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Title:Distilling jargon: A case study examining the efficacy of government information visualizations
Author(s):Kilgour, Lauren; Mattern, Eleanor
Subject(s):information policy and open access
information services
information visualization
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 non-textual 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.
Issue Date:2015-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2015 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-03-24

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