Digital Library Seminar Series: 2012-12-12

This event is sponsored by the Digital Humanities Center and the Libraries Digital Program Division.

It is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

 

Topic

The Ethics of Visualization

Speaker

Chris Alen Sula

Affiliation

Assistant Professor and Digital Humanities Coordinator, School of Information & Library Science, Pratt Institute

Description

Visualization and infographics are widely discussed today, both inside of the academy and in the public at large. Academic departments as diverse as digital arts and humanities, cognitive science, and molecular chemistry have taken up the topic, and journalists like Geoff McGhee even claim that our future is one "in which data becomes a medium." But despite its popularity and potential impact, "infovis" has rarely been considered in an ethical light. While there has been recent development on the philosophy of information, there is still little corresponding to an applied ethics of visualization and even less guidance available for information professionals. This talk examines the groundwork of infovis ethics and considers several ways in which visualization could give rise to obligations to/for certain groups. The conclusion will situate infovis within a techno-historical context, which raises broader issues of access, representation, and power with respect to visualization.

Date

December, 12, 2012

Day

Wednesday

Time

Noon - 1:30 PM

Location

203 Butler Library, Morningside Heights Campus, Columbia University

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