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Principles of Data Visualization and Interpretation

This workshop will cover the fundamentals of data visualization design and data storytelling. The topics covered will include perception, reasoning strategies, visual thinking, best practices, and narrative structures. As this is a workshop, a data visualization design activity will also be included at the end.


Participants are expected to be at least somewhat familiar with rudimentary exploratory data analysis and statistical thinking. As the exercise is going to be primarily focused on designing data visualizations, participants are encouraged to explore sketching using pen and paper, however the workshop will also accommodate data visualization tools such as Tableau.


Note: This workshop is organized and facilitated by SciProg. SciProg—short for Scientific Programming Study Group—is dedicated to building a community of SFU researchers who perform computational data analysis as part of their academic work. SciProg promotes skill sharing and collaboration by (1) organizing 60 to 90-minute interactive workshops covering a wide range of software tools, (2) providing Q&A sessions for peer-to-peer assistance and collaboration, and (3) bringing researchers together at social events like Hacky Hours.


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