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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Finds: Designing for Big Data

Here is Jeff Veen talking about principles for effective use of visualization in communicating data, and how Web 2.0 is both leveraging and transforming those principles by providing tools and a new expectation of end-user control.

Jeff describes three main principles for communicating data visually:
  1. Storytelling: Find a story in the data
  2. Visualization: Assign visual cues to each dimension of the data
  3. Editing: Remove everything that isn't telling the story, as long as the type and dimensions of the data do not change
He then discusses how the culture of Web 2.0 demands (and the tools enable) a shift of control to the user so they can create their own story from the data:
  • From storytelling to discovery
  • From visual cues to interactivity
  • From editing to filtering
I see an opportunity to leverage this in instructional design by utilizing the Storytelling approach at the start of a learning experience and finishing at the Discovery end of this spectrum. It would be, effectively, the use of scaffolding to build confidence and research, analysis, synthesis, and interpretive skills in any area that includes large quantities of data.

What ideas and reflections does this presentation spark in you? How might you use this approach?

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