October 2013

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Data Visualisation:
Storytelling by numbers

A joint meeting of the RSS Social Statistics Section and ASC

10th October 2013 at 5pm with tea/coffee available from 4.30pm
Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London EC1Y 8LX


Alan Smith, Office for National Statistics Data Visualisation Centre
Tobias Sturt & Emma Whitehead, the Guardian Digital Agency

Data visualisation and data-driven storytelling have the power to democratise complex information and engage varied audiences in complex and challenging stories and content. Alan Smith of the ONS Data Visualisation Centre spoke on using visualisation to redefine the audience and outreach of official statistics. Tobias Sturt and Emma Whitehead from the Guardian’s Digital Agency discussed some of the principles of effective data storytelling and explored best practice examples to inspire and inform your own approaches to data visualisation.

This was the first joint meeting of the RSS Social Statistics Section and the ASC following ASC being granted observer status to the RSS Statistics User Forum. This event, covering issues of mutual interest, provided an opportunity for questioning and discussion for this important development area for the presentation of social and other statistics.