Narrative Design Patterns for Data-Driven Storytelling

Benjamin Bach, Moritz Stefaner, Jeremy Boy, Steven Drucker, Lyn Bartram, Jo Wood, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Yuri Engelhardt, Ulrike Köppen, Barbara Tversky

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The terms “story” and “narrative” are often used interchangeably. They also harbor different meanings in different communities (see Chapter 1, entitled “Introduction”). Here we are guided by the definitions in Gerard Genette’s The Narrative Discourse [1], Bruner’s The Actual Mind [2], and which are summarized in the Media Student’s Book [3]. A story is defined as all of the events in a narrative, those presented directly to an audience and those which might be inferred [3]. In a wider sense, the story is the facts-the data-including characters, places, times, and actions important to the specific plot. A narrative, on the other hand, can be described...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationData-Driven Storytelling
EditorsNathalie Henry Riche, Christophe Hurter, Nicholas Diakopoulos, Sheelagh Carpendale
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781315281568
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2018

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