 Mar 201922 Mar 2019
Conference number: 4th

Conference

ConferenceThe fourth biennial Research through Design Conference
Abbreviated titleRTD 2019
CityDelft/Rotterdam
Period19/03/1922/03/19

Keywords

  • Interactive Visualissation
  • Ethnography
  • Longitudinal Data
  • Energy Exchange
  • Rural India
  • Research through Design

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