The media, as well as companies, institutions and NGOs increasingly use data visualisation. Indeed, this means of communication often allows them to present data, in particular economic data, in a more rapid and more accessible manner.

Enjoyable to discover, instructive, sometimes beautiful and spectacular, infographics and other data visualisation charts can play a role in democratising access to information and knowledge.

However, like all forms of communication, they must be analysed in a critical manner. This is because they can, intentionally or involuntarily, be misleading.

This short guide aims to contribute to enhancing our understanding of these tools, in particular as regards the way data is selected and, thereafter, graphically represented.

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Published on 26 March 2015. Updated on 12 September 2019