SCWS Session: Visualizing STEAM Data in Support of Smart Decision Making


November 15-17, 2017 (Exact Date TBD)

Meeting Place

Science Centre World Summit 2017, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
Tokyo, Japan

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Session Moderator

Katy Börner (Indiana University, USA)


Visualizations are a powerful means for bridging cultural, language, or expertise gaps. They help engage a wide range of stakeholders in the discussion of diverse ideas and perspectives to arrive at smart solutions to global challenges.

Session Presenters

Katy Börner, Victor H. Yngve Distinguished Professor of Information Science

Indiana University



Stephen Uzzo, Chief Scientist

New York Hall of Science



Yuko Harayama, Executive Member

Council for Science, Technology and Innovation



Lim Tit Meng, CEO

Science Centre Singapore



Hans Gubbels, Founder/CEO

Columbus Earth Center, Cube Design Museum, Continium Discovery Center

The Netherlands



In the information age, being able to “read and write” data visualizations is becoming as important as being able to read and write text. Data and visualization literacy is important for understanding STEAM developments and to strategically approach global issues.

This session features presentations by researchers and practitioners that develop approaches, tools, and experiences which aim to improve the data visualization literacy of their users. Visualizations of water, global warming, biodiversity, energy, and infectious diseases, health, and urban growth data will be featured as well as visualizations of STEAM data that open people’s minds and hearts to the complexity, beauty, and value of scholarly activity, innovation, and art. We will demonstrate how data visualization and related physical and electronic gaming approaches can be used to open rich dialogues around crucial issues and serve as a powerful means of making information accessible, salient, and memorable.

Discussions will focus on how to best use the power of big data and the continuously evolving set of data mining and visualization tools to collaboratively map the state of our world and to empower the personal and professional decision making by diverse stakeholders, including the public, to achieve sustainability.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: