Behind the Scenes at MIT

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This image, submitted by J.C. Howard, is a visual representation of one part of the behind the scenes work which must occur in any MIT scientific endeavor.

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J.C. Howard
Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
Data visualization

"Nearly anything one purchases for labs and centers—equipment or consumables—needs to begin with a requisition. This is a collage image that merely LISTS most of the external requisitions I have made over a couple of years, with any sensitive information redacted. Essentially, it is a visual representation of one part of the behind the scenes work which must occur in any MIT scientific endeavor. It is a very precise peek into some of the administrative, behind the scenes work done daily to get researchers connected to the equipment and supplies they need.  I think it is fun that from a distance it looks like scientific data, although it is only financial and administrative in nature, it’s subject matter is scientific equipment and supplies.

I love info-graphics and unique visual representations of abstract concepts. I’d like to think [this image] shines  a spotlight on MIT’s goal to value everyone in the community, from the people who empty the garbage to the Nobel Laureates, and also gives a tip of the hat to the goals of the WGSSI (Working Group For Support Staff Issues)."