Alkarama brought a unique dataset to the London 2014 workshop. Their researchers had recently conducted a study to assess the level of Post-traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSDs) amongst the civilian population living in Yemeni villages where American drones are currently or have been operational. Visualising their results proved particularly challenging.
For this purpose, their field researchers surveyed 100 adults from different age groups, amongst whom 50 were women and 50 were men, along with 27 children, amongst whom 13 were girls and 14 were boys, who were selected randomly in two villages.
Alkarama's representatives came equipped with a clean, machine-readable dataset for their team to work on. The dataset was small, but relatively representative of life in a Yemeni village living in the constant shadow of drones. An improved version of the dataset might have included images, narrative testimonies, or a comparative aspect between different geographic locations in Yemen.
The representatives from Alkarama were very interested in visualizing their dataset in more traditional ways using graphs and charts, but the most compelling component of their story was the human aspect. Their team struggled to find a balance between the numbers and the narrative. With only 100 rows of data, it was difficult to get robust insights to visualize in chart format. Using photographs, satellite imagery, and case study narratives drawn from life in the village would have been more impactful.