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Resources for both data visualization and infographics, with examples from the non-profit sector
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Big Data for Social Innovation

Big Data for Social Innovation | Nonprofit Data Visualization | Scoop.it
Nonprofits lag behind business and science in using big data effectively.
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Great article addressing the reasons we lack structured big data relevant to social problems.

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Top Ten Big Data Analytics Tips

"Data experts from major brands shared their tips on best practice work with business analytics."

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Slides, Tools and other Resources from the School of Data Journalism 2014

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Resource list from the School of Data's 2014 conference.

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A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods | Nonprofit Data Visualization | Scoop.it
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An update to the version referenced last year. This version is interactive, providing examples of each type of viz.

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The Complete Social Media Cover Photo Guide

The Complete Social Media Cover Photo Guide | Nonprofit Data Visualization | Scoop.it
Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube all feature the option for a custom cover photo, but they all have different cover photo dimensions and size requirements. Find out what to use and how to create them.
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Use your prime social media real estate to your advantage! The photo is the first thing the public sees when visiting.

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Creating Shareable Content

Laura Oliver, the Guardian's social and community editor, UK, shared three common factors behind well-shared content at the recent London Social Media Summit
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Introducing the Data Visualization Checklist

Introducing the Data Visualization Checklist | Nonprofit Data Visualization | Scoop.it
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Stephanie Evergreen and Ann K. Emery's version of a #dataviz checklist

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Mapping basics for journalists

Mapping basics for journalists | Nonprofit Data Visualization | Scoop.it

Modern data sets are often best displayed in an age-old format: the map,

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The title says journalists, but I'd offer it to anyone looking to use mapping for communication.

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Effective Dashboard Design

"If not carefully designed, a new dashboard can leave consumers unsatisfied, frustrated, confused, and even overwhelmed."

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Excel Tutorials

"A few years ago, I realized there are a ton of Excel tutorials on the internet—great!—but they were only geared towards accountants and economists. For people trying to create a home budgeting spreadsheet, they had tons of tutorials to choose from. But there weren’t any tutorials for those of us trying to analyze data from research or evaluation projects. So, I set out to create my own tutorials for people like us."

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Fantastic resource from Ann K Emery -- Excel tutorials on data cleaning,  pivot tables, descriptive stats, and more.

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Understanding and Presenting Data Visually: A Resource List for Beginners

Understanding and Presenting Data Visually: A Resource List for Beginners | Nonprofit Data Visualization | Scoop.it

"The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see."

-- John W. Tukey, Exploratory Data Analysis

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I wouldn't suggest this for the advanced #dataviz whiz, but it offers links to great tools for individuals curious about easy to use data sources and applications.

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Five Key Properties of Interactive Data Visualization

Five Key Properties of Interactive Data Visualization | Nonprofit Data Visualization | Scoop.it

"The reality is that designers often fail to achieve both form and functionality, creating instead subpar visualizations—e.g., bar charts, steamgraphs, treemaps, Gannt charts, and scatter plots—that fail to serve their main purpose of communicating information."

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Common Data Visualization Mistakes

Common Data Visualization Mistakes | Nonprofit Data Visualization | Scoop.it
Learn how to better represent your data with easy-to-comprehend visuals.
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Mary Jo Gehrking's comment, May 29, 2014 1:09 PM
Thanks for sharing these useful tips to keep in mind when creating data graphics. A good example is the scatterplot, which can be quite frustrating (for me) when trendlines are not used.
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The One Tech Buzzword Everyone Should Know

The One Tech Buzzword Everyone Should Know | Nonprofit Data Visualization | Scoop.it
The future of storytelling is a combination of text, moving images, and interactive elements--all powered by a JavaScript library called D3.
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An introductory look at D3

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Putting Points on Maps Using GeoJSON Created by Open Refine

Putting Points on Maps Using GeoJSON Created by Open Refine | Nonprofit Data Visualization | Scoop.it
Having access to geo-data is one thing, quickly sketching it on to a map is another. In this post, we look at how you can use OpenRefine to take some tabular data and export it in a format that can be quickly visualised on an interactive map.
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You may need to check out School of Data's archived posts on geographical data to get started, depending on your skill level.

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Innovative Reporting: Sidewalk Chalk DataViz

Innovative Reporting: Sidewalk Chalk DataViz | Nonprofit Data Visualization | Scoop.it

An AEA blogpost by Susan Kistler on innovative data reporting in a local area.

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Coding for Beginners: 10 programming concepts it helps to understand

Coding for Beginners: 10 programming concepts it helps to understand | Nonprofit Data Visualization | Scoop.it
If you're looking to get into coding chances are you'll stumble across a raft of jargon which can be off-putting, especially in tutorials which are oblivious to your lack of previous programming ex...
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A primer on statistical terms for beginners

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Una Sinnott's curator insight, May 15, 2014 4:26 PM

A handy break-down of some of the concepts you will come across when learning to code.

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TED Talk: New insights on poverty

TED Talk: New insights on poverty | Nonprofit Data Visualization | Scoop.it
Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing.
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I don't listen to TED Talks often (for shame!), but this one was fantastic-- and he uses some very cool visuals.

 

"The seemingly impossible is possible."

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They Walked Together: ESRI Basemaps available for Tableau

They Walked Together: ESRI Basemaps available for Tableau | Nonprofit Data Visualization | Scoop.it

 "Delivered as map services, these basemaps and reference layers are freely available to anyone and include World Imagery, World Street Map, World Topographic, Ocean Basemap, and more."

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Guide to Data Science Cheat Sheets

Here are some tools for learning the primary languages in data science- Python, R and SQL. A cheat sheet or reference card is a compilation of mostly used commands to help you learn that language’s syntax at a faster rate.

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Editable Maps

Editable Maps | Nonprofit Data Visualization | Scoop.it

A range of vector based maps in PowerPoint format. These can be easily edited and coloured for the individual countries."

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So great of Presentation Magazine to share these resources. Shading maps couldn't be easier.

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4 Cool Things You Can Do with The New Twitter Profile

4 Cool Things You Can Do With The New Twitter Profile

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com, Jesse Soininen
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This begs the question-- how are you going to capitalize on this new opportunity to create a new, visual first impression?

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M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, May 4, 2014 9:56 PM

Twitter can be good.

Joan Puighermanal Oller's curator insight, May 5, 2014 10:11 AM

Per millorar el vostre twitter (el meu el tinc una mica aparcat, de moment...).

EZSelect's curator insight, May 7, 2014 2:40 PM

Spells it out as simply as possible.  How to take advantage of the new twitter profile to build your brand.