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Presented as a free seminar on 4/19/12 by Laura Quinn of Idealware. ...

Presented as a free seminar on 4/19/12 by Laura Quinn of Idealware.

You've got data. How do you transform it into charts, graphs, and maps that will help your audience understand the data and move them to take action? In this online seminars, we'll talk about the types of chart and map formats that might be useful to you, and then take a look at a number of the software packages that can help you create data graphics for both web and print publications.

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  • 1. Creating Great Charts, Maps, and Diagrams April 2012 Call into the audio line at (712) 432-1001, access code 469085792#Google Voice does not seem to work with this number, but Skype does.
  • 2. LogisticsAsk questions! Otherwise I’m speaking to a black hole! Make the slideshow or demo bigger Enter questions into the Chat with Presenter box Call into the audio line at (712) 432-1001, access code 469085792#Google Voice does not seem to work with this number, but Skype does.
  • 3. LogisticsAfter the session, I’ll send out: • The slides • A link to the recording • Any links we’ve discussed Call into the audio line at (712) 432-1001, access code 469085792#Google Voice does not seem to work with this number, but Skype does.
  • 4. Introductions Laura Quinn Executive Director, Idealware Kyle Andrei
  • 5. Introductions: www.idealware.org
  • 6. Resources and Services From Idealware Online seminarsThe Field Guide to and coursesSoftware for Commissioned articlesNonprofits and reports Close to 300 existing freeConsulting to In-person training articles and reportsnetworks Idealware is a 501(c)3 nonprofit!
  • 7. What We’ll Cover • Six principles of data graphics • What kind of information do you have? • Numeric • Location • Conceptual • Bringing it all together Call into the audio line at (712) 432-1001, access code 469085792#Google Voice does not seem to work with this number, but Skype does.
  • 8. Six Principles of GoodInformation Graphics
  • 9. 1. Define Your PointPretty muchevery chart hasa point of view
  • 10. 2. Accurately Represent Your Data In particular, treat your axes with respect40 45 4039 3538 30 2537 2036 15 1035 534 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
  • 11. 3. Tailor it to Your Audience From Princeton Election Consortium
  • 12. 4. The Simpler the BetterBoth graphscontain thesame info.But thesecond is fareasier to read.
  • 13. 5. Ensure it Speaks for Itself
  • 14. 6. Remove Everything You Can % US Adults Who Report Their Health as "Fair" or "Poor 25 20 Income Below Poverty Line 15 Income 100- 200% of Poverty Line 10 Income More than 200% Above Poverty Line 5 0 % US Adults Who Report Their Health as "Fair" or "Poor" 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 25 Income Below 20 Povert y Line 15 Income 1 00- 200% of 10 Povert y Line Income More 5 t han 20 0 % Above Povert y 0 Line 02 2 00 04 06 4 6 8 9 9 9 9 20 19 20 20 20 19 19 19
  • 15. What Kind of Information Do You Have? Numerical
  • 16. Quantitative Data Bar Charts Line Charts Plotted Chart Pie Chart
  • 17. Bar Charts: An Example From Children Now’s “2009 California Report Card,” showing the relationship between race and preschool enrollment
  • 18. Bubble Charts: An Example The Sunlight Foundation’s interactive Many Eyes chart showing the relationship between political party funding and the party in power
  • 19. Tools for Charting
  • 20. Microsoft Excel Part of the Microsoft Office Suite. $18 per license for nonprofits on TechSoup. Installed on Windows or Mac. % US Adults Who Report Their Health as "Fair" or "Poor" 25 Income Below 20 Povert y Line 15 Income 1 00- 200% of 10 Povert y Line Income More 5 t han 20 0 % Above Povert y 0 Line 02 2 00 04 06 4 6 8 9 9 9 9 20 19 20 20 20 19 19 19
  • 21. DeltaGraph $129 per license Installed, Mac or Windows
  • 22. Google Docs Spreadsheet Free Online at docs.google.com
  • 23. Many Eyes Free Online at manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com Also consider: Google Docs Swivel Business
  • 24. What Kind of Information Do You Have? Location Data
  • 25. Pins on a Map Consider Google Maps or Google Earth Yadkin Riverkeeper’s Google map showing what they consider to be “pollution sites” created by Alcoa, a large corporate producer of aluminum.
  • 26. Thematic MappingDefault map format – copyright Microsoft Consider Microsoft MapPoint or Golden MapViewer
  • 27. What Kind of Information Do You Have? Conceptual
  • 28. Flow Chart/Decision Tree
  • 29. Hierarchical Chart
  • 30. Process Step 1 Step 2 Step 3
  • 31. Relationships
  • 32. Mind Map A Graphic Guide to Facebook Portraits BY DOOGIE HORNER http://www.fastcompany.com/1692957/facebook-profile-picture-flowchart
  • 33. Tools for Conceptual Visualizations
  • 34. Visio
  • 35. Omnigraph
  • 36. Gliffy
  • 37. PowerPoint
  • 38. FreeMind Also consider Mindmeister or PersonalBrain
  • 39. Bringing them Together
  • 40. InfographicsPrinceton Universitywww.princeton.edu/~ina/infographics
  • 41. More InfographicsBy M+R Strategies, From NTEN Change Journal http://www.nten.org/ntenchange
  • 42. Dashboardshttp://dashboard.imamuseum.org/
  • 43. Other Resources• Visual.ly• Periodic Table of Visualization Methods• Infosthetics.com
  • 44. Questions?
  • 45. Upcoming Idealware Seminars 7/19: Choosing a Low Cost Donor Management System 7/21: Getting Started with Mobile Outreach 7/28: Telling Your Story with Blogs, Photos and Videos 8/11: Measuring Your Social Media Strategy More at www.idealware.org/online-training
  • 46. Have More Questions?Ask Idealware…On Twitter: @idealwareOn Facebook: /idealware