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Published on October 9, 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

Data and information visualization toolsFAO Social Media Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resources, and links Visualizing Information for Advocacy iles/infodesign.pdf Make Your Own Infographic 5/25/make-your-own-infographic

Useful tools Wordle – Generate “word clouds” from text Xtimeline – Create and explore timelines Creately – Easily draw diagrams online ManyEyes – Upload your data Prezi

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

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

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

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