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23

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Fun for Data Lovers: Two Interactive Data Visualizations

Posted by on December 23rd, 2015 0 comments

‘Tis the season of gift-giving and who doesn’t love getting toys during the holidays? So we want to give our readers links to two fun data visualizations to play with over the holidays. Both were designed by David McCandless at Information is Beautiful. Snake Oil Superfoods summarizes the evidence (or lack thereof) for health claims about foods… Read More »

Posted in: Data Visualization, News

Dec

18

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Dashboards for Your Library? Here Are Some Examples

Posted by on December 18th, 2015 0 comments

Last week’s blog post was about using Excel to make data dashboards. As Cindy pointed out a dashboard is “a reporting format that allows stakeholders to view and interact with program or organizational data, exploring their own questions and interests.” What can that mean for your library? What does a library data dashboard look like?… Read More »

Posted in: Data Analysis, Data Visualization, News

Dec

11

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Excel Dashboards at Chandoo.org

Posted by on December 11th, 2015 0 comments

Chandoo.org is a website that excels at Excel.  More specifically, it provides an extensive collection of resources to help the rest of us use Excel effectively.  There’s something for everyone at this website, whether you’re a basic or advanced user. Today, however. I want to specifically talk about Chandoo.org’s resources on building data dashboards with… Read More »

Posted in: Data Visualization, News

Dec

03

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Measuring What Matters in Your Social Media Strategy

Posted by on December 3rd, 2015 0 comments

We’re all trying to find ways to improve evaluation of our social media efforts. It’s fun to count the number of retweets, and the number of ‘likes’ warms our hearts.  But there’s a nagging concern to evaluators – are these numbers meaningful? Your intrepid OERC Team, Cindy and Karen, attended a program at the American… Read More »

Posted in: Data Analysis, News

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25

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Take The Pie, Leave The Pie Chart

Posted by on November 25th, 2015 0 comments

Evaluation and data visualization folks may disagree on the best pie to serve at Thanksgiving dinner.  Pumpkin?  Pecan?  A nice silk pie made with chocolate liqueur and tofu? (Thank you, Alton Brown.) You see, the whole point of charts is to give people an instantaneous understanding of your findings.  Your readers can easily discern differences… Read More »

Posted in: Data Visualization, News

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