Fact-based decisions, powered by analytics, enable organizations to define their strategy more accurately and be successful. In order to comprehensively exploit data and analytics, three mutually supportive capabilities are needed. First, organizations must be able to identify, combine, and manage multiple sources of data. Second, they need the capability to build advanced-analytics models for predicting and optimizing outcomes. Third and most critical, management must be supported with visual formats that make it easy to understand the organizational data or information in order to transform the organization through better decisions.
Policy makers are confronted with new information technologies to assist in policy and regulation formulation. However, increasing complexity of data produced by these technologies necessitates a means of visualizing the data to make it favourable for use. The VizAfrica 2018 Visualization Symposium will explore novel approaches in data visualization for policy makers and provide them with a platform to interact and come up with solutions to emerging challenges
Visualization can provide a means of making predictions and therefore help in formulation of strategies for an organization. The VizAfrica 2018 Visualization Symposium will provide a means for industry experts to interact and share their expertise as well as pass across their technological knowledge. This will be a great opportunity to learn how to visualize data and use it in making strategic decisions
Who should Attend?
Policy making is a complex activity that involves striking a balance between legal requirements, intended outcomes, the limits of scientific knowledge at any given time, and the public response to the policy. Of key concern is how to base policy on existing knowledge base and past data, how to trust sufficiency of data, its complexity and representation,and the extent to which the impact of a policy can be predicted before it is implemented. In policy and regulation formulation, policy makers and analysts need to intelligently filter information according to relevance, relationship and provenance.
The aim of this session is to attract calls from academics, policy makers, journalists, and practitioners that leverage the use of data and visualization techniques in policy making and the topics in this session may include the following areas:
– Policy Data visualization
– Integrity and privacy issues in information gathering for policy analysis
– Search technologies for information retrieval and filtering and sense making of data
– Trust and reliability concerns of public data or public information systems within the context of policy making
– Legal and regulatory aspects of exploiting public data and public information systems for policy making
– Multi-modality of information sources, methods for information aggregation and information fusion for policy making
– Values and motivations underlying the use or non-use of public data and public information -systems for policy making
– Decision support technologies for policy analysis enabled by interaction with public information systems
– Citizen science
– Crowdsourcing governance
– Innovative techniques for data visualization, simulation and sense-making within the context of Big Open Linked Data (BOLD)
– Impact of the General Data Protection Regulation and Directive by the European Union
Government transparency, open data, e-government and re-use of public sector information
– Use of AI and Data Analysis in prevention of inequalities and injustices in society
– Privacy enhancing technologies
– Impact of quantum computing in policy formulation
– Strategic leadership and strategy implementation (e.g., how strategic leaders manage their interfaces with micro factors such as middle managers, supervisors, and employees, to generate and implement strategic decisions
When preparing a paper of VizAfrica 2018, authors are encouraged to use the LaTeX or Word template, which is downloadable from the symposium homepage. The standard paper length is 2 pages, 1 page at a minimum and 4 pages at a maximum, with an A4-sized PDF file, when using the template. The LaTeX template for submission is available on this link, and the Word Template is available here