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Introduction to Data Visualization

October 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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Workshop will be conducted in Zoom in PST time. Invites are sent out the day before the workshop.

There are many ways to communicate the results of research. Visually representing data provides a valuable perspective within an academic argument. Data visualizations provide an overview or snapshot of a dataset, draw attention to outliers, demonstrate trends, or simply help us to understand our data better. Functioning as evidentiary support, data visualizations can sharpen key research findings. They can effectively transmit and help give meaning to big datasets. It should be noted though that there are both benefits and drawbacks to turning information into graphics, both practically and intellectually. In this workshop, we will cover why people may choose to visualize data. We will discuss ways to organize and standardize data so that it visualizes in a clear manner. The workshop will expose participants to different types of data visualizations, show them how to choose the right chart or graph for their content, and share best practices for making those visualizations legible and accurate. With opportunities for hands-on work, the workshop will cover various data viz tools that can be used to help get the job done for a wide-range of research needs. Tools covered in the workshop include:

Open Refine
Google Pivot Tables and Charts
Tableau Public

There are no pre-requisite requirements to take this workshop, but please make sure to RSVP!

If you have questions regarding the workshop, please contact the instructor Francesca Albrezzi at falbrezzi@ucla.edu.


October 20, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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