Workshop: Creative Data Storytelling 101

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Event Location: 
474 Van Allen Hall, UI Campus
30 N. Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA 52242
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Looking for creative ways to present data, empower communities, and make your case? Data storytelling connects numbers and analysis to people in evocative, meaningful ways. In this four-hour workshop led by Catherine D’Ignazio, Assistant Professor of Civic Media and Data Visualization at Emerson College, you will learn the basics of data analysis and visualization using a range of methods and engaging in creative, hands-on activities. These include:

  • Creative examples: What do artists and humanists do with data?
  • Data visualization: How to critique an infographic.
  • Data sourcing: The winding path to the numbers you need.
  • Quantitative text analysis: Finding stories by counting words.
  • Spreadsheet analysis: Columns are the beginning of questions.
  • Network analysis: Connections are data, too.

In the process, you will learn to use four online data storytelling tools and engage in critical data literacy activities that you can adapt and use in your own classroom or workplace to teach others about data storytelling. No prior experience is necessary, and people from creative, non-quantitative backgrounds are welcome.

Pre-registration is required. 

Catherine D’Ignazio, Assistant Professor of Civic Media and Data Visualization at Emerson College, Principal Investigator at the Emerson Engagement Lab, and Research Affiliate with MIT Media Lab, is a researcher, designer, and software developer whose work focuses on making data and data-driven storytelling more accessible, inclusive, and empowering. D’Ignazio has co-developed a suite of tools for data literacy ( and is currently working with the Public Laboratory for Technology and Science to explore the possibilities for journalistic storytelling with DIY environmental sensors. Her art and design projects have won awards from the Tanne Foundation,, and the LEF Foundation. Her art and design has been exhibited at the Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology, Museo d’Antiochia of Medellin, and the Venice Biennial.