Reflections for Week 6

This was another busy week, approval to use images vital for the completion of my project were received this week and while it does not affect my ability to complete the initial plan it does have an effect on the final project.

This week we looked at data visualisation and some of the tools available that can be used in a digital heritage context. Using Plot.ly for creating graphs I created a stacked and group bar chart showing attendance at cultural institutions by gender (2013-14).

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It tells a story about categorical data such as institution type, traffic volume and visitor gender but to be useful the graphs also need to show why and how they achieved the attendance numbers (general visitors, special event, new movie release, etc.).

In support of creating graphs that tell a story, two of the site I found that did this quite well were the Timeline of Earth’s Average Temperature and Mapping Police Violence.  Both are aided further by graphs, charts, and other visualisations of data and both left you with a feeling that a story was told, though the further research into the why and how were still needed.

In conclusion, every graphic should be able to explain the data simply and in a way that a common answer or theory is visualised regardless of who reads it.

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