In the dynamic world of data analysis, unlocking the potential of data relies heavily on effective visualization. Data Visualisation serves as an invaluable resource, leading users through seven crucial topics organized by increasing complexity. It stands as a valuable asset for individuals seeking to harness the power of data visualization in their analytical endeavours.

Exploring the topics

Embark on a comprehensive exploration of data visualization through three distinct pathways. The first, thematic links, opens the door to a diverse array of topics and subtopics via the table of contents. From colour theory and typography to storytelling and pitfalls in statistics, this approach ensures a holistic understanding of essential concepts. For those with specific queries, the search functionality provides a swift avenue to pinpoint relevant information, be it on line charts, fonts, tools, colors, or any other related term. Lastly, the guide invites users to undertake a structured learning journey through sequential navigation, allowing for a step-by-step immersion into the intricacies of data visualization. Each page seamlessly links to the next, ensuring a cohesive and enriching educational experience.

Main topics

This comprehensive guide begins with five topics tailored for both beginners and advanced users, followed by two in-depth subjects designed for the more experienced data analysts. Users can explore the guide in three ways: through thematic links, searching for specific topics, or following the sequential pages:

  • Design Principles: learn about graphic design, visual hierarchy, chart elements, and other essential design principles that form the foundation of effective data visualization.
  • Data Storytelling: understand the importance of storytelling in conveying insights, including cognitive load, chart titles, visual annotations, and narrative visualisation genres.
  • Pitfalls: Explore common pitfalls in metadata, statistics, data, dataviz scales, colors, chart types, cartography, and ethical considerations in data visualization.
  • Dataviz in Practice: gain practical insights into data file formats, structures, geographical data, data cleaning, online graphics, reproducing visualizations, design tricks, and the tools available.
  • Chart Types: delve into specific chart types, such as bar charts, pie charts, line charts, scatter plots, time series, distributions, hierarchies, networks, uncertainty visualization, high data density visualizations, text visualizations, maps, and data visualization galleries.
  • Accessibility: learn the essentials of accessibility, including color blindness considerations, creating understandable visualizations, HTML basics, responsive data visualization, accessible interactivity, and tools for ensuring accessibility.
  • Grammar of Graphics: explore the fundamental principles of the Grammar of Graphics, covering building blocks, tidy data, geometric objects, aesthetics, scales, guides, facets, theming, and practical applications.



Source : European Digital Skills & Jobs Platform


Digital technology / specialisation

  • Big Data

Digital skill level

  • Advanced
  • Digital Expert

Geographic Scope - Country

  • European Union

Type of initiative

EU institutional initiative

Target audience

  • Digital skills for ICT professionals and other digital experts.

Target language

  • English



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Supporting documents

Target group

  • High Achievers

Skills resource type

Other training material