Digital data is ubiquitous and offers unprecedented opportunities for government, business, science and society. However, data is little more than noise if no one can make sense of it.
Data visualization, or presenting data in visual formats that are more easily comprehended by the human brain, help people make sense of data and tell stories with data. It is a tool that is vital to putting data to use to solve problems and make informed decisions.
Anyone looking to learn more about data visualization and how it can be used to tell stories should mark their calendars for the all-day event Data Driven Storytelling: A Deep Dive into Visualization. The event will be held Friday, July 14, at the headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1200 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Sponsors are The South Big Data Hub, the West Big Data Hub and the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships, which together comprise the Big Data Affinity Group (BDAG).
The event will provide a forum for people to share how they use data to tell stories, and provide different perspectives on data visualization and storytelling. New approaches for extracting insights from data and effectively communicating these insights will be presented. All attendees will learn about the basics of data visualization as well as best practices and tools that facilitate data communication. Organizers hope using these tools can drive actions in government through data-informed decision making.
Information on registration will be coming shortly—stay tuned to this blog or subscribe to the South Big Data Hub newsletter to stay informed.