Class 14 (English 146DS – Winter 2021)

Class Business

  • Readings for next week

Plan for class:  Discussion of Timelines  Arrow right

Implementing Your Data Story Arrow right  Visualization Tools

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Epigraph for Class


“What are you doing right now?” (original status update prompt)


What’s happening? (current prompt)


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Long Sentence  Arrow right  Storyboard

Implementing Your Data Story

Options for Implementation

  • Option 1: Fully realized or performed data story
    • (a) With static data visualizations — e.g.,
      • a slide show
      • an infographic
      • a document (journalistic story)
      • a web page (e.g., on a site)
    • (b) With dynamic or interactive data visualizations
      • hosted on an online service such as Tableau Public, Flourish, ArcGIS, etc.
      • or “embedded” from such services in a web page
  • Option 2: Partly realized data story with mockup designs for what  cannot be implemented (Mock up the data story design in a document or slides; and add instructions/documentation on how things are supposed to look and behave)
    • E.g. Scrolly story
    • Story with complex interactive visualizations
    • Video or audio story
Preview of grading rubric for team data story (draft)

Data Visualization Tools

Visualization Tools: Future in-class and project-making activities will involve creating data visualizations. Spreadsheet programs such as Excel or Google Sheets are capable of generating many visualizations from data. But teams may also want to experiment with, or at least be introduced to, one or more of the following tools (create free accounts as needed):

    • Note: Specialized statistics programs such as SPSS or programming languages such as R may also be used to create visualizations if students are familiar with them. However, this course does not assume that students have such familiarity.