Data, the crude oil of the new century

We are surrounded by data.
Smartphones, digital cameras, social networks, … and petabyte are being generated daily. Can we still extract useful information out of it? And if so, then how?

I am convinced that data has a lot of stories to tell. We just have to listen closely: analyze, evaluate, visualize and interpret them carefully.

The challenges

… in doing so are manifold and depend on the problem given. But they all have in common that it takes a broad spectrum of methods to do so. To start with, it is essential to define the precise question posed. Then the (raw) data needs to be processed and analyzed to find answers. But in order for those to really reach the intended audience, they need to be communication in a clear and understandable manner.

Through my experience i do have collected and mastered the “tools” (from statistics over coding to visualization and communication) that it takes. I would be happy to put them at your service.


As manifold as the challenges are when dealing with data, as manifold are the potential solutions. My ambition is to come up with the one that suits you best.

My core areas

  1. Data analysis (processing, statistical evaluation, visualization)
  2. Data communication (so the message is getting heard)
  3. Data projects from A to Z (e.g. Peacemap Project)
  4. Consulting
  5. Trainings and Workshops
    • Data journalism
    • Statistics & analysis
    • Data visualization

A bit more detailed

When it comes to data often the goal is not known at the beginning. The true needs regularly only become clear on the journey towards them. As an independent data analyst i am not bound to any outside requirements - except to the quest of finding the best solution for you.

For me it is not only about (statistical) analysis of data. For me it is about finding answers to your questions and challenges. And it is regardless if it is about your process data or data from the last world championship.

The focus is set on the quest for patterns and effects hiding within the data. And on finding explanations for these. This is where i can assist you.

Passing on the knowledge

I am convinced that the future will bring us even more data. And that data literacy will thus become a prerequisite. Thus, i am passionate about passing on the knowledge around data. Subsequently it would be my pleasure to provide trainings and workshops tailored for you and your employees.


Hi! My name is Štefan Emrich, and i love data.

Short CV

Since finishing my PhD at Vienna University of Technology in 2013, i have set my primary focus on interdisciplinary communication of data and complex (scientific) matter. Before that i worked as scientist at the Vienna University of Technology and the ETH Zürich. My research area was at the intersection of mathematics, simulation and application in domains ranging from health care to real estate. In 2011 this earned me the “Österreichischer Baupreis” (Austrian award for real estate).

In 2014 i founded the company datengeschichten, which literally translates to datastories. Among others i have since then consulted the International Peace Institute (IPI), for which i worked on projects for the KAICIID Dialogue Center and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Besides my love for data (analysis, visualization and communication), i am very enthusiastic about bringing the concept of complexity to a broad audience. Currently this naturally requires to react on the topic of Fake News and Alternative Facts, which i also do as Head of Data at the drahtwarenhandlung.

Expert network

I am grateful to have a network of experts, with who i regularly work on projects. Among those are such as the simulation experts of dwh, the brilliant cartographer and developer Philippe Rivière or the interfaculty research center “Computational Complex Systems” based at Vienna University of Technology. But it also involves researches for human-computer interfaces, such as Michael Sedlmair (Vienna University) and visualization, like Wolfgang Aigner (FH St.Pölten).


How could we work together? Have an idea? Please let me know, preferably by mail. I’m looking forward to hear from you! You can also find me on Twitter or check out my publications on Google Scholar.


Datengeschichten e.U.

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