In this presentation I will demonstrate simple techniques for generating data visualisations: using tools (including MS Excel and Google Spreadsheets), drawing packages (including Illustrator and Inkscape) and software libraries (including d3.js and timeline.js). As part of this participants will be introduced to basic visual theories and the concepts of exploratory and explanatory analytics. The presentation will also highlight some of the skills required for discovering and reshaping data sources.

Sankey your Google Spreadsheet Data #d3js

“Sankey diagrams are a specific type of flow diagram, in which the width of the arrows is shown proportionally to the flow quantity.” In this post I introduce a basic wrapper to render data from a Google Spreadsheet with a d3js generated sankey diagram

IWMW12 Data Hacks

In this post I highlight some data hacks I came up with during the course of #iwmw12. These include a network diagram of how UN University Twitter accounts follow each other, a search archive of tweets and some timestamped map data