LC DataStories requires students to prepare an abstract to accompany their data visualization. Think of an abstract as a figure legend written for a public audience.
Successful abstracts typically do the following:
1. Clearly state the result illustrated by the visualization
2. Provide the contextual details necessary to understand how the data were generated or obtained
3. Make a statement as to the relevance of the work
4. Speak in plain, non-technical language
To ensure you are successfully translating your work for a public audience, try showing your abstract to a family member or peer outside of your class and be sure they can fully understand the story your visualization + abstract are telling.
Follow this link to view a sample visualization and abstract.