BOSTON — This afternoon at the Online News Association conference, Associated Press interactives producer Michelle Minkoff and WNYC’s data news director John Keefe held a hands-on, learn-by-doing session about creating quick data visualizations on a newsroom deadline.
Using free, open source tools and data sets, the barrier to entry for creating usable visualizations is lower than ever.
Michelle showed the audience how to make an interactive chart that graphs crime data using Google Chart Tools. She posted a full tutorial on her website and the downloadable source code for the visualization. Here are the key links you need to build a chart yourself:
- Michelle’s full tutorial
- A sample data set to use
- The source files (.zip)
- The extensive list of links from Michelle and other resources