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Posts Tagged ‘Impact’

Don’t Play Numbers Games

Among my top-five most-hated science communications tactics: let’s write a letter to X journal and get Y number of people to sign it. That’ll get their attention and change things!

Sadly: while Y might get their attention (briefly), it’s never nearly enough to change things.…

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Accuracy Isn’t Everything

There’s no “right” way to communicate research (although there are plenty of ineffective ways). There are only tradeoffs between accuracy on the one hand and precision, relevance and impact on the other.

Pretending those tradeoffs don’t exist — or not being crystal clear about which is more important for the goals you want to achieve — is an excellent way to make your expertise invisible, or visible for the wrong reasons.…

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Face Your Funnels

“You think you’re reading an essay. You’re not. You’re moving through a funnel. This shouldn’t surprise you. You’ve been moving through funnels all day.”

That’s how the data visualizer Elijah Meeks opens his Medium essay “We Live in a World of Funnels.” If you’re online, Meeks says, you’re in a funnel.…

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You Are a Chart

What’s the most important thing about how you communicate your research and expertise?

If it’s too early in the morning for such a big question, look at what the Apple data visualization engineer Elijah Meeks — executive director of the Data Visualization Society — says should be the most important thing about a chart, one of the fundamental units of research communication:

The most important thing about a chart is not its aesthetics, the technology used to create it, the kind of data visualization layout or even the data it represents.

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Can a Paper Change Everything?

How do you know when your research has changed things? And when do you say: “I’ve made enough change — I’ve hit my goal”?

When you’ve changed your field? Or is your ambition a bit larger?

It’s rare, says Tim Harford, to read an economics paper that makes one think: “this changes everything.” But he writes in the Financial Times that he read one over a decade ago: the late environmental economist Martin Weitzman’s review of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change.…

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