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Bebe Barrow <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:23:32 -0700
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I am pleased to announce the latest title in Morgan & Claypool's series on


Diversity in Visualization
Ron Metoyer, University of Notre Dame

Kelly Gaither, University of Texas at Austin

Paperback ISBN: 9781681734934

eBook ISBN: 9781681734941

Hardcover ISBN: 9781681734958

March 2019, 127 pages



At the 2016 IEEE VIS Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, a panel of experts
from the Scientific Visualization (SciVis) community gathered to discuss why
the SciVis component of the conference had been shrinking significantly for
over a decade. As the panelists concluded and opened the session to
questions from the audience, Annie Preston, a Ph.D. student at the
University of California, Davis, asked whether the panelists thought
diversity or, more specifically, the lack of diversity was a factor.

This comment ignited a lively discussion of diversity: not only its impact
on Scientific Visualization, but also its role in the visualization
community at large. The goal of this book is to expand and organize the
conversation. In particular, this book seeks to frame the diversity and
inclusion topic within the Visualization community, illuminate the issues,
and serve as a starting point to address how to make this community more
diverse and inclusive. This book acknowledges that diversity is a broad
topic with many possible meanings. Expanded definitions of diversity that
are relevant to the Visualization community and to computing at large are
considered. The broader conversation of inclusion and diversity is framed
within the broader sociological context in which it must be considered.
Solutions to recruit and retain a diverse research community and strategies
for supporting inclusion efforts are presented. Additionally, community
members present short stories detailing their "non-inclusive" experiences in
an effort to facilitate a community-wide conversation surrounding very
difficult situations.

It is important to note that this is by no means intended to be a
comprehensive, authoritative statement on the topic. Rather, this book is
intended to open the conversation and begin to build a framework for
diversity and inclusion in this specific research community. While intended
for the Visualization community, ideally, this book will provide guidance
for any computing community struggling with similar issues and looking for

Table of Contents: Editor's Note / Preface / Acknowledgments / Framing the
Conversation / Diversity: A Sociological Perspective / Factors Hindering
Diversity / Case Studies / Community On-Ramps / Retention / Building
Inclusive Communities / Marshalling the Many Facets of Diversity / Future of
Diversity in Vis / Bibliography / Authors' Biographies



Series: Synthesis Lectures on Visualization

Series Editors: David Ebert, Purdue University

Niklas Elmqvist, University of Maryland



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