With a greatly expanded dataset—including laws from 20 countries, nearly twice as many countries as the original dataset that covered six countries and Iran—SMEX participated in the inaugural Data4Chan.ge workshop hosted by Small Media in London, last month.
The two-day workshop covered principles of data visualization and then gave teams comprising civil society organizations with datasets, designers, and coders a chance to play with their data and how to make it relevant to change processes.
This was the first time SMEX was able to see the ADRD in action. Our design and coding sprint culminated in the following presentation for a prototype (above). Clicking through the presentation will give you an idea of the kinds of questions we wanted to ask of the data, including:
- Whether laws were passed more quickly in the wake of the Arab spring;
- Ideas for how to cross-reference the legislation with other types of data, such as individual cases of detention and prosecution for alleged online speech crimes; and
- An already well-established sense that since this is largely a user-generated dataset, that more work would need to be done on the methodology to make it a reliable source for research, reporting, and legal proceedings.