Exploring Data Visualization

Hi everyone! As mentioned in an earlier post, I’m Megan Ozeran, the Data Analytics & Visualization Librarian in the Scholarly Commons. In this new monthly series, I will share a combination of cool data visualizations, useful tools and resources, and other visualization miscellany. The field of data visualization is full of experts who publish insights in books and on blogs, and I’ll be using this series to introduce you to a few of them.

To jump-start this series, here are a few items for February:

A Tableau dashboard analyzing baseball data with regard to African American players

Created by Yoshihito Kimura, “African American baseball players have consisitently [sic] contributed to win”

1) data.world hosted weekly data visualization events related to Black History Month. See the data and the visualizations that people have created by clicking on the dataset links on their Black History Month page. The visualization above was contributed to the Baseball Demographics project.

A movie passes the Lena Waithe Test if there's a black woman in the work, who's in a position of power, and she's in a healthy relationship.

From FiveThirtyEight, “The Next Bechdel Test”

2) FiveThirtyEight, known for telling data-rich stories with visualizations, has made it easier than ever to download their data. For instance, you can download the data behind their article “The Next Bechdel Test” and experiment with how you might visualize it differently.

An 8-bit graphic of a millennial with the caption, "Follow me as I make my way toward a stable financial future."

From HuffPost, “FML”

3) “Why millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression.” This long, intense article combines writing and data visualization in a brand new way. I recommend viewing it in a computer browser because the mobile version may not be as easy to read.

I hope you enjoyed this data visualization news! If you have any data visualization questions, please feel free to email me and set up an appointment at the Scholarly Commons.

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