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What I learned on misleading data and visualizations at Alberto Cairo’s #visualTrumpery event

Trumpery is not linked to a famous politician. It means something flashy or beautiful, but without content. This is how Doctor Alberto Cairo started his talk in Barcelona last Friday on data visualizations and the challenge of truthful information.

Below 5 takeaways from the event to data journalists on their attitude towards teaching the audience to properly interprete graphs and visualizations:

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Find the best datavis users and pieces on Twitter

This post is for people who are curious about data journalism and data visualisation. Since my last year of university (2011), I have been interested in infographics, data and visualisations. However, for the last six months, I have been trying to discover professionals and communities in this field.

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3 good data visualisations on economic issues

Numbers and financial information are not easy to display and some visualisations can lead to confusions or misinterpretations.

Jeff Leek gathers in his book The Elements of Data Analytic Style (2015) some words from John Tukey, one of the most innovative data scientists:

“The data may not contain the answer. The combination of some data and aching desire for an answer does not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from a given body of data”.

Alberto Cairo talks about a lack of reasoning in his last book The Truthful Art. On a previous post he said:

“We are surrounded by numbers, statistics, and scientific publications; and sometimes journalists publish huge barbarities.”

Below I have gathered three good examples when it comes to explaining and visualising complex data on economics issues:

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Malofiej 24: It’s time for datavis journalists

Pamplona (Spain) will gather visual journalists from around the world within the Malofiej Awards, the professional workshop ‘Show Don’t Tell’ and the Infographics World Summit.

From March 6-11,2016 Malofiej 24. It’s time! will be held at the University of Navarra. 

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The Truthful Art: understanding the numbers before creating graphics

Alberto Cairo has finished his third book on infographics and data visualisation called The Truthful Art (2016).

While The Functional Art: an Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization focused on the communication of data by charts, graphs, maps, and diagrams; The Truthful Art emphasizes the previous stages of creating these infographics.

The main aims of this book are finding stories when gathering data and presenting them to the public through accurate infographics and visualisations.

For this reason, Alberto shares several methods throughout the chapters to avoid misconceptions and aberrations  when understanding the numbers and creating graphics.

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“Journalism is not a profession but an attitude” says Alberto Cairo

Alberto Cairo teaches Visual Journalism at the School of Communication of the University of Miami (UM).

He has just finished his third book on infographics and data visualisation called The Truthful Art (2016). Previous readings are  Infografía 2.0: Visualización interactiva de información en prensa (Alamut, Spain, 2008) and  The Functional Art: an Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization

Alberto shares his thoughts on journalism, data journalism and developers. First steps in data and visualisations? Keep reading to find out more about this field.

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First steps in data journalism in Spain

Data journalism goes hand in hand with the internet. Every data, every story that can be stored and digitised it’s subject for data journalism. However, this journalism practice has not gone at the same pace throughout the countries.

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