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BetterViz

A tool to collect user feedback on data visualizations

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What is this project?

This research deals with the analysis of online data visualisation, produced by practitioners, by looking at data visualisation evaluation and how the consumers of these data visualisations are involved in this process.
Your role in this research will be to download a feedback tool, in the form of a Google Chrome browser extension, that will require you to firstly answer questions about yourself and then respond to individual online data visualisations.
Further instructions on how you will do this can be found in the 'Instructions' section of the website

What data will be collected?

In the profile page the following data is captured:
your consent to take part in the research;
entering your email address is optional, it would be used to identify your data if you wish to withdraw from the study in the future, and would not be used for any other reason;
a randomly generated ID that allows your profile to be linked to the answers you provide when engaging with data visualisations;
everything else is optional, you can choose not to answer.

When you are using the feedback part of the browser extension it will capture:
the time you spend engaging with the data visualisation;
the URL of the page;
the title of the page;
and the answers you provide.

Why is this data being collected?

The profile page will ask you questions of a sociocultural nature. These include demographic information such as age, location and so forth. It will also ask you questions about your gender, sexual orientation and whether you consider yourself to have a disability. These are obviously questions of a sensitive nature, and you are free to not answer them. The reason for asking these questions is that literature on Data Visualisation suggests that current practices may be excluding particular voices from conversations around data, power, and data visualisation practices (for example see Feminist Data Visualisation). This research, therefore, attempts to gather this information to gain an insight into whose voices and opinions are predominantly captured in response to online data visualisations, and consuquently those that might be missing.

What happens with the data?

The data will be stored in a secure database where it will be periodically downloaded and stored securely for analysis.
Your data will not be shared with any third parties. Results from this study may be shared externally in the form of reports or data visualisations. Research data collected will be made anonymous and all identifying information will be removed.
Selected research data will be archived at the UK Data Service upon completion of my research.

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