Hands-On Data Visualization: Interactive Storytelling from Spreadsheets to Code

Hands-On Data Visualization: Interactive Storytelling from Spreadsheets to Code

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Tell your story and show it with data, using free and easy-to-learn tools on the web. This introductory book teaches you how to design interactive charts and customized maps for your website, beginning with simple drag-and-drop tools such as Google Sheets, Datawrapper, and Tableau Public. You'll also gradually learn how to edit open source code templates like Chart.js, Highcharts, and Leaflet on GitHub.

Hands-On Data Visualization takes you step-by-step through tutorials, real-world examples, and online resources. This practical guide is ideal for students, nonprofit organizations, small business owners, local governments, journalists, academics, and anyone who wants to take data out of spreadsheets and turn it into lively interactive stories. No coding experience is required.

  • Build interactive charts and maps and embed them in your website
  • Understand the principles for designing effective charts and maps
  • Learn key data visualization concepts to help you choose the right tools
  • Convert and transform tabular and spatial data to tell your data story
  • Edit and host Chart.js, Highcharts, and Leaflet map code templates on GitHub
  • Learn how to detect bias in charts and maps produced by others


Author: Jack Dougherty, Ilya Ilyankou
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Published: 05/04/2021
Pages: 480
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.63lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.90w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781492086000

About the Author

Jack Dougherty is a Professor of Educational Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Professor Dougherty has taught data visualization to undergraduates at Trinity College and to thousands of participants in a global online course. He and his students have partnered with dozens of non-profit organizations, journalists, and researchers to help tell their data stories on the web.

Ilya Ilyankou is an Independent Technologist. Ilya has been working with CTData Collaborative to build data visualization and data exploration tools for Connecticut for two years. He studied Computer Science and Studio Arts at Trinity College, Hartford.