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Tag: big data

Data Jams Breathe Life Into Extension Reporting

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. That’s a sailor cast away on the high seas, surrounded by a never-ending ocean but without a sip of liquid to sustain life. In like manner, extension administrators and faculty are surrounded by oceans of data but without the means to make sense of that data […]

Beyond Static Graphs: Engage Your Audience with Interactive Data Visualizations

Interactive data visualizations allow you to display complex data in interesting ways and allow viewers to be active participants in exploring the data. Check out some of these some great examples of interactive data visualizations for inspiration. The Washington Post[i] presents a political visual that pairs graphics and a narrative that you can interact with […]

Data Visualization Makeover

This post is a little embarrassing. I’m going to share some not-so-pretty (and not-so-effective) graphics that I have made…and presented…multiple times. Then I’ll walk you through the steps I took to create new and improved versions using my seven elements of good data visualization. First, about the data. These data were collected by the Nebraska […]

Seven Elements of Good Data Visualization

To prompt behavior change, we must be able to effectively communicate data. Not convinced? Read this post on why data visualization matters. The goal of this article is to dig in deeper and present some foundational concepts for creating good data visuals. A recent eXtension webinar[i] described numerous tools and programs at our disposal for […]

Data Visualization for Extension Professionals: Why Does it Matter?

“We face danger whenever information growth outpaces our understanding of how to process it.”[i] The ability to generate data has greatly increased in recent years, across all sectors, including agriculture. In fact, according to VCloud News, 90% of the world’s data has been created in the last 2 years alone[ii]. This “big data” is harnessed […]