Data Matters
14 February 2021

The following trilogy of stories explores many of the ideas I have been talking about over the last few years. I hope these sessions are useful and can encourage more people to use data at work and for fun.

Part 1: Data Literacy - skills of critical thinkers

Data literacy is a critical skill in the 21st century.
A skill that will change the world in the same way that literacy transformed access to knowledge in the centuries after the printing press. However, just having access to new technology is not enough.

The printing press automated the publishing process, but that still required people to learn to read and write. Data literacy is not just about consuming and understanding data visualisations but more importantly, about applying the human traits of curiosity and critical thinking to your data.

Part 2: Data Storytelling – humanise your data

Technologies like Tableau make it easier than ever for business people to access and explore their data.
As a result, more insights are uncovered within companies every day. However, unless we can communicate these insights effectively, no one will act on them, and no change will occur. In this session, we will explore ways to overcome this too familiar 'insights dead-end'.

Part 3: Data Visualisation – design for information

Is it art or, is it science?

Visual analysis in an iterative process for exploring your data, a process that exploits the power of the human visual system.
At the core of this inquisitive process is data visualisation, which allows you to analyse data when you don’t know exactly what questions you need to ask in advance.