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211 - Government Statistics Section A.M. Roundtable Discussion (Added Fee)
Type: Roundtables
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 : 7:00 AM to 8:15 AM
Sponsor: Government Statistics Section
Abstract #323602
Title: Combining Visualization Best Practices with Agency Standards for Statistical Graphics in Government Reports
Author(s): Haley Jeppson* and Brian Habing and Heike Hofmann
Companies: National Institute of Statistical Sciences and National Institute of Statistical Sciences and Iowa State University
Keywords: statistical graphics; data visualization; accessibility standards; 508 compliance; style guides

Government reports face the challenge of requiring engaging and useful visualizations for diverse audiences that adhere to the agency standards. This process typically includes navigating agency style guides and recommendations, the latest statistical and visualization best practices, accessibility standards, and legal requirements. This roundtable will discuss the challenges arising from simultaneously meeting these requirements. In particular, it will center on the issues in drafting a one-size-fits-all set of recommendations for style guides for statistical graphics. Topics of particular interest will be guided by the participants and may include: (1) Guidance on selecting aspect ratios to ensure important patterns and trends in statistics are clearly described and easy to see; (2) Including uncertainty; (3) Developing a flexible yet concise set of color scales suitable for various data types; and (4) Navigating 508 compliance and accessibility.

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