IMPRS-gBGC workshop 'Data Visualisation: Principles and Applications'

The role of data visualisation in exploring and explaining data.

The scientist has the job of using visualisation

to not only explore their own data,

but also to explain it to their readers.

(From the workshop handbook).

1.  Time & place

The training is conducted over 2 full days.

November, 04-05, 2013 (Monday - Tuesday)
MPI for Biogeochemistry, seminar room B0.002


2.  The instructors


3.  The class

3.1  Description

(prepared by science craft)

This two-day workshop enables the participants to effectively create figures that add impact to their publications. The workshop is divided into two one-day modules: Principles and Applications. On the first day, the Principles module will focus on topics such as understanding the purpose of a figure, choosing the most appropriate plot type, and the science of perception. On the second day, the Applications module will focus on the practical implementation of data visualisation principles using the R statistical programming environment. Different graphics packages, including interactive graphics and non-standard graphics, will be discussed. Reusable “cook book” code, that participants can easily implement after the course, will be provided.

The workshop material includes a reference book prepared by Rick and Brian.


3.2  Preparation

Participants are asked to provide a simple visualisation of their own results that will be used as a teaching example during the first day of the workshop. To take full advantage of the Applications module on the second day, participants should already be proficient with R i.e. they should understand data types, importing/exporting data, creating functions and using packages, plus R-specific programming functions, e.g. apply, and the base-package plot function.

You can learn these skills in the R basics course offered in the mornings of September 30 - October 02, 2013.

Students should bring their own computers with the following cross-platform software pre-installed.


3.3  Contact

For further details on the content of the course, the instructor can be contacted directly:

Dr. Rick Scavetta,

For logistic matters (including registration issues), please contact the IMPRS office.

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