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Data is social

Dr William Allen | The Migration Observatory, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography        

What makes us social animals in a digital and networked age? One possible answer is being active on social media which produces information and data. Another answer might be viewing and consuming other people’s information and data. Even though these answers seem to suggest that data has a lot of power in itself, the fact is most of us ordinary social animals actually see data in visual ways—through visualisations and infographics. So, in this Soundbite we’ll explore how to make sense of visualisations. Because knowing how to do this is a key skill for being a social animal in a 21st century, digital, networked world!

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Dr William Allen

Visit the Seeing Data website

The Migration Observatory

Twitter: @williamlallen@Seeing_Data@MigObs

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We are grateful to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for their support through the University of Oxford’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.

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