Online learning opportunity on data viz basics on 18 December

Bringing information alive: an introduction to data visualisation

Thursday 18 December 2014, 12 Noon GMT

From simple line charts to elaborate interactive maps, data visualisation is an increasingly popular way to convey complex information and reach audiences within and beyond academia. By communicating messages clearly, effective visualisations have the potential to alter perceptions, influence people and bring about change.

This Learning Lab introduces data visualisation. It demonstrates the value of presenting data visually and provides basic tips on how to make charts and graphs more effective. The webinar showcases some free online tools to create infographics and charts.
Rebecca Wolfe is the Research Uptake Manager for the RESYST (Resilient and Responsive Health Systems) research consortium, based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She has been working in research communication since 2005, building up a sound knowledge and practice of data visualisation, including these examples:

Recommended reading:

Links to free programmes:


Depending on your location, the time of the Learning Lab will be:

7:00am Washington DC
12:00pm London
1:00pm Geneva
2:00pm Johannesburg
3:00pm Kampala/Mwanza
5:30pm New Delhi/Bangalore

To take part in this month’s Learning Lab, register here.

Autism and Vaccines Infographic: Form meets Function

autism_vaccines_infographicThis infographic published on Upworthy  is a great example of form meets function.  It is an advocacy piece that uses great visuals to tell a scientific story that has unfolded over the past 15 years.   There is a lot of information in here:  background on scientific studies, data on vaccine preventable deaths, attitudes about vaccines, debunking of common vaccine myths, and data supporting the decline of infant deaths with the increase in vaccinations worldwide.  With all these pieces, it could be a very dense scientific article, an op-ed, or a policy brief.  Instead, the infographic is designed with strong icons, well selected data points, and clear text.   It reads like a magazine, but with the factual punch of 15 years worth of published scientific papers.  And it’s going viral, which happens to very few scientific papers.