The VISTAC – Science and Technology Visuals in Action project is a multinational project investigating the data visualization practices of science and technology (S&T) professionals from different parts of the world—much like Bruno Latour did in Science in action. Through observations, questionnaires and follow-up interviews, the project seeks to answer the following questions
What is universal and what is culture-specific inS&T data visuals being produced and used in different parts of the world, both directly and via technological devices?
How do the differences and commonalities in the data visuals relate to universal and cultural factors?
VISTAC – Science and Technology Visuals in Action Engineering Pilot Study
— IRB Approval Number 2015-05-003
The VISTAC – Science and Technology Visuals in Action Engineering Pilot Study aims to understand how engineering professionals use, produce and speak about/reflect onS&T visuals, in their workplaces. Through preliminary surveys, onsite ethnographic and video-ethnographic observations, and reflective interviews, the study seeks to answer the following research questions:
When, where and how do engineers from different parts of the world use, produce and speak about/reflect on S&T visuals in their workplaces?
What are the similarities and differences in the way engineers use, produce and speak about/reflect on S&T visuals in their workplaces?
What are the similarities and differences in the visuals engineers produce?
What is the reasoning behind engineers’ visual practices and visual representations?
How do rhetorical, company, professional, sociocultural, technological, political, geographic and human factors, among others, shape and are shaped by the visuals engineers produce?
We thank the many people that assisted us in recruiting participants for our study.
We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations for allowing us to conduct our studies on their premises and worksites:
|A freelance engineer based in Corfu, Greece.|
|Rosário Durão||New Mexico Tech, USA|
|Yvonne Eriksson||Mälardalen University, Sweden|
|Stavros Asimakopoulos||University of Athens, Greece|
|Tatiana Batova||Arizona State University, USA|
|Lynn Burley||University of Central Arkansas, USA|
|Nabil El Hilali||ESCA Business School of Management, Morocco|
|Wen-Ling Hong||National Kaohsiung Marine University, Taiwan, ROC|
|Kyung-Hye Kym||Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China|
|Ricardo López–León||Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, Mexico|
|Kyle Mattson||University of Central Arkansas, USA|
|Maya Ninova||Freelance qualitative researcher, Spain|
|Anastasia Parianou||Ionian University, Greece|
|Jr-Ping Wang||National Kaohsiung Marine University, Taiwan, ROC|
|Karen Balch||New Mexico Tech, USA|
|Yvan Yenda Ilunga||Rutgers University, USA|
|Valmy Twite Ilunga||Africa University, Zimbabwe|