The Story

Once your users are done with your home page, they’ll move on to stories to get more detailed insights.

What is a Story?

A story is a viz/chart plus some context elements (commentary, recommendations, sources…).

Reading a story, I should be able to serve a clearly established business need. As a contributor or data storyteller, we are familiar with what we’re doing, so things appear evident. It may not be the case for your users. Teach them, take them by the hand, and make them comfortable reading complex information.

With the Studio, in just a few clicks select some data and a type of viz. Follow the Studio’s guidelines to customize your viz with all the available options.

story framework

The Chapter

Stories belong to a chapter and sometimes even to a subchapter. This structure is very important in your data story telling, it helps the users read important and complex information.

Chapters are available in the left-hand panel (expand by clicking on the burger icon).

Your Story title

Don’t forget to name your story 🙂

Choose an explicit, short title that helps the users understand what they will be looking at.

Your Chart

Just like for tiles, you create a chart in 2 steps:

  • By choosing data from the Dataset Editor
  • By configuring your viz from the Charts Parameters

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Don't hesitate to visit our viz gallery later on to learn more about each viz!

Dataset Editor

This is where you select the data you want to use in your chart. From this interface you can select a dataset from your available datasources.
  • 📝 I want to show the evolution of my revenue, which dataset contains this information?

Get a clear overview of your data and carry out small adjustments to help your user understand what he/she’s looking at.

  • 📝 Is my revenue in $ or M$? Is it worse or better now than last month?

From the interface, click on the column header to configure:

  • units
  • precision
  • sentiment/color coding
  • and much more…

Use the dataset viewer window to see the results of your configuration in real time.

💡 Did you know?

You can use Toucan Toco to adjust and enrich your data? Need to add calculations to your existing dataset? Want to add evolution to a specific metric? Merge datasources? 📖 Check out the data section of our documentation.

But just so you know, you will not find a tutorial in the trial session. Nonetheless, you can find all the informations following this link : 🙂

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Chart Parameters

This is where you chose which chart you want to use.

Start by selecting a type of chart from the dropdown menu.

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Then follow the placeholders to enter the chart’s parameters. Don’t forget to use the preview window to check your changes in real time.

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Mandatory parameters

These are parameters required for the chart to be drawn.

  • For example, you can not create a chart without a value column. value is the column containing the data.
  • The line tile will not show up without a date parameter
Optional parameters

These are, well, optional parameters you can configure to enhance your chart.

  • For example, in the leaderboard I can choose to sort my bars

Enrich Your Story

Help your users understand what they are looking at. Pedagogy and context are very important.

You can add the following info from the Story Parameters menu:

  • Glossary : define terms, or explain KPIs from the collaborative menu
  • Commentary : explain how to read the story.
  • Source : tell where the data is coming from.
  • Recommendation : add videos, external links, or push recommendations from this menu.