Dataset and Sourcing Guide for Creators

Transparency is an important part of the Voronoi experience, allowing users to stress test datasets and draw informed conclusions from posts on the app. Here are some tips to help give the best experience to your audience on Voronoi.

Preparing Your Dataset

While it does create an extra step, being able to access data in-app is a critical feature to build trust and mitigate misinformation and bias.

Here are a few things to know about the Voronoi spreadsheet upload tool:

  • Right now, only CSV format is accepted.
  • To keep the dataset manageable on a mobile device, spreadsheets can be a maximum of 400 rows and 400 columns. For very large datasets, we suggest including as much as possible, and then linking to a page with the full data.
  • If you are converting an Excel file into CSV, we recommend checking the file prior to upload, as formulas and formatting can change in unpredictable ways during that process.

Tips for Sourcing

Including sources along with your data visualization builds trust and allows viewers to easily verify the information you’re sharing.

Here are a few things to know about sourcing your work on Voronoi:

  • URLs ideally lead to a public page that hosts the data, or a tool where the data can be accessed easily by users.
  • Specific URLs are preferred over top level URLs. For example:
  • For posts that have multiple sources, we recommend ordering them by relevance and importance. For example, primary data should go first, with supporting links following.
  • Many credible datasets are widely republished by media outlets and content creators. We recommend linking back to the primary source of the data first. For example, World Bank, as opposed to a CNBC article citing the same World Bank data.
  • The methodology text box can be used for a variety of purposes, from explaining how data was collected, to including additional context that won’t fit in a mobile-friendly graphic.