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Introduction to Data Storytelling

"The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight."
- Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of HP

About This Course

Data is everywhere! But data is only useful if it can tell us a story and provide insight into our world. In this course, learn how to be a data storyteller and translate raw, messy data into useful, beautiful, true insights.

This course will introduce the learner to the fundamentals of data storytelling. The course is broken down into four sections:

  • Data Storytelling - Learn why data storytelling is important...and how to identify bad and misleading storytelling.
  • Data Cleaning - Learn how to understand a data set, and to use common tools to turn a messy data set into something that you can analyze.
  • Data Interpretation - Learn how to transform a raw data set into something that tells a story, using common spreadsheet techniques.
  • Data Visualization - A picture tells a thousand words! Take your insights and display them as easy-to-understand charts.

This course is completely on demand. You can enroll, start, stop, complete it at any time. Learners who successfully pass can earn a free digital certificate.

Many thanks Data Visualization for All, School of Data, Open Election Data Initiative, European Data Science Academy, and Open Knowledge International for their contributions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What materials are required?

You will need a free Google account and access to Google Sheets to do the exercises in this course.

What web browser should I use?

The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 9 and above.

See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.

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