Information+ is an interdisciplinary conference that brings together researchers, educators, and practitioners in information design and data visualization to discuss common questions and challenges in these rapidly changing fields. Information+ seeks to foster productive exchanges amongst the variety of people involved in the theories, practices and pedagogies of analyzing and communicating information.
Information+ will be held online between 27th September – 1st October, 2021 at minimal cost to attendees. Building on the experiences from the previous installments of Information+ 2016 at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver and Information+ 2018 at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, we seek to significantly broaden the base of our interdisciplinary community. We are working to design a new kind of online event for the Information+ community; it will not be a typical online conference. We will be posting regular updates about our plans for the format as they develop.
In 2020, Information+ was scheduled to be held in-person at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). Due to the risks posed by COVID-19, that event was cancelled. The 2021 online format is intended to enable the safest and most inclusive possible event, given continued uncertainties about the viability of large in-person gatherings.
Information+ will take place remotely between 27 Sept. and 1 Oct. via Zoom. Each day of the conference will include two sets of live conversations with breaks in between during a 3-hour window, from 9 am – 12 pm EST. We hope that this conference schedule eases participation across most time zones. Presenters will engage in conversations that will be open for questions by the attendees. The accepted contributions are shared as pre-recorded videos ahead of the live event. As usual, there will be plenty of breaks for participants to meet and mingle.
Information+ is committed to enabling a diverse, inclusive and respectful environment where all participants can learn, network, and enjoy planned activities. We are dedicated to a harassment-free experience for everyone. For this purpose, all participants are required to agree with our code of conduct.
The schedule below is for the live events during the conference. You can watch the pre-recorded talks and welcome message at your own time.
Atlanta (America/New York)
Shannon Mattern, The New School
Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Learner
This conversation brings together Kameelah Janan Rasheed, a learner who explores the poetics and politics of the unfinished and uncategorized through her sprawling installations, public art, publications, poems, other forms yet to be determined; and Shannon Mattern, a Professor of Anthropology at The New School, who has written books, taught classes, and worked with community groups on projects about maps, libraries, archives, media architectures and infrastructures, and urban data. We’ll address such themes as: how the designed world materializes humans’ and other species’ means of (mis)organizing information, miscommunication, and the productivity of error, ambiguity, and opacity.
Margaret Pearce, Studio 1:1
Marty Schnure, The Wilderness Society and Maps for Good
What are the impacts we seek when we map, and how do we shape our work to make those impacts possible? What are the barriers? What is the role of collaboration, and what does good collaboration look like? These questions are our focus. We are two women cartographers in the United States. Margaret Pearce is an independent cartographer and owner of Studio 1:1. Marty Schnure leads cartography and spatial analysis at The Wilderness Society and co-founded Maps for Good. Though we belong to different generations, and work in different spheres, we both approach cartography with a strong sense of purpose and commitment. In this conversation we discuss the intentions that guide our work and explore the meaning of responsibility as it manifests in the process, form, and technique of representing spatial data.
In keeping with the conversation-based conference format, there will be an opportunity each day (10-11am EST) for attendees to engage in impromptu activities together, some of which will be moderated. These will occur in a variety of breakout rooms in Zoom. In order to stimulate lively and even unconventional conference interactions, these breakout rooms will have their own themes. Some of these, we have developed ourselves. Alternative breakout rooms can be proposed up to a day beforehand by attendees, as long as they are willing to moderate if necessary.
Let us know if you would like to facilitate your own conversation room. Email us a short description of the room and an evocative title split by a colon. We will update the information on these rooms as new ones are proposed and opened by participants.
The workshops at Information+ offer a hands-on, conversational, and empowering opportunity to acquire new skills, interact with other participants, and engage in vibrant discussions. Sign-up was part of registration. All seats are now taken.
Sylvia Janicki and Shubhangi Gupta, Georgia Institute of Technology
What are the spatial, temporal and cultural boundaries that shape our experiences of cities? Who experiences these boundaries and when? How do boundaries in the city segregate publics and work to exclude differences in publics? In this workshop, we invite participants to create, analyze and visualize data about the urban environment to understand and question boundaries that demarcate cities materially, conceptually, and or experientially.
The workshop will consist of two data walks where participants collect data about their experiences. These data walks are followed by small group discussions in which participants analyze the data and place it in social, political, and historical contexts. Participants will further reflect upon who created the data, how the data was created, and the place and time the data was created in. Drawing upon the walks and subsequent discussions, the participants will represent their experience through the design of feminist data visualizations. More broadly, participants critically engage with the presence and functionings of boundaries in the city with an eye toward questions of equity and social justice.
The workshop is open to students, scholars, practitioners, activists or anyone interested in data and cities. No prior experience in design or data visualization is needed.
Maximum number of participants: 12
Michele Mauri and Tommaso Elli, Politecnico di Milano
In this workshop, participants will learn how to use RAWGraphs to produce semi-finished visualizations and to refine them to suit their specific needs through guided hands-on exercises.
The workshop is structured around two moments, for a total of circa 3 hours. Firstly we introduce and work with the application and secondly we demonstrate the fine-tuning and publishing of visualizations using other tools. After a brief introduction, instructors will guide participants through a series of hands-on exercises centered around importing data, creating visualizations, and adapting them for printed and interactive outputs. Some open datasets will be available for use, but participants are free to bring their own data!
We welcome participants who are passionate about graphic design and open source. Coding knowledge is not mandatory, especially if you want to focus on printed visualizations, but if you have some you will be able to experiment with interactivity.
Maximum number of participants: 15
All participants are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, breakout rooms, and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the organizing team immediately. Organizers can be identified as they are co-hosts on the Zoom call. You can also send an email to the organizers.
The conference organizers will be happy to help participants and assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.
We expect participants to follow these rules throughout the entire conference, all workshop activities, and conference-related social events.
Information+ 2021 is made possible through the help and support of many people and partnering organizations.
Yanni Loukissas, Georgia Tech
Marian Dörk, FH Potsdam
Isabel Meirelles, OCAD University
Catherine D'Ignazio, MIT
Lauren Klein, Emory University
Michele Mauri, Politecnico di Milano
Nassim Parvin, Georgia Tech
Romi Ron Morrison, University of Southern California
Beatrice Gobbo, Tommaso Elli and Andrea Benedetti, Politecnico di Milano
Angela Iarocci, Sheridan College
Angela Norwood, York University
Angus Forbes, University of California, Santa Cruz
Anne Luther, MARKK
Arvind Satyanarayan, MIT
Carl DiSalvo, Georgia Tech
Carla Spinillo, Universidade Federal do Paraná
Catherine D'Ignazio, MIT
Chad Skelton, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Charles Perin, University of Victoria
Christopher Collins, UOIT
Clio Andris, Georgia Tech
Danielle Szafir, University of Colorado Boulder
Dietmar Offenhuber, Northeastern University
Dominikus Baur, do.minik.us
Doris Kosminsky, Universidade Federal do RJ
Eric Kindel, The University of Reading
Heather Corcoran, Washington University in St. Louis
Ilia Blinderman, Pudding.cool
Jagoda Walny, Canada Energy Regulator
Jan Willem Tulp, TULP interactive
Jason Dykes, City, University of London
Jeremy Boy, UNDP
Jessica Bellamy, Root Cause Research Center
Jessica Roberts, Georgia Tech
John Stasko, Georgia Tech
Jorge Frascara, University of Alberta
Karel Van-Der-Waarde, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
Katherine Gillieson, Emily Carr University
Katherine Hepworth, University of Nevada
Kennedy Elliott, National Geographic
Laura Perovich, MIT
Lauren Klein, Emory University
Lisa Charlotte Muth, Datawrapper
Lynn Cherny, Ghostweather R&D
Maarten Lambrechts, Freelance
María de los Ángeles Briones, Politecnico di Milano
Maria-Gonzalez deCossio, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana
Matthew Brehmer, Tableau
Meghan Kelly, University of Wisconsin
Michele Mauri, Politecnico di Milano
Miriah Meyer, Linköping University
Mitchell Whitelaw, Australian National University
Moritz Stefaner, Truth & Beauty
Mushon Zer-Aviv, Shenkar School of Engineering and Design
Nicole Catherine Coleman, Stanford University
Olivia Vane, British Library
Paolo Ciuccarelli, Northeastern University
Pedro Cruz, Northeastern University
Rahul Bhargava, Northeastern University
Rico Chapman, Clark Atlanta University
Robert Kosara, Tableau
Rodrigo Medeiros, Inst. Fed. de Educação Ciência e Tecnologia, Paraíba
Romina Colman, La Nacion
Romi-Ron Morrison, USC
Rupesh Mansi Vyas, Aalto University
Sarah Goodwin, Monash University
Siqi Zhu, Sidewalk Labs
Skye Moret, Pacific Northwest College of Art
Stacie Rohrbach, Carnegie Mellon, School of Design
Stephen Boyd Davis, RCA
Tamara Munzner, UBC
Till Nagel, Mannheim University of Applied Sciences
Tim Stallmann, RAD Cat
Uta Hinrichs, University of Edinburgh
Valentina D'Efilippo, The Economist
Veronika Egger, IIID – International Institute for Information Design
Vincent Brown, Harvard University
Yuri Engelhardt, University of Amsterdam
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