Technical mentor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dotplot is a visualization that allows one to tell a story about data. Our primary use case is mapping a diverse network of people in a playful and interactive way. All too often, the only way to get a sense for the attendees of an event or the members of a distributed network is to do a significant amount of searching for resumes and background information. This research takes excessive time and effort, and it makes what should be an exciting and fun--meeting new people and finding potential collaborators--into a chore, something to be avoided or put off.
This is where dotplot intervenes, bringing a sense of joy and discovery back into the process and helping to facilitate even more discoveries of commonalities and uniqueness among group members. This tool takes a spreadsheet of information about individuals gathered through survey questions and generates a dynamic visualization of the responses.
GitHub repo: https://github.com/berkmancenter/dotplot
Ideal candidate criteria
Suggested sub-projects include:
- Design and build a system for collecting structured data from users
- Connect the collected data to the existing JS visualization
- Expand and improve upon the existing JS visualization
- Bring creative and thoughtful ideas about potential enhancements
- Ingest data from Google Sheets
Other potential sub-projects include:
- Easy to use, interactive interface for data input and manipulation
- Offer users choices for how the data is visualized by survey and by question:
- Display locations on a map
- Track a specific respondent through multiple questions (in progress)
- See the relationship between multiple questions using color, space, etc.
- Zoom in and out on specific clusters
- Hover to reveal more information about respondents or clusters (in progress)