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How to spread transparency

In our final video, I discuss what we can do as scientists, publishers, and policymakers to encourage the spread of research transparency principles. Researchers must be convinced that the tools …

Trends in social science in the last 25 years

If social science is, in fact, experiencing a revolution, what changes have we seen? Economists Joshua Angrist of MIT and Jörn-Steffen Pischke of the London School of Economics identified some …

Making graphics more transparent and compelling

In “The Visual Display of Quantitative Data,” Edward Tufte called for improved visualization and graphic integrity. In “Visually-Weighted Regression,” Solomon Hsiang presents a specific tool researchers can use to improve …

A brief history of maps, time-series, and charts

Though the practice of mapmaking is thousands of years old, modern enhanced data visualization, particularly through the use of time-series and data maps, really began in the 18th century with …

Graphical excellence and integrity

Of course, graphics can also be used to distort data. What can researchers do to maintain the integrity of their graphics and ensure they represent their data accurately? In this …

Rules for open data

We know that sharing data improves the integrity of scientific research, helps other researchers who are interested in using others’ data or in replicating their studies, and may even increase …

Introduction to transparent data visualization

Another way social scientists can improve transparency in their research is to use good visual representations of their data. This can be especially useful when presenting large datasets or when …

How graphics reveal data

The power of visualized data cannot be understated. Well-designed graphics can be much more effective than extensive tables at communicating patterns and big picture ideas, not only to other scientists, …