Once Upon a Time: From Data to Stories

Tuesday, March 7 | 11:35 am - 12:15 pm

The word “stories” has become synonymous with visualizing and presenting data. But contrary to what most people actually mean, most of us do not tell stories when we visualize data. In this talk, Jon investigates how we define storytelling and contrasts it with a definition of storytelling to demonstrate how most of us are not really telling stories with data. Drawing on a variety of sources, he distinguishes storytelling from narration and annotation. He then examines how different fields use—or fail to use—stories in their analysis, and why and how they should do so.


Jonathan Schwabish

Senior Fellow, Urban Institute