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Celebrating the Life
Class Plan

Pictures are worth a 1,000 words and in this class we explore ideas, tool and resources for creating your own charts, graphs and visualizations to display information in a more meaningful, less textual way.
Finding & Manipulating the Data
From the Libraries:
  • Simply Map: An Internet-based mapping application that enables users to develop interactive thematic maps and reports using thousands of demographic, business, and marketing data variables.
  • American Factfinder: Find raw census data in addition to graphical and thematic maps of census statistics.
Raw Data
  • Open Austin Data: Open datasets from the City of Austin.
  • Data.gov: Raw and analyzed data sets from organizations across the government.
  • Texas.gov: Open data from departments from of the Texas government, including Labor and Career Information, Transportation, and more.
  • Census.gov authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
Data Aggregators
  • Wolfram|Alpha: a computation knowledge engine that enables user input to compare statistics across the disciplines; in some instances will also map or compute information in chart or graphic form.
  • Google Public Data Explorer: Use publicly available data to compare information visually. 
Your Own Data
  • Google Fusion Tables: Upload found or self-created data and use Google's tools to visualize it.
  • Your.Flowingdata: Aggregate and map your own data with this website and a Twitter account!
  • TableauPublic: Create beautiful and dynamic visualizations. Both a downloadable app as well as an online app.
Infographics Resources
 Using Pre-made Templates
Recommended Reading & Bibliography


Key texts from Edward Tufte
  • Tufte, E. R. (2006). Beautiful Evidence. Cheshire, Conn: Graphics Press.
  • Tufte, E. R. (2006). The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Pitching Out Corruptswithin (2nd ed.). Cheshire, Conn: Graphics Press LLC.
  • Tufte, E. R. (2001). The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (2nd ed.). Cheshire, Conn: Graphics Press.

Other Books:

  • Yau, N. (2011). Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics. Indianapolis, Ind: Wiley Pub.
  • Wong, D. M. (2010). The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics: The Dos and Don'ts of Presenting Data, Facts, and Figures (1st ed.). New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
  • George-Palilonis, J., & Ebooks Corporation Limited. (2006). A Practical Guide to Graphics Reporting Information Graphics for Print, Web and Broadcast. Burlington: Elsevier. 
 Helpful subject and keyword searches in the library catalog:
In class materials
Free Open Online Course on Data Viz
The Knight Center for Journalism has just released its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) taught by Alberto Cairo. 
Indiana Univeristy has also released a MOOC on Info Visualization taught by Katy Boerner.
Evaluate Your Infographics!
Ask Yourself:
  • Are your variables consistent?
  • Is the scale appropriate?
  • What’s the context?
  • What happens if you add more variables?
  • Where is the data coming from? 
  • And remember to always cite your graphics!
Light-hearted Infographics
... because statistics don't always have to be serious: 
Follow up or Questions
Cindy Fisher, Learning Technologies Librarian
cindyf@austin.utexas.edu // 495-4333