[This is a guest post by Elisa Zamarian*, about the visualization project “Cradle of Change”]
The purpose of our research is to discover what kind of information would find someone interested in knowing something more about the morning-after pill.
The International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994 deemed family planning as one of the essential means to meet the Millennium Development Goals: Reduce widespread poverty, hunger, disease and gender inequality by 2015. As the end of the ICPD Programme of Action approaches, it might be interesting to analyse how the reached level of funds actually influenced the Countries in which these funds were invested.
In the topside of the poster, the system map is represented with the metaphor of Newton’s Cradle: The funds, coming from different institutions, are sent to developing and least developed countries to be invested in different activities, which have an effect on society, population and economics. These effects spring back directly through all the stakeholders, reaching again the international level that decides future actions.
To understand the quality of these investments, the second part of the infographic shows a comparison between average trends of the world and of LDC, trying to find a possible relation between quantity of funds, population growth and economic evolution. The last part then concentrates on the conditions of women, the improvement of which is at the basis of a global change: the areas taken into consideration are India, first country to apply FP programmes, and Sub-Saharan Africa, region coping with the greatest difficulties in the world.
Data sources: UNFPA (Financial resources flows and reports); UN Publications; World Data Bank.
Before starting the second part of our project, we analyzed the topic with Google Trends. It’s evident that the controversy is increasing, especially because there is a discussion about the funcioning of the morning-after pill: is it abortive or not? Does it interfere with the implantation of a fertilized egg? Often, from an ethical point of view, the pill is considered abortive and then conscentious objectors refuse to prescribe it, even if the the law doesn’t refers to medicines but only to the practice of surgery for abortion.
After the generation of 5 queries, we made the network of the links come out. With Gephi we created a scheme to visualize those connections. Query like “levonorgestrel or norlevo” will conduct to scientific links in an easier way, while “aborto del giorno dopo” aims to find religious blogs or moral controversies.
Then we made a report, that synthesize all the information we have taken during the research.
Lastly we made a video that shows the main actors in the system of the contraceptives and their different points of view.
The question behind the research aimed to discover what kind of information would find someone interested in knowing something more about the morning-after pill: there are medical websites, blogs, scientific reports or moral and ethical discussions. After the analysis of each category of website we managed to get a complex but complete answer, to understand the doubts and the certainties a person can solve or create while making a research through google. We also managed to use different tools to expand the ray of knowledge and understanding of the matter.
Project by Viviana Ferro, Ilaria Pagin, Sara Pandini, Federica Sciuto, Elisa Zamarian.
Density Design – Course of Final Synthesis, Politecnico di Milano | A.Y. 2012-2013 _ M.Sc. Communication Design. Teaching: Paolo Ciuccarelli, Stefano Mandato, Donato Ricci, Tommaso Venturini, Salvatore Zingale.