Debate overview, all stakeholders and connections shown

Gene Diagnostics and Insurance

web application for visualisation of parliamentary debates

This is a web-based information visualisation for parliamentary debates using the example of the insurance-related part of german gene diagnostics law, which regulates handling of data collected via genetic testing.

German gene diagnostics law doesn't cover all arguments of a preceding, very complex expert discourse. A follow-up parliamentary debate discussed issues which were not covered by this law. Our debate visualisation highlights these issues. It also points to subsequent issues arising from the law and shows solutions for these problems.

Beside the debate's actual arguments involved stakeholders are important. Who is involved in which way? Who is showing problems, who is offering solutions? Which stakeholders show overlapping interests?

The web-application depicts contextual relationships of the arguments of the debate. Starting from the actual law on the left side the arguments are shown as a structure of issues/problems (red, jagged lines) and their solutions (straight black lines).

Connections, red problems, black solutions

Stakeholders are coded by colour. The height of the coloured blocks shows how often a respective argument was mentioned during the debate. A filter function allows a comparison of stakeholders.

Two stakeholders selected

A mouse-over shows a quick summary of the argument, connection to the law as well as connections to succeeding issues or solutions.

Solution rollover showing quick preview

Clicking on an argument opens a popup containing detailed information about the argument and about involved stakeholders. Here, visitors of the website also have the option of discussing the respective argument in an associated forum.

Popup showing detailed information on click Discussion forum sliding in from the right

I worked this project for Politikatlas together with Sonja Kislinger under Prof. Boris Müller and Max Steinbeis at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (Interface Design degree programme).