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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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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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