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Distilling Jargon: A Case Study Examining the Efficacy of Government Information Visualizations

Kilgour, Lauren and Mattern, Eleanor (2015) Distilling Jargon: A Case Study Examining the Efficacy of Government Information Visualizations. In: iConference 2015, 24 March 2015 - 27 March 2015, Newport Beach, California.

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Abstract

In 2010, the federal government passed the Plain Writing Act, a piece of legislation that calls for clearly and concisely written government information. While this statute focuses on textual communication, its passage illustrates the government’s broader concerns with improving the accessibility of all government information. The same principles should guide the creation of nontextual communications, including visualizations intended to illustrate and accompany government information. This poster applies a case study approach to consider how current visualization methods and techniques might be modified in the future to more equitably distill government jargon. The case study looks at the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how this act is currently being visualized for lay audiences. We compare and contrast the text and visual versions of the ACA to examine what information is lost when concepts are transferred into visual format, as well to consider the efficacy of the visualization.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kilgour, Lauren
Mattern, Eleanoremm100@pitt.eduEMM1000000-0002-0421-0983
Date: 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: iConference 2015 Proceedings
Event Title: iConference 2015
Event Dates: 24 March 2015 - 27 March 2015
Event Type: Conference
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2016 15:16
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 12:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/26785

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