Data storytelling struck a chord with the data industry when Tom Davenport, of Competing on Analytics fame, gave it his blessing two years ago. Storytelling was a data scientist’s most important function, he said. Enthusiasts responded with columns, papers, and blog posts — but most of it did little more than echo Tom.
Fine, we agree that data storytelling is a good thing. But we still have scant observation of the actual practice of data storytelling — hard, direct evidence of what has worked, what hasn’t, which tools work, which career paths produce good practitioners, and other questions. I don’t even see consensus yet on what a data story is.… Read the rest “Data storytelling: promoted but barely researched”