IT 7113 Data Visualization
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• What is a dashboard?
• Elements of a dashboard
• Types of dashboards
– Comparing with report, visual analysis tool, and
– Levels of dashboards
• General design considerations and principles
This lecture introduces dashboards and their use in various
business cases. A second module will continue on
dashboard design patterns and best practices.
What is a dashboard?
former student projects.
A dashboard is a visual-oriented display of
the most important data and information
needed to achieve defined goals and
objectives; consolidated and arranged on
a single screen so the information can be
viewed at a glance.
Dashboard Confusion by Stephen Few
The term dashboard originates from the automobile dashboard
where drivers monitor the major functions at a glance.
Key Terms in the Dashboard Definition
• Visual-oriented display
– Dashboard is a data visualization tool
– Dashboard is a type of graphic user interface
– Dashboards are visually intensive, with many graphics, charts, maps, colors; but they could also have
• Most important data and information
– Usually these are the key data, metrics, and performance indicators (KPI) that a user concerns most on
a regular basis.
– Because of the space limit, only the most important and relevant data are included in the dashboard
• Goals and objectives
– A dashboard is part of a business intelligence and analytics tool used to visualize data and analysis
– A dashboard serves a very clear goal; all data and infor