ResViz: Politics and design issues in visualizing academic metrics

Elsden, Chris, Mellor, Sebastian, Olivier, Patrick, Wheldon, Pete, Kirk, David and Comber, Rob (2016) ResViz: Politics and design issues in visualizing academic metrics. In: CHI 2016 - Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 7th - 12th May 2016, San Jose, CA.

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The use of data and metrics on a professional and personal level has led to considerable discourse around the performative power and politics of 'big data' and data visualization, with academia being no exception. We have developed a university system, ResViz, which publicly visualizes the externally funded research projects of academics, and their internal collaborations. We present an interview study that engages 20 key stakeholders, academics and administrators who are part of the pilot release for the first version of this system. In doing so, we describe and problematize our design space, considering the implications of making metrics visible and their social use within a large organization. Our findings cut across the way people communicate, review and manage performance with metrics. We raise seven design issues in this space - practical considerations that expose the tensions in making metrics available for public contestation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Metrics; Visualization; Critical Data Studies
Subjects: G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2018 09:51
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 09:51

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