Sense.us: Towards a more social ‘social visualization’

Jasper P. Sluijs

Abstract


The present research analyses the ‘social visualization’ tool Sense.us, a commercial interactive Web application in which U.S. Census data are being visualized. Sense.us was developed as a tool for social data exploration and interaction, in which it would be worthwhile to pay attention to the socio-cultural values that have driven the collection and categorization of the underlying U.S. Census datasets. It is argued that closer attention to value-driven U.S. Census statistics would greatly enhance the social appeal of Sense.us, and would be a logical next step in the development of online social visualization tools. In order to allow for explicit socio-cultural values of statistics in online visualizations, three strategies are offered: pro-active annotation; more attention to visual aesthetics; and, a tighter integration of user profiles and represented data.

Keywords


information visualization; statistics; categorization

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v13i12.2306



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