Free Online Data Training


Data visualization basic training; from spreadsheet to data mapping. kdmcBerkeley is offering four free online training courses in data journalism. You'll learn basic data visualization skills, from spreadsheets to data mapping.

Each of the four one-hour long courses builds upon the other; register for all four sessions or choose the session that best meets your needs. Each course is offered twice, once at 10am PST and then again at 1pm PST. Registration is limited to the first 200 participants per session and registration for all four courses is now open.

Spreadsheet Basics (Completed)

February 20, Wednesday at 10:00am-11:00am or 1:00pm-2:00pm

Get started in data journalism with the basics of spreadsheets. This interactive, instructor led workshop introduces the essential skills necessary for working with spreadsheets. The workshop is also available as an on-line tutorial.

Key Takeaways:

  • Knowledge of and working with the main components of a spreadsheet: cells, rows, columns
  • How to enter data into a spreadsheet
  • Use of formulas to perform simple mathematical calculations
  • Working with functions in large datasets

  • Introduction to Data Visualization

    February 27, Wednesday at 10:00am-11:00am or 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Examine visualization techniques for illustrating data.

    Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding the impact of data on storytelling
  • How varying mediums require different storytelling techniques
  • Key skills for communicating data effectively

  • Communicating with Maps

    March 13, Wednesday at 10:00am-11:00pm or 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Understand the use of maps as an effective medium in storytelling.

    Key Takeaways:

  • The basic elements of a map, including location, context and hierarchy.
  • Explore how different map types communicate distinctly unique information.
  • Techniques for creating effective maps

  • Introduction to Data Mapping

    March 18, Monday at 10:00am-11:00am or 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Learn how Geographical Information Systems (GIS) can transform data into visually descriptive maps.

    Key Takeaways:

  • Learn critical GIS mapping concepts
  • Get an introduction to QGIS, a free, open source GIS program.
  • Resources for obtaining public GIS data

  • Online Instruction

    All online instruction will be led by Len De Groot, kdmcBerkeley's Interactive Design and Data Instructor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

    System Requirements

    Visit our sponsor at Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation