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Why Data Needs Stories from Economist Steven Levitt

Why Data Needs Stories from Economist Steven Levitt | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Steven Levitt, an economist hailed as one of the finest minds of his generation, says he’s never been good at math and finds much of his life’s work “embarrassing.” The University of Chicago professor is not just being...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 18, 2013 5:06 PM

I really like this article because it showcases Freakonomics author Steven Levitt who is a master storyteller when it comes to data.


What I love about Levitt is his ability to take data and tell compelling stories about it -- generating not only sense-making but even bettr -- meaning! Meaningful stories that make an impact.


Learn more about Levitt and some of the great stories he tells interpreting data. He's a terrific example for us all. Enjoy!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, June 19, 2013 6:54 AM

Putting data into a story makes it much more people oriented.   Brings out the need to know.    

Karen Dietz's comment, June 24, 2013 11:57 AM
Good point Kaylin!
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A Brief History of Information Design and Visual Storytelling

Humankind has been telling complex stories through simple visuals long before you saw your first infographic at Mashable. History is humbling, let's go back in

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 6, 2013 1:24 PM

If you are into data and storytelling, then this brief overview is for you. The slideshare program quickly explains data visualization through time.


Of course, how data is displayed -- if done well -- can tell its own story.  The next step is to give a presentation as a story, and tell the story of the data as you are doing so. 


Until then, enjoy this quick historical review of visual storytelling.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

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Storytelling: The Next Step for Visualization

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By Robert Korsara

 

"Presentation and communication of data have so far played a minor role in visualization research, with most work focused on exploration and analysis. We propose that presentation, in particular using elements from storytelling, is the next logical step and should be a research focus of at least equal importance as each of the other two. Stories package information into a structure that is easily remembered, which is important in many collaborative scenarios when an analyst is not the same person as the one who makes decisions, or simply needs to share information with peers. Data visualization lends itself well to being a communication medium for storytelling, in particular when the story also contains a lot of data. We review the literature on storytelling and presentation and outline the research area. "


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 6, 2013 1:48 PM

Here's the next stop on the data and visual storytelling journey. While the previous article I curated focused on the history of visual storytelling, this research article addresses 'what's next.'


For the authors of the article -- what's next is the presentation and communication of data that has played only a minor role in research up to this point.


Click on the title of the article "Storytelling: The Next Step for Visualization" at the bottom of the blurb to get a free copy of the research paper. 


The research paper itself focuses on journalism as storytelling -- which it is, but it is not the only method or approach. So the article is limiting in that way. 


Still, there are some good insights about how data visualization needs to move more directly into storytelling using story delivery techniques.


Iin the end, the authors Robert Kosara and Jock Mackinlay say: 

"Storytelling promises to open up entirely new avenues of research in visualization. Going from exploration to analysis to presentation is a natural progression, which is mirrored by the research effort focused on these steps over time. As the field becomes more mature and provides many useful techniques for the first two steps, we need to start focusing on presentation. This is even more important as visualization gets used for decision-making, where the succinct presentation of important facts is crucial."


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it