Data Storytelling for Social Sciences- ESRC Festival of Social Science

Date: 12/11/2015

Time: 10:00 – 16:30

Location: The Old School House, Gladstone Mews, Bournemouth, BH7 6BG

Event Description:

The move in recent years toward open data brings with it opportunities for information re-use, increases transparency, and encourages civic participation in data analysis and communication. From human rights issues to climate change, this increased emphasis on visualising data has brought with it more attention to the importance of social science research through online interactivity and visual communication. How do we discern what data stories need telling? How do we combine different methods for visualising and communicating with data to diverse audiences? We draw from the latest social science research in data storytelling, alongside our experiences founding the Bournemouth University-based Civic Media Hub’s Datalabs project in 2014.  BU’s Civic Media Hub brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers and students that work in collaboration with external stakeholders to co-create effective ways of engaging important social issues through media and data communications.

In this day-long Data Stories master class and interactive workshop we will take participants through the stages of creating a data story. This includes: how to dig through data, identifying your online audience, choosing the right tools to visualise, and strategies for digital dissemination. Participants will need to bring a laptop to the event and download free software in advance. Details will be provided upon registration.

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