One of my supervisors, Sama Low Choy, is always up for a chat about the role of visualisation in statistics and data analysis. An acolyte of Tufte, Sama is quite passionate about appropriate methods of presenting data. 3D pie charts, needless to say, are public enemy number one.
We were having a chat this afternoon about how a friend of mine who’s about to start a Masters in biology/statistics is a bit of a nerd when it comes to the presentation of data and copy. Talk turned to how easy it is to use LaTeX and how there’s a need for better visualisation in scientific results (something I’ve talked to some of my ILAQH colleagues about at length). Infographics are quite a popular thing at the moment, despite not always being particularly informative nor warranted, and I mentioned a blog about the process that the New York Times crew go through when developing infographics and other visualisation tools.
Sama has forwarded me an email containing some of her favourite links that deal with the field of “data journalism”.
The Times in US provide some inspiration:
Even on a topic that some science & engineerings students may become engaged with:
Someone else’s selection of highlights from their Infographics
Here is a link to a website about a new (free) handbook on data journalism:
Here’s a link to some videos (showing some software, doing some intuitive roll-up roll-down exploration & aggregation of data):
You might also enjoy these videos of Amanda Cox, a woman behind some of the more innovative visualisation pieces at the NYT, talking about the processes of making good quality visualisations.