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Communicating with Data: Digital Data Resources

Author(s): Anna Monfils1, Debra Linton1

Central Michigan University

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Summary:
Students access, clean, configure, and standardize a dataset and create a relevant and scientifically valid data visualization to communicate science.

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 The task is to access, clean, configure, and standardize a dataset for utility, then create a relevant and scientifically valid data visualization to communicate science. 

This is designed as part of a larger group research project, where a research team works together on a larger question and a group infographic; for the infographic each student identifies a specific data resource to investigate. This could be modified for stand alone individual assignment.

Students completing this series of exercises can:

  • Investigate existing data resources
  • Access appropriate data resources
  • Clean, configure and standardize a dataset
  • Critically evaluate information derived from a dataset
  • Analyze and visualize data for effective communication of science

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