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Wednesday, January 30 • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Designing Effective Visualizations with R

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The right presentation of data can make even complex ideas simple to grasp. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to build up an effective visualization from the primitives of shape, size, and color. No prior programming experience is required. This workshop will teach you the essential data-wrangling skills you need to move beyond the spreadsheet and into more efficient data analysis and more beautiful information design. Everyone who attends will leave being able to scrape data from the web, load it into R, create a simple yet elegant visualization, then publish their work so that others can reproduce it. Essentials of data preparation and reproducible workflows will be emphasized and several real-world examples and case studies will be discussed.

So that we don't kill the wifi downloading everything all at once, participants should bring a laptop with RStudio installed.
Please also install the packages we'll use by executing the command: install.packages(c(”ggplot2”, “XML”,” tm", “RCurl“)) in RStudio

You may also want to download and install Google Refine


  • Introduction to visualization techniques (why good presentation matters, how it can increase the impact of your work in research or scientific communication, basics of infographic design)

  • Introduction to R (why R and not a spreadsheet, reproducible workflows, getting familiar with the GUI, setting up the environment, loading data, understanding vectors, loading packages)

  • Learning the grammar of graphics (ggplot2, aesthetics, scatterplots, histograms)

  • Finding sources of data online (databases, APIs, data brokers, other resources)

  • Cleaning up data (data wrangler, Refine, Freebase)

  • Case studies(visual.ly, Guardian, NYT)

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William Gunn

Director of Scholarly Communications, Mendeley
Dr. William Gunn is the Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley, a research management tool for collaboration and discovery. Dr. Gunn attended Tulane University as a Louisiana Board of Regents Fellow, receiving his Ph.D in Biomedical Science from the Center for Gene Therapy at Tulane... Read More →

Wednesday January 30, 2013 1:00pm - 4:30pm

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