There is increasing pressure in the public sector to turn huge pools of available data into effective communications. When presented in the right way, data is a powerful way to drive action with internal stakeholders and external audiences.

Digital tools allow us to create interactive visualisations of data that audiences can manipulate and explore, enabling a greater understanding of the data than a simple visualisation will allow.

This Creating Interactive Data Visualisations course introduces you to the tools and techniques needed to turn raw data into interactive resources, online dashboards and other dynamic presentations.

Who will this course benefit?

This course is for anyone who is currently, or soon to be working with online dashboards or other interactive visualisations, and wants an overview of techniques, approaches and real-world best practice examples. It is particularly suited to people who have already attended our Effective Data Visualisation course, although background reading can be provided to those who haven’t.

You should be comfortable working with data and formulas, but no prior coding knowledge is required. The course is intended as an introduction to this subject area and includes a mix of hands-on exercises, formal tuition and group discussion.

This course uses JavaScript tools and libraries, but the principles and approaches taught will be applicable to other software, platforms or languages.

09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Trainer's Introduction and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:30

An Introduction to Interactives and JavaScript

  • Similarities and differences
  • Best practice examples and common pitfalls
10:30 - 11:15

Planning an Interactive

  • Tailoring the approach for the audience and context
  • Identifying the necessary layers, filters and interaction
  • Best use cases for different types of charts and graphs
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:15

Introducing JavaScript Tools

  • Understanding what JavaScript does and how it relates to other tools
  • How to read JavaScript and make changes
  • Manipulating charts using Highcharts
12:15 - 13:00

Building a Visualisation

  • Adapting charts and graphs from the Highcharts library
  • Common problems and how to trouble-shoot them
  • Importing data sets and using live data
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Using Interaction to Add Meaning

  • Storytelling and surfacing information only when the user needs it
  • Using framing and comparison points to guide the viewer
  • Adding annotations and additional information
15:00 - 15:15

Afternoon Break

15:15 - 16:00

Refining Visualisations

  • Using design tricks to highlight the key messages
  • Explaining methodologies and complexity without losing impact
  • Accessing more complex languages, libraries and tools
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation and Close

Alan Rutter

Data Visualisation Expert

Alan Rutter is a journalist, digital consultant, product owner and trainer. He oversaw the iPad edition launches of Wired, GQ,…

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Central Edinburgh

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A: Yes, a two-course hot buffet is served at lunch. Tea and coffee are served throughout the day.

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A: Yes, all our venues have the latest technology, offer full audio visual support and WI-FI.

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