For readers who are interested in using data visualization but are uncertain of how to get started, this short beginner's guide by the data visualization platform Tableau (whose free product was featured in the 11-17-2017 Scout Report) offers a good jumping-off point. In concise and approachable language, Tableau begins by explaining the importance and value of effective data visualization from both a communication and career perspective, characterizing it as "a delicate balancing act between form and function." The article includes links to resources for numerous examples of data visualization in action, both as contemporary web-based models and as historical paper-based graphics drawn by hand. It also includes a list of visualization types to indicate the wide variety of available possibilities. Perhaps most helpful is the article's final section, which discusses ways to learn more about creating data visualizations. Here, readers will find links to Tableau's recommended learning resources, including their favorite data visualization blogs, books on theory and practice, and free training videos offered by Tableau. The platform also notes that "good data visualization theory and skills will transcend specific tools and products."
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