Kids Visualizing Data

Through our discussions, we also recognize that the data itself – outside the gloom and doom – also has potential for joy. We culled the NYC Park Complaint database for entries that were outliers; either worded in amusing ways, farcically lacking in empathy, or in some other way “funny.”  We then offered these captions to children to illustrate.  This gallery – although not featured in the video – showcases their data visualizations.  For me, allowing children to present the data is akin to inviting them to use the props in the video; it’s a process of responsive collaboration.  Working with children, new possibilities of ‘playing with data’ emerge – introducing their viewpoints that were lacking in the original datasources.