Lorin Bruckner: Virtual Lectures & Workshops

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Data Visualization in Libraries (for data visualization classes)

Length: 1 hour
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This purpose of this lecture is to provide students with examples of data visualizations that are created in a professional setting. I will talk about various projects in which I have collaborated with researchers across domains, and demonstrate interactive dashboards I have created for library administration.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize how data visualization is incorporated with academic library services.
  • Explore examples of visualizations created by a librarian in collaboration with students, faculty and staff.
  • Discuss challenges in meeting project/user requirements and how they can be tackled.
  • Discuss the benefits and limitations of various data visualization tools used in a professional setting.

Data Visualization in Libraries (for library classes)

Length: 1 hour
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Why are Data Visualization services offered in academic libraries? What does a Data Visualization Librarian actually do? This lecture explores the role of data visualization in research, introduces and explains various types of visualizations, and provides examples of data visualization questions I am asked by researchers on a daily basis. It includes ample time for questions and discussion.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the role of data visualization in modern research.
  • Identify various types of visualizations and the tools needed to create them.
  • Define the Research Data Lifecycle and explain its integration with library services.

Data Visualization Tools & Resources

Length: 30 minutes
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This short lecture discusses various data visualization tools, ways in which they are used for research, and how they can be accessed. The methods and resources featured in this lecture can also be found on the Learn Data Viz website.

Learning Objectives

  • Define data visualization and its role in research.
  • Identify various types of visualizations (Qualitative, Quantitative, Mapping, Networks, etc.) and the tools associated with them.
  • Determine where to get training and support for data visuliazation.

Let’s Make a Story Map with ArcGIS Online

Length: 1 hour
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ArcGIS Online is a popular web mapping platform. The ArcGIS Story Maps feature allows users to make informative, map-based web pages without any coding. Examples can be found here.

This hands-on workshop introduces the ArcGIS Story Maps tool. Participants are guided step-by-step in creating a small Story Map. If your course requires students to complete a Story Map project, this workshop is an ideal way to learn and practice using the tool.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize how Story Maps communicate complex information while engaging the audience.
  • Practice various ways of adding data to a map in ArcGIS Online.
  • Import an ArcGIS Online map into Story Maps.
  • Add images, text, videos and links to a Story Map.
  • Add animation and interactivity through the Sidecar feature.

Requirements

  • Participants must have a UNC ONYEN and password in order to access ArcGIS Online.

Making an Impact With Data Visualization

Length: 1 - 1.5 hours
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Collecting data is now easier than it has ever been. But, as data becomes more prolific, datasets become larger and more complex. How do we find meaningful patterns in our data? How can we communicate those patterns to others? Data visualization allows us to make sense of today’s ever evolving information landscape. This lecture introduces the history and basic principles of data visualization. Learn about best practices and resources for making an impact with your data through compelling charts, graphs, and maps.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the preattentive process and how it affects visual perception.
  • Critically evaluate the accuracy and quality of visualizations encountered in daily life.
  • Implement best practices when creating visualizations.

Tableau I (Synchronous or Asynchronous)

Length: 1.5 - 2 hours (Synchronous), 0.5 - 1 hour (Asynchronous)
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Tableau is a user-friendly software application for creating visualizations and interactive dashboards. Examples can be found here.

Tableau’s drag-and-drop interface provides tools to build a variety of visualizations with no coding required, and visualizations can be published online and embedded in websites. In this workshop, participants will create basic visualizations and an interactive dashboard in Tableau.

Synchronous Version

In the synchronous version, I will guide participants in real time as they follow a series of visualization exercises that will help them become acclimated to the Tableau interface. This version of the workshop typically takes longer to complete in a virtual environment.

Asynchronous Version

In a virtual environment, hands-on workshops can be difficult. Attendees must watch the virtual presentation in one window while trying to follow along in another window, which can be a challenge for those with small screens. This asynchronous alternative requires attendees to view and follow an instructional video prior to the workshop. Then, during the workshop, attendees can ask questions and receive help on the exercises they completed.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize how data should be set up before it can be used in Tableau.
  • Demonstrate competence in using the Tableau interface.
  • Create bar charts, scatter plots, line charts, maps and dashboards.
  • Use filters, measures and dual axes.
  • Publish and share visualizations online.

Requirements

Tableau II (Synchronous or Asynchronous)

Length: 1.5 - 2 hours (Synchronous), 0.5 - 1 hour (Asynchronous)
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This workshop continues to explore methods used in creating visualizations and dashboards as introduced in Tableau I.

Synchronous Version

In the synchronous version, I will guide participants in real time as they follow a series of visualization exercises that will help them become acclimated to the Tableau interface. This version of the workshop typically takes longer to complete in a virtual environment.

Asynchronous Version

In a virtual environment, hands-on workshops can be difficult. Attendees must watch the virtual presentation in one window while trying to follow along in another window, which can be a challenge for those with small screens. This asynchronous alternative requires attendees to view and follow an instructional video prior to the workshop. Then, during the workshop, attendees can ask questions and receive help on the exercises they completed.

Learning Objectives

  • Combine multiple datasets in Tableau.
  • Use groups, sets, advanced maps, interactive menus and dashboard actions.

Requirements

Working With Infographics

Length: 1 - 1.5 hours
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Data visualization is an important tool for communicating complex information, but academic presentations of data can be difficult for some audiences. Infographics are a style of data visualization that is more accessible to a non-academic audience. This lecture provides practical tips for creating infographics and invites critical discussion of examples.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the basic characteristics of infographics.
  • Critically evaluate the quality and accuracy of infographics encountered in daily life.
  • Implement fundamental design principals and data best practices when creating infographics.