Published on October 9, 2012
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 http://www.tacticaltech.org/sites/tacticaltech.org/f iles/infodesign.pdf Make Your Own Infographic http://www.wildapricot.com/blogs/newsblog/2010/0 5/25/make-your-own-infographic
Useful tools Wordle – Generate “word clouds” from text http://www.wordle.net/ Xtimeline – Create and explore timelines www.xtimeline.com Creately – Easily draw diagrams online http://creately.com/ ManyEyes – Upload your data http://www-958.ibm.com/software/data/cognos/manyeyes Prezi http://prezi.com/ieh-jkdre9vx/research-to-action/
Useful tools Tableau - Windows-only software for creating colourful data visualisations http://www.tableausoftware.com/public/ Google Fusion Tables – Upload your data, visualize&collaborate http://www.google.com/fusiontables/Home/ Google charts (can be animated) Gapminder – Upload data, interactive charts http://www.gapminder.org/upload-data/ Visual.ly – 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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