Workshop: How to create meaningful data dashboards

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At the end of this workshop by Ulrich Atz youll have an overview of how dashboards help make sense of data, articulate design choices for your dashboard and be introduced to Gekkoboard to create a dashboard.Held as part of the ODI's Training Discovery Day 2014.

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November, 2014 | Ulrich Atz @statsheroFrom Data to Dashboardsnon-profit, non-partisanFounded 1 year ago15 full time employeesTBL and Nigel ShadboldSPACE TO CONVENE, help others use data

1IntroductionsYour nameWhere youve come fromRoleYour aims/expectations for this session.

Youll have an overview of how dashboards help make sense of dataYou can articulate design choices for your dashboardYou know some software solutions to create dashboardsOutcomesDiscussionWhat / where is dashboard?EXAMPLES OF DATA DASHBOARDS

http://www.perceptualedge.com/example7.php

http://global.census.okfn.org/OKs Global Open Data Index

Stephen Few

http://www.perceptualedge.com

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/

A dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives, consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be monitored at a glance.Stephen Few

A dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives, consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be monitored at a glance.Stephen Few

A dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives, consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be monitored at a glance.Stephen Few

Your turn: go to http://data.london.gov.uk Find the dashboard and think of three commentsUse Juice Labs template to categorise the dashboard

ExerciseJuice Labs (2009). A Guide to Creating Dashboards People Love to Use.

16Sign up for a free account with http://geckoboard.comCreate a simple dashboard by linking one of your social media (or other data).Prepare to show it off to the groupHow could it be useful?Why did you choose your metrics?Did you make any design choices?

ExerciseHave a purposeInformation at a glanceLess is moreUse as a means, not an endKeep your dashboard a dashboard

Leading practiceData isnt like your kids, you dont have to pretend to love them equally.

Amanda Cox, NYT graphics

Thank you!

HOW (NOT) TO VISUALISE YOUR DATANon-traditional use of chart types

Arbitrariness of double axes

Selective use of data

http://ampp3d.mirror.co.uk/2014/05/16/11-mistakes-that-will-drive-data-nerds-crazy/

Finding a meaningless correlationhttp://www.tylervigen.com/

Charts that use ALL THE DATA

Y-axis does not start at zero