Introduction to transparent data visualization

Another way social scientists can improve transparency in their research is to use good visual representations of their data. This can be especially useful when presenting large datasets or when trying to illustrate patterns that are more easily revealed in visualizations than in tables. Statistician and political scientist Edward Tufte is well known for his book The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, I discuss in detail over the next five videos. This first video introduces the concept of data visualization, as well as some of the principles Tufte puts forth as integral to figures’ and graphics’ transparency and effectiveness in research. He also considers ways in which data visualization can enhance readers’ understanding of data. As you go through this Activity, think about how you might incorporate these ideas and principles into your own work.