The School of Data is a UNDP-developed programme for participants from public administration, civil society organizations, startups, media companies, and academia. It provides the introduction to data-driven technologies, statistical and programming tools, legal frameworks, and visualization approaches.
As the final part of the School of Data, my dataviz workshop focused on understanding the truthful and effective communication of large and small data sets. From historical cartography to modern interactive Web experiences, from data art to data journalism, we analysed what constitutes quality data-driven design. Special attention was devoted to explaining data-driven propaganda, ways of manipulating public via faux dataviz.
Participants got the chance to develop their own data visualization projects using various tools, such as d3.js, Tableau, and Raw Graphs. At the end, we have created a data performance, including a physical scatter-plot made of participant bodies. ■