Class 12 (English 146DS – Winter 2021)

Class Business

  • Readings for next week
    • Question: “What did you learn that might be relevant to your project?”
  • Frameworking activity today
  • Storyboard activity beginning next week

Plan for class:  Discussion of readings (and student “dataset reports”) Arrow right  Frameworking exercise

Epigraph for Class

Edward Segel and Jeffrey Heer

Table from Edward Segel and Jeffrey Heer, “Narrative Visualization: Telling Stories with Data” (2010)
Edward Segel and Jeffrey Heer, “Narrative Visualization: Telling Stories with Data” (2010)

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Bongshin Lee and Nathalie Henry Riche, et al.

Diagram of the visual data storytelling process and distribution of roles from Bongshin Lee and Nathalie Henry Riche, et al., “More Than Telling a Story: Transforming Data into Visually Shared Stories” (2015)
Diagram of the visual data storytelling process and distribution of roles from Bongshin Lee and Nathalie Henry Riche, et al., “More Than Telling a Story: Transforming Data into Visually Shared Stories” (2015)

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Hugging Face

(open-source provider of Natural Language Processing technologies)

Discussion of Readings for Today

Discussion of Dataset Reports

Team Datasets

Prompts for the Dataset Report

  • What is the source(s) of the data?
  • Who collected the data and made the dataset?
  • What is the apparent authority of the data (e.g., on a scale that runs from government or university repositories at one end to the collection data of individual hobbyists on the other end)?
  • What is the original purpose and audience of the dataset?
  • How complete and representative is the data?
  • How can you use, and how must you accredit, the dataset according to the terms of service of its source? (Only a summary of essentials is needed.)

Frameworking Exercise (Breakouts)

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In-Class Activity

Frameworking: Teams begin filling out a Framework Planning Document that prepares for making a data-narrative project. (Download this Framework Planning Document template  with detailed instructions and copy it to your team workspace.) The document asks teams to imagine their audience; the purpose of their intended data narrative (and what is at stake); their key data; their primary media and form or genre; and their main distribution channel. It then asks for a “long sentence” about the dataset that is like a free-writing exercise from which a compelling data narrative can eventually be structured.

If the worksheet cannot be finished during class, teams are expected to collaborate on finishing it outside class.

Credits: This activity combines, adapts, and adds to Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic’s suggestion of a “Big Idea worksheet”; Alberto Cairo’s suggestion of a “long sentence”; and the Framework Institutes’ suggestions for framing policy recommendations.
  • Storyboard activity beginning next week (see Storyboard template)