Data visualization has taken many forms aided greatly by access to computers and cell phones. However, some basic concepts remain in developing effective data visualization. This assignment builds on the Module 4 – Keeping It Real Discussion: What’s Up with Data Visualization? that focuses on Tufte’s list of graphical excellence qualities.
Data visualization is a relatively recent term that applies not only to the tables, graphs, and charts you saw in the course resources but also to a wide array of colorful, dynamic – even interactive – illustrations of data that you see on the web. In this discussion, you will look back at some very early attempts to turn data into a picture as well as move beyond the static displays in the textbook.
To continue learning about data visualization, read sections 5 and 6 of Seeing & Understanding Data (PDF). Download Seeing & Understanding Data (PDF).Also, watch this video.
Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – the Joy of Stats (YouTube 4:47) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbkSRLYSojo&feature=youtu.be)
Complete the following for this assignment. Task 11, 12, and 13 are located in the Seeing and Understanding document.
Select and complete either task 11 or 12.
Complete task 13
Re-play Rosling’s visualization at your own speed.
Explore the data for a single country by selecting it in the rightmost column.
Write a paragraph about the story of the world when the dynamic data includes all countries and another paragraph about how the country you watched fits or deviates from that story.
Give a careful description of the story told by the animation for all 200 countries and how the story of just a single country fits into the larger world picture.
Include a screenshot of the final year in that single-country story.