Telling a story with a graph

Making statistical data understandable and usable is one of the fundamental principles for producers of official data. Visualisation plays a big role in this and visualisation topics belong to the most intensively discussed. But as more and more specialists become involved the graphs also get more and more sophisticated and need explanations. Many people do not have the time and are not willing to study these explanations so that these graphs risk to get overlooked.

A very well made example of reducing complex data to an easily understandable interactive graph can be found in the NY Times’ website. This graph tells the story of how people spend their day. Its source is the annual American Time Use Survey, which asks thousands of residents to recall the moments of a single day.

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A text story to this focussing on unemployment can be found here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/02/business/02metrics.html

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