Data Visualization Workshop

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Sample Data View on GitHub

About the Workshop

Tuesday, July 7th, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
GSA, Room 4250


Chris Goranson, Jeff Chen, Erie Meyer & CFPB

About the Workshop

On the heels of the fantastic open data release by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (see, this workshop will provide those relatively new to data visualization tools with an opportunity to:

1. Learn about the CFPB data, and why the release is so important;

2. Learn a few basic data visualization types, uses, and broader exposure to data visualization taxonomies;

3. Learn some common do's and dont's when it comes to data visualization;

4. Explore a few free on-line data visualization tools using subsets of the CFPB data;

5. Have a hands-on opportunity to create and share your own data visualizations through an exploratory process.

Course Materials

Reminder: to participate in any of the tutorials, you'll need to bring your own laptop (and we'll bring the WiFi!)
Text used for reference (free ebook): "Interactive Data Visualization for the Web", by Scott Murray
Tutorial (Beginner): Introduction to RAW
Tutorial (Advanced): Visualization using D3.js, R, and Google Charts


1:00 - 1:10 PM Very brief discussion on CFPB data, what's in there, basic into to data viz and other background information. Sharing a few cleaned and simplified datasets for the day.

1:10 - 1:20 PM Deep Dive into Data Viz

1:20 - 2:00 PM Short tutorials to a few super-awesome (and free) data visualization tools, walk-thru using CFPB data samples.

2:00 - 2:45 PM Group is cut loose to try building their own data visualizations.

2:45 - 3:00 PM Show and Tell, wrap-up discussion.