#CAST12 DataViz Sandbox – Resources

I had a trip up to London yesterday to give the second of two talks on data visualisation to the #cast12 Masters students at Goldsmiths University. As promised to them, here’s a list of resources they might find useful..:

1) Storytelling with dataHans Rosling demoing Gapminder (using a visualisation technique now often referred to as a motion chart; see the orginal here: Gapminder).

(See also the BBC4 programme fronted by Hans Rosling, “The Joy of Stats”).

How line graphs can narrate a story – Kurt Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories

The Charts’n’things blog, which describes some of the design process that goes on in coming up with some of the great visualisations produced by the New York Times.

2) Google Refine

Google RefineOpenRefine is one of those tools that can make one of the more painful parts of producing visualisations – getting data into a state where you can actually use it – much more manageable. Here are some example use cases:

3) API datagrabs and screenscraping. Here are some handy resources:

4) Gephi tutorials:

5) General.
(Social) network analysis – a theoretical overview: Social Network Analysis – G. Cheliotis.

There are a few extras in there, but anything I missed?

Author: Tony Hirst

I'm a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, with an interest in #opendata policy and practice, as well as general web tinkering...

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