The next step is for these magazines to implement what we preach regarding data presentation: use effective visualizations. In particular, the online versions can include interactive dashboards! If the New York Times and Washington Post can have interactive dashboards on their websites, so can magazines of statistics and operations research societies.
For example, the OR/MS Today magazine reports the results of an annual "statistical software survey" in the form of multi-page tables in the hardcopy and PDF versions of the magazine. These tables are not user friendly in the sense that it is difficult to explore and compare the products and tools. Surprisingly, the online implementation is even worse: a bunch of HTML pages, each with one static table.
|Presenting the survey results in multi-page tables is not the most user-friendly (from Feb 2013 issue of OR/MS Today magazine)|
|Interactive dashboard. Click on the image to go to the dashboard|
Great suggestion, Galit! I concur wholeheartedly. INFORMS and ASA can (and should) do better than this.
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