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Developing a system for suggesting alternative ways of visualizing data

Boretskii, I. (2022) Developing a system for suggesting alternative ways of visualizing data.

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Abstract:The UN Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an actual, engaged framework for a resilient progress in ecological, social and political aspects. Most of the targets and indicators for the 17 Goals already have an established methodology and can be expressed in a measure of value, and thus can potentially be visualized. The goals can be used for analysis in various ways: comparisons between countries and territories, for assessing dynamics, identifying qualitative and quantitative transformations, classification, for possible forecasting. The selection on data visualization options for such topics represents a strong challenge: the type of data or presentation format may be not well understood, the design or visualization type itself (especially maps) may be inappropriate, the audience can be misplaced; the external support to see potential successful diagram variations, including the inclusion of some data transformation option, is often needed. Therefore, research on mapping and visualization within the SDGs is still needed; as a contribution to this ongoing overall research, this work attempts to develop an interactive system of guidelines and hints for proper visualization of SDG data, realized as a recommender system. The current thesis attempts to find an approach to close the gap between the original data and its visualization outputs through an elaboration on suggestion system for the SDG indicators. The peculiar focus is to implement the alternative options for the indicators by considering the data transformation.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ITC: Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Subject:54 computer science, 74 (human) geography, cartography, town and country planning, demography
Programme:Geo-informatics MSc (60031)
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