2 Responses to Colloquium Forum Sets Stage for Positive Outcomes

  1. John Unruh says:

    Hi. I’m an occasional freelancer and a part-time technical writer out of AECOM’s Cobourg office. I just wanted to say I’ve read a couple of your most recent blog entries (the other by Lauren, whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with) and enjoyed them very much. Both were pleasantly inspiring. I’m intrigued with the idea of a colloquium and also with the provided graphic highlighting concepts raised. I’d be curious to know if there is a correlation between frequency of responses for each concept-word and its font size. This has potential to be a nicely intuitive graphical representation for those (like me) who may be less comfortable interpreting or creating traditional data summary tools. If I may, I’d like to borrow the idea to summarize input from an upcoming public information centre I will be attending. Perhaps one day I’ll also have an opportunity to attend a professionally led colloquium to see the method in action. Well done.

  2. Thanks John for your comment and glad you are enjoying our posts. Yes, there is a direct relationship between the font’s point size and the frequency the word appeared in colloquium discussions. We summarized the original colloquium discussion comments, deleted extraneous words and those that would be illogical out-of-context and then used the remaining copy as a base to generate the graphic through an online tool called “Wordle” (www.wordle.net). Using this tool to summarize input from an upcoming PIC sounds like an effective application for visually depicting public sentiments. Hope it works well for you.

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