Suite of data tools for beginners, focused on fun

Posted to Apps  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

Data can be intimidating and confusing for beginners, and as a result they stay away from the spreadsheets and delimited files altogether. DataBasic, a suite of tools built as an introduction to poking at data, injects a bit of fun into the onboarding process.

Spreadsheets and large Word documents can be boring and intimidating. We think working with data should be more fun! Take a look at our activity guides for hands-on approaches to analyzing your data using these tools. Activity guides combined with fun data sets like music lyrics can help you take a playful approach to finding stories in your data. Don’t you want to know “what the fudge” is going on with your CSV file?

There are currently three straightforward tools: WordCounter, WTFcsv, and SameDiff. Super straightforward to upload your own data and straightforward results. It’s certainly not an end-all set of tools, but that’s not the point.

A bit more information in the video below:

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