Akuko is a data storytelling platform that makes it easy to build interactive maps, charts and tables from different data sources and combine them with photos and text to tell a story with data.
In building hundreds of dashboards for clients over the years, we have found that dashboards are great at telling you what is happening but not necessarily why. A key use of dashboards we have found is a source for screenshots that are included in reports or presentations where the additional context needed for shared insights can be added.
While we still see value in dashboards (Akuko is actually great at building dashboards too!), we see an important role for data storytelling for anyone wanting to use data to better communicate key insights to specific audiences.
We’ve been successfully using Akuko internally with client projects for the past few months and feel it’s now ready to share to a broader audience. The best way to learn about Akuko is to check out some sample posts below and check out our docs site.
Some key highlights:
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Google Sheets, etc.
Akuko means “story” or “news” in Igbo a popular language spoken in South Eastern Nigeria. We came across the name while working in Nigeria on a project to use data story approaches to better understand barriers to health access and felt it was fitting. Our goal with Akuko is to empower organizations to make better use of data to tell the stories important to advancing their work.
We will be sharing a lot more information about Akuko over the coming weeks. Right now, we are making Akuko available to select clients in a private beta. If you are interested in learning more about Akuko please contact us and we can set up a demo and potentially get you set up for a test drive. We’re excited by what Akuko has allowed us to do. We are excited to now be able to start to share it with you.