Data and information visualization tools 2012


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A summary of some examples and principles for visualising data and information, for info-graphics and other presentations. The context is International Development

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  • FarmingFirst - visual representation of the statistics that underlie the urgent need to invest in rural women. It consists of 17 individually-designed graphics, each of which tells a part of this important story. Each graphic can be Tweeted and/or embedded for use in presentations or blog posts. The infographic has been launched in parallel with the ongoing UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and International Women’s Day on 8th March.Simply Business uses infographics to visualize a process AND make use of existing contents, repackaged together from different sources
  • REMEMBER!• Information design tells a story with pictures.It’s NOT ONLY about making something aesthetically pleasing, or about branding, style or making a glossy product… …It’s about making your research data:CLEARCOMPELLING and data can only speak if you ask it a question, so work out…WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM YOUR DATA and WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW
  • Free downloadable manual from that offers an introduction to information design.
  • Fusion tables – upload your data (Ex. coffee production), merge with country boundaries, info window content
  • Data and information visualization tools 2012

    1. 1. Data and information visualization toolsFAO Social Media Workshop
    2. 2. Intro /definition Creating visualizations of data can offers another way of communicating and sharing that data with others Visuals can stimulate conversation and meaning making around data that is different from simply presenting the textual or numerical data This is especially important when working across cultures and languages Source: KSToolkit
    3. 3. Key functions it supports Tell your story, document and share lessons learnt Analyze your data Convey abstract information in an easily digestible format Supports research, problem solving, decision making, planning Illustrate timelines, relationships, impact Create shareable and social media friendly content
    4. 4. Examples The Female Face of Farming – Farming First & FAO The Future of Food – Wired Magazine How Africa Tweets – Portland Communication How to Create a Social Media Campaign – Simply Business R4D Twitter Good Practice - CommsConsult
    5. 5. How to use it Main things to consider: – What function(s) is the information designed to support? – Who is your intended audience? Source: Visualizing Information for Advocacy
    6. 6. How to use it Assessing your data – What do you have available? Sorting and sketching – What is useful to use? Assessing your media – How to publish? Design – Colours, structure, elements, technology Source: Visualizing Information for Advocacy
    7. 7. What makes a good infographic? It’s a visual explanation that helps you more easily understand, find or do something It’s visual, and when necessary, integrates words and pictures in a fluid, dynamic way It stands alone and is completely self- explanatory It reveals information that was formerly hidden or submerged It makes possible faster, more consistent understanding It’s universally understandable Source: Communication Nation
    8. 8. Resources, and links Visualizing Information for Advocacy iles/infodesign.pdf Make Your Own Infographic 5/25/make-your-own-infographic
    9. 9. Useful tools Wordle – Generate “word clouds” from text Xtimeline – Create and explore timelines Creately – Easily draw diagrams online ManyEyes – Upload your data Prezi
    10. 10. Useful tools Tableau - Windows-only software for creating colourful data visualisations Google Fusion Tables – Upload your data, visualize&collaborate Google charts (can be animated) Gapminder – Upload data, interactive charts – a community for sharing infographics
    11. 11. Hands on exercise Select a couple of the tools listed above Modify existing visualizations or create your own with your data and info Share and re-use the object created using other social media platforms
    12. 12. Credits Julia Reich - Infographics & Data Visualization: Not Your Grandmother’s Pie Chart Betty Allen - Presenting Complex Data Visually Tactical Tech - Visualizing Information for Advocacy KSToolkit