Visualizing Gender Balance in Conferences

DTU PhD researcher Sytze Van Herck published an article entitled “Visualizing Gender Balance in Conferences“. The paper appeared in the fifth number of the journal Umanistica Digitale, containing a selection of papers given at the AIUCD2017 Conference (12-18 January 2017, Sapienza University, Rome).


“Data visualization is a powerful tool for digital scholarship yet not without its pitfalls. Based on the dissertation “Visualizing Gender Balance” comparing ten computer science conferences, several visualization techniques and tools undergo a critical review. The dataset underlying the visualizations contains data researchers encounter daily: bibliographic information. Analyzing larger sets of authors writing and publishing for conferences in computer science changes our perception of the gender (im)balance in this academic research area. But only a careful curation and visualization can truly reveal what goes on behind the scenes. Still the more complicated, detailed and nuanced the visualization, the harder it becomes for an untrained eye to interpret the patterns.

Link to the paper:

Treemap of the gender balance for each paper in ten CS conferences from 2000 to 2016.


100% stacked bar chart of the gender balance in ten CS conferences from 2000 to 2016.


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