What’s Going On in this Graph? Environmental Data Visualization Literacy Workshop With R
Learn techniques to create compelling graphs and tell better stories.
Data journalism is increasingly used to help the public understand complex scientific and social issues, but what makes an effective data visualization? What techniques should we employ to create compelling graphs and tell better stories? Using environmental data, we examine a set of real-world figures and graphs to identify techniques commonly used in data journalism and explore how to thoughtfully incorporate them into our work. Then we learnt to recreate them responsibly and reproducibly using the R Programming language. While this themed session focuses on environmental data, the concepts here are transferrable and applicable to a wide range of subjects where data plays an important role in understanding research outcomes, information diffusion, media literacy, etc.
The participants were given the space to brainstorm and discuss visualizations amongst themselves. The discussion points for each of the visualizations demonstrated were:
How does the visualization perform?
What do you notice?
What do you wonder?
What’s going on in this graph? What story can it tell?
Culturally Relevant Education in Environmental Data Science
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