Assignment #2: Visualize Some Data

Gather some information approved by the instructors and create a visual narrative from it. Show the result to at least three people and ask them about their impressions.

Feel free to be creative.

If you choose to use the StepGreen API, you will need to follow the instructions here to get access to it. Additional documentation on the stepgreen blog (chapters 2-4) describes how you can write a piece of software that accesses the API (which gives you lots of flexibility in how to use StepGreen's data). An alternative is to simply use the API documents and follow instructions to download the portion of the data available that way.

See the 2010 Assignment #2 page (bottom) for some examples of what last year's student did.

AS A GROUP you should:
  • Step one: By 2/2 send three possible data sources to us USING BLACKBOARD
  • Step two: Create your narrative
  • Step three: Show it to at least three people and talk to them about it
  • Step four: your presentation for the critique on 2/11
    • General overview of what you did
      • Be sure to talk about the data set you chose (and why)
      • Be sure to talk about the narrative you created and why chose your visualization
      • Be sure  how people responded to it
      • Walk us through your process
      • Anything else you think is really important
  • By 2/13 Post to the 2011 Accomplishments "blog" with a brief writeup including at least one image of what you did.
By 2/11, EACH PERSON in your group should write up a single page documenting what you did and what you learned from it. Objectively reflect on your group's project and answer the following questions:
  • Why do you think it worked or did not work?
  • What other visualizations did you consider? If you had other ideas, this is your chance to explain it.
  • What would you do differently the next time?
  • Rate each person you worked with by name based on how much they contributed (more than others (+), less than others (-), or about the same as others (=)). An average rating will be reported back to each person privately after the first 4 assignments are done and will affect your grade if it is consistently less than others (-).

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