There are a number of examples throughout history where visualisations have been used to explore or explain problems. Notable examples include Florence Nightingale's 'Mortality of the British Army' and John Snow's Cholera Map of London. Recently the increased availability of data and software for analyzing and generating various views on this data has made it easier to generate data visualisations. In this presentation Martin Hawksey, advisor at the Jisc Centre for Educational, Technology and Interoperability Standards (Cetis), will demonstrate simple techniques for generating data visualisations: using tools (including MS Excel and Google Spreadsheets), drawing packages (including Illustrator and Inkscape) and software libraries (including d3.js and timeline.js). As part of this participants will be introduced to basic visual theories and the concepts of exploratory and explanatory analytics. The presentation will also highlight some of the skills required for discovering and reshaping data sources.
The presentation was live-blogged by Nicola Osborne (EDINA) http://nicolaosborne.blogs.edina.ac.uk/2013/06/19/data-visualisation-talk-by-martin-hawksey/
The slides contain links to source (when you get to the data/vis matrix some of the thumbnails are live links), here’s also the bundle of top level links http://bitly.com/bundles/mhawksey/l
[Note: Only images/text after slide 13 Making Data Visualisation (unless attributed to other authors is CC-BY Martin Hawksey]