Ahhhh it’s good to be back! For our first webinar of 2015, I am actually looking back to 2014. I know, meta. In all seriousness, I’m teaming up with Andrew from infogr.am to create a sweet visualization of the best and worst movies from last year.
Get the data with import
As always, we kick this webinar off by getting some data. In this case we’ll be pulling movie data from IMDB. Getting data from this site is incredibly easy, since we can use import’s latest tool – Magic!
To turn this page into data, all I have to do is pop the URL into Magic and click “Get Data”. Our algorithms will then go through and pull all the data from that page into a handy table – it even gets multiple pages. Now, before I download this data and hand it over to Andrew, I’m going to delete a couple of the columns that I don’t need, such as the image link.
Then I simply download the first 5 pages (because we only want the first 250 movies) as a CSV and pass it over the Andrew to visualize….
Tell your data story with infogr.am
First we need to create a new infographic and choose a template. Then we pick the chart type we want to use and change the sample data to the data Alex just pulled using import. The chart will update automatically in the preview as you change the data in the sheet.
To transform our infographic from a simple chart into a story, we can add more elements to it, such as text, chart titles, URLs and videos. Once we’re happy with it, all we need to do is publish it and choose which social media platforms we want to share it on.
…and here it is!
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Coming soon to a webinar near you…
Next week I’ll be demoing our first new feature of 2015! In collaboration with the guys over at Plot.ly, we’re launching an integration that let’s you send your data directly to Plot.ly’s web-based graphing platform. Just imaging the possibilities…