Building digital capability

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We know that digital capabilities are essential skills in helping us thrive both personally and professionally. This session will provide an opportunity to find out more about tools and resources that can help you to self-assess your digital capabilities, identify strengths and areas for further development, and access resources to help you develop further.

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You, me, and data

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Data analysis is becoming an integral part of our daily lives. While some of us are still afraid to dive into data science, others diligently learn to use it.

This session will be presented by Olga Pexídrová and Eric Herz. Olga and Eric are students of International Business and Emerging Markets at the University of Edinburgh Business School. Together they would like to share their experience of learning data and the importance they see in it as young professionals.

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Sketchpad colouring book workshop

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Want to learn a new skill? And possibly contribute to the We Have Great Stuff Colouring Book?

In this workshop we will be creating beautiful digital illustrations ready for colouring inspired by University of Edinburgh (UoE) buildings and the amazing treasures held in the Centre for Research Collections (CRC).

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How to design a course online using ABC

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In this workshop you will learn what is meant by ‘ABC’ and find out how this supports course design.

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OER – Creative Commons quick start: A short introduction to using Creative Commons licences

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If you’re new to Creative Commons licences or simply need a quick refresher, this Quick Start 30 minute information session will provide a brief introduction to Creative Commons, covering all the main licence types, and show you how to quickly and easily apply CC licences to content in Learn, Media Hopper Create and blogs.

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Supporting CAHSS researchers through digital skills training: The CDCS example

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This 1-hour session will discuss the different aspects of the digital skills training that The Centre for Data, Culture & Society (CDCS) is currently offering, and the plans it has for the future.

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Learning together with Noteable

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During this one-hour workshop we will introduce both Jupyter notebooks as a medium and the Noteable service as a platform to enable learners to be actively engaged in and learn alongside instructors in both distance and in-person environments.

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Wikimedia in Scotland

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This presentation and end of year CELEBRATION event discusses the efforts of the ScotWiki community and the Wikimedia residency at the University of Edinburgh; highlighting its efforts working with Wikipedia both as an ally in its mission to disseminate verifiable open knowledge and an important tool in its information literacy and digital skills strategy.

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Digital Self-Care: Being A Woman Online

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This webinar is being presented by The Empower Project, an Edinburgh based charity supporting communities to end gender based violence.

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Effective networking on LinkedIn

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This workshop is aimed at those with a LinkedIn Profile who are looking to maximise their outcomes on the platform.

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Digital safety and citizenship for students

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As we’re all spending more time online in the new hybrid learning environment, it’s more important than ever to take ownership of your digital safety and use technology responsibly. This one-hour webinar introduces you to the concept of digital citizenship and takes you through steps you can take to keep yourself, and those around you, safe online.

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Securing digital events and meetings

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This session aims to help us all protect ourselves to the greatest extent possible from similar attacks, and we hope it will provide some reassurance to all who want to feel more secure communicating and running events online.

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Information Security: Hacking Humans

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This hour long online session looks at social engineering, the manipulation of the natural human tendency to trust, and how cyber criminals use techniques to scam people out of credentials and data.

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Information Security: How hackers attack

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This fifty minute online session looks at the techniques cyber criminals use to infiltrate organisations. A number of real world ploys are discussed along with advice on how to protect yourself from compromise

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Transactional Distance: Moderating discussion boards to engage a community

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Transactional Distance can cause student experience, satisfaction, course engagement and completion to plummet according to varied research and work done at the University of Edinburgh. To find out more about how you can recognise and address this issue join our workshop. By the end of this session, you will understand the idea of transactional distance and create a more engaging experience for your student.

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How to write Intended Learning Outcomes

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In this workshop you will learn what is meant by an Intended Learning Outcome (ILO) and discover the essential qualities of a ‘well written’ ILO.

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How to Create an Online Course: Readability test

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Discover tools to help you successfully create an engaging online learning course that shows off your expertise.

In this interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to the How to Create an Online Course facilitated by the University’s Online Course Production Service. This workshop will serve as a taster for the short online course running in June 2021 on FutureLearn.

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ABC Learning Design Online

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An overview of the ABC Learning Design process, how we run workshops to design courses with both large and small teams, and the way these workshops now work online. We will share feedback from participants of the ABC LD Online process.

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Introduction to LinkedIn Learning

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LinkedIn Learning is the world’s leading online learning platform, providing users with access to over 250,000 videos and 15,000 courses in business, creative and technical skills. During this short webinar, you’ll learn more about the service including how to create your free account, search for content and share with others.

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Introduction to Collaborate Ultra

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This course provides a practical introduction to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra virtual meeting and classroom software and is aimed at staff who will be running Collaborate sessions.

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Developing your Digital Skills

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Do you want to update your digital skills but aren’t sure where to start?

This interactive online workshop is based on the University’s Digital Skills Framework, a tool to help staff and students evaluate their current levels of digital capability, reflect on development needs, plan their development path and find resources to help develop their skills.

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Accessibility tips for online content: Legal requirements and practical tips

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An introduction into the accessibility of online content – advice on how to make online content accessible and information on legal requirements around online content and accessibility.

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Social media and apps: managing your online identity

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This information session will provide useful advice on creating an effective online identity when using social media and apps.

This session is particularly important for staff and students working in professional settings, who also need to comply with social media guidelines set out by professional bodies e.g. Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, General Medical Council etc.

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Principles of creating effective digital content

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Learn how to engage your digital audiences through good practice in writing and structuring information for digital platforms. You will find out how to get your critical information noticed, make your content more accessible, improve your search engine rankings and meet data protection legislation. 60 minutes.

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Accessibility tools for digital design

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This webinar is being presented by Emily Fraser, Design Director at 8 Million Stories, an Edinburgh based digital agency.

This short presentation will cover the basics of accessibility in digital design as well as outlining some useful ways to implement accessibility within the design process. The session will cover the use of tools such as Sketch and Figma and show how 8 Million Stories, as an agency, integrate this into their workflow.

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How to use persona to improve design of student & staff experience

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Learn what is meant by a persona and see how they can be applied in a design context.

During the session, you’ll build a simple persona for a given context and explore ways of using this to address accessibility and inclusion. 

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How to facilitate highly interactive online workshops

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Discover the essentials to enabling interaction online.

In this workshop we’ll explore how to select the appropriate tools for an activity, consider ways to cope when things don’t go to plan and learn how to plan timings.

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Library Bitesize: Publishing your journal article

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Unsure where to get started with publishing your article in a journal?

Join us to find out what editors and publishers look for and how you can best prepare yourself for the world of academic publishing. From market research to the relevance of the Impact Factor, article preparation to submission guidelines, and self-promotion to publication and beyond, this session focuses on the first and future steps to publishing your research.

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Introduction to Zoom video conferencing

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This webinar is aimed at those who are new to the University’s Zoom video-conferencing service for informal, non-confidential meetings, collaboration with external colleagues, and, where required, for facilitating University research.

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Getting started with Microsoft Teams

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Join us for an online introduction to using Microsoft Teams – a hub for audio or video calling, scheduled group meetings, conversations and chat. Microsoft Teams is available to everyone in the University via Office 365. It helps you collaborate effectively online with your own team and with colleagues across the University and elsewhere.

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More power! Scaling up your research computing, how, when, and why

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From geology to literature, genomics to law, academic research is increasingly utilising larger and larger digitised datasets, and with these comes the potential need to use more powerful computers. But how do you decide when to scale up from working solely on your own laptop, and what should you consider in the process?

This short session will cover the key questions to ask yourself, consider what impact increased computing power could have on your day-to-day research workflow, discuss access to shared high-performance computing clusters here at the University of Edinburgh, and provide pointers to where you can go for more help.

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User Experience design: What it is and how it can help you?

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User experience (or UX) design is an innovative discipline that embraces common design problems and focuses on ways to solve them. It encourages thoughtful digital creation and helps make things easier and better for everyone to use. This session will cover the fundamentals of UX design, show you how to apply them, and illustrate the benefits of working in a user-centred way.

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Introduction to Tinkercad

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Tinkercad is a free, cloud-saving, browser-based software that is a perfect introduction to 3D modelling for complete beginners. This workshop will run through basic controls and operation, followed by some more advanced tips and tricks – it will also touch on modelling for 3D printing. The session will end with some Q&A time for questions or discussion about your own projects.

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Introduction to Inkscape

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Inkscape is a free, professional-quality vector graphic design software that is great for creating artwork such as logos, app icons, cartoons, and even more. It can also be used to prepare images for cutting and engraving on the laser cutter.

This introductory workshop will cover what vector graphics are, navigating the interface, using basic tools and creating your own artwork! The session will end with some Q&A time or project discussion.

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Introduction to Fusion 360

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In this workshop, the basics of 3D modelling using Fusion 360, parametric design, assembly modelling and freeform modelling will be covered at a beginner level. The session will end with some Q&A time for questions or discussion about your own projects.

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Introduction to Blender

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Blender is a free and open-source software. It is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. Blender has a wide range of tools that allow you to model, animate, render and video edit, and because it’s easy to switch between these workflows, it’s a great tool to get started with. It is a good alternative to 3ds Max, MAYA, and Cinema 4D.

In this workshop, you will be familiarised with the interface, shortcuts, and basic operations. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to create basic 3D models of physical objects and render them.

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Introduction to Photogrammetry

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3DF Zephyr Free is software that is compatible with Windows. 3DF Zephyr Free is the free version of photogrammetry software for everyone. In this workshop, you will be familiarised with the interface, shortcuts, and basic operations.

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Introduction to Electronics

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Looking to learn some new skills? Join us for this small group interactive online workshop where you will learn about basic concepts in electronics, how to build simple electronic circuits, and how to use an Arduino to control electronic circuits!

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Create your own digital Escape Room

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Escape rooms are games in which an individual or a group of players cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms in order to progress and accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time.

This workshop will explore how these activities can be designed, created and offered in different online spaces. You do not need to have any prior experience as there will be an opportunity to explore existing resources before starting to build your own digital escape activities.

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Subtitling for media creators

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This webinar will introduce you to automated and manual methods you can use to add subtitles (closed captions) to video or audio files you have uploaded to Media Hopper Create, helping to make them accessible. We’ll also give advice on how to optimise your recordings to ensure the highest quality audio, and therefore the best possible automatic subtitles. 

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Adobe Spark: Create social graphics and webpages in minutes

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Adobe Spark is an integrated suite of media creation applications for mobile and web developed by Adobe. The suite comprises of three individual applications – Post, Page and Video, each of which are available on desktop and mobile devices.

During this 1.5 hour webinar open to all staff and students, you’ll be shown how to use Spark Post to effortlessly create stunning graphics ready to be posted to the web or social media channels such as Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Facebook. You’ll also learn how to produce your very own scrollable text-based story, perfect for newsletters or portfolios using Spark Page.

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Introduction to Audacity: Audio recording and editing

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Audacity is an easy to use, free, open-source audio editor you can use to produce high quality, consistent, voiceovers for videos and presentations, create podcasts and much more.

In this webinar, you’ll learn learn the basics of using Audacity to capture and edit voiceovers.

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Code Dojo

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This three-hour information Code Dojo event is designed to get people together to work on a problem in teams, then talk about possible solutions. It’s suitable for beginners and more advanced programmers. 

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Teaching data/AI ethics in various disciplinary contexts

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This presentation and Q&A will focus on teaching data ethics and AI ethics in various disciplinary contexts, and seeing data ethics as an increasingly essential component of data skills and literacy.

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Web of Science: Trusted discovery

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With the increase of predatory journals and fake articles, finding trusted peer reviewed articles can be a challenge. Using Clarivate’s Web of Science, this session will show you not only how to discover these publications but also how to quickly get an understanding of a research area, including who are the key contributors and which are the most influential.

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Managing your references using EndNote

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When doing research, or compiling a literature review, with so much information at your fingertips, managing it all can be a headache. Using a tool like EndNote can free up your time, leaving you to focus on the actual research.

During this 60 minute session, we will take you through a typical workflow and highlight the key product features that you can leverage to free up that time.

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Build your Staff profile online with EdWeb

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Find out how to create your own staff profile in EdWeb, with tips on integrating your PURE profile and advice on choosing and presenting your professional contact information.

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Introduction to Displaying 3D Content Online

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Online, interactive 3D can be a great way to showcase your 3D designs, CAD models, digital sculpts and 3D scans. This online workshop will guide you through the steps required to move from a static 3D model to a fully interactive 3D viewer.

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Hosting Online Events

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In this informal session, Lisa Otty (Centre for Data, Culture & Society) and Ben Fletcher-Watson (IASH) will share what they have learnt over the past year as they successfully moved their public events programmes online.  

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DIY Film School

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The session will include an introduction to film making basics such as framing a shot, lighting and audio. Additionally, we will look at how to get the best out of your smart device.

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Basic charts in Excel

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Charts in Excel are a popular way to graphically represent data sets. This is a short introductory demonstration on creating charts in Excel.

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Library Bitesize: Introduction to web archives

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What happens to information on the web when webpages are updated or taken offline?

This session presents the overarching concepts of web archives – what they are and why they matter. It looks at approaches and tools used to collect and preserve web content (such as websites and social media) and how archived web content can be accessed and used in research.

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Introduction to Data Science

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Introduction to Data Science is a short webinar designed to introduce the beginner to the exciting world of data science for staff and student learners.

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Library Bitesize: Check your source

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Students are often asked to read and cite academic, scholarly or peer-reviewed sources in their written work.

But what is an academic, scholarly or peer-reviewed source? How do you know that the information you find is appropriate for academic purposes?

This session will introduce you to different types of information source; how to search for and identify relevant sources and how to recognise or select resources appropriate to your subject or topic.

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Excel: Selected Functions

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This session is intended for people with some prior knowledge and experience of Excel. It comprises a demonstration on the If (logical function), Round and vlookup functions using Excel 2016 for the PC.

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Introduction to reference managers

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At University, you’ll be using a large number of documents in many different formats (e.g. journal article, book chapter, image, report, case law, conference proceedings etc.). Using a reference manager to collect, organise, annotate and cite these references can save you a lot of time, improve accuracy and help you structure your work.
This short session will introduce you to four reference managers: EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley and Citavi, all of which have free versions.

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Basic data visualisations

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Data Visualisations are a popular and effective way to graphically represent data sets. This is a short introductory presentation on why visualisations are useful and factors to consider when creating them.

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