- When: TBD, October 24-25, 2021
- Where: Virtual VIS 2021
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We are proud to announce the first Workshop on Visualization for Social Good to be held as part of IEEE VIS 2021. The goal of this workshop is to:
- provide a central venue within the IEEE VIS community for surfacing work that critiques, defines, or explores the impact of data visualization on society.
Visualization, like all fields connected with how we collect, interpret, and communicate data, has an immense potential impact on society, for good or for ill. It is up to us to make sure our work affects positive change in the world. The Visualization for Social Good Workshop (Vis4Good) aims to provide a central venue within the IEEE VIS community for surfacing work that critiques, defines, or explores the impact of data visualization on society. Through a blend of paper sessions, invited presentations, and break-out groups, we hope that the inaugural Vis4Good 2021 Workshop encourages attendees to harness visualization research to tackle critical challenges in responsible AI, clean energy, human health and well-being, and other domain areas with critical societal impact.
Call for Papers
We as designers, researchers, and technologists, have many opportunities ahead of us, as laid out in aspirational plans like the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering, and the NSF 10 Big Ideas. Yet, as the “techlash” continues, we are also seeing how technology has the power to magnify inequality, injustice, or other societal ills.
With the power that comes with collecting, interpreting, and communicating data in visualization, there is naturally a social responsibility. To do good and avoid harm, we should make our values as a field explicit, criticize and critique the work we do that has a potential for harm, develop a pedagogy around the socially responsible design and use of visualization, and develop good patterns for fruitful collaboration with stakeholders working on key societal problems.
To that end, we are soliciting work that deals with the social impact of visualization work. Potential contributions might include (but are not limited to):
- Design studies, “collaboration journals,” or other best practices for visualization work in domains with high social impact. Examples include:
- Public health, development, and sustainable growth
- Inclusivity, accessibility, and disability rights
- Diversity, racial equality, and gender equality
- Sustainability, ecology, and environmental activism
- Explorations of design considerations for visualizations for mass audiences or policymakers. Examples include:
- Building statistical or visualization literacy and fluency
- Persuasion, misinformation, and deception
- Critiques, manifestos, or provocations around social or ethical responsibilities in visualization design or research
Consult our resources page for sample works.
Papers will be up to four pages, plus up to one page of references, in VGTC two-column format. Authors may elect to have their paper included archivally, or, per the authors’ request (e.g., for in-progress work), to have the work be presented but excluded from formal conference proceedings.
Submissions will be made via PCS and single-blind reviewed by the program committee.
- July 23: Submission Deadline
- August 9: Reviews Due
- August 27: Camera-Ready Deadline
- October 24,25, or 26: Workshop Date
- Lyn Bartram, SFU
- Vetria Byrd, Purdue
- Catherine D’Ignazio, MIT
- Mennatallah El-Assady, University of Konstanz / Ontario University
- Jessica Hullman, Northwestern
- Lauren Klein, Emory
- Crystal Lee, MIT
- Sean McGregor, Syntiant, Partnership on AI, XPrize Foundation
- Ronald Metoyer, Notre Dame
- Ab Mosca, Tufts
- Philippe Rivière, Visioncarto.net
- Arvind Satyanarayan, MIT
- Jon Schwabish, Urban Institute
- Uzma Haque Syeda, Northeastern
- Emily Wall, Northwestern
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