Webcast of Telling Stories with Data

What good is open data if we don’t know how to find and use it? The digital age has ushered in new opportunities to better understand our communities and demand accountability from our governments. In an intensive two-day master class, digital publishing expert Phillip Smith introduced some of the “working with data” tricks he has learned in over 15 years working with advocacy organizations, publishers and groups such as Civic Access and the Electoral Data Consortium. UBC iSchool graduate students Josh Rose and Jonathan Kift attended the two-day class, and summarized what they learned in a presentation to UBC librarians on how organizations make sense of data and how to use data to tell compelling stories. Introduction by Gordon Yusko, Assistant Director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. A video of the presentation is available at

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