Pushing the community forward

  • February 13, 2014 · 6:30 PM

Combined event between Bay Area d3 User Group and Data Visualization Group in the Bay Area. The goal of this event is to create a conversation in the community around ideas that help challenge the ways people work with and comprehend information. 

Event Details
6:30 - 7:00: Beer and Pizza 
7:00 - 8:30: Talks followed by Q&A 
8:30 - 9:00: Networking

Talks
Whatever Happened to “Augmenting Human Intellect”?
- Scott Murray (University of San Francisco) 
The fundamental role of data visualization is to express information in a form more palatable to human perception than rows and columns of raw values. We are visual creatures, and visualization is a necessary tool for our brains to acquire, explore, analyze, and reason with data. Douglas Engelbart’s recent passing has me reflecting on why we do what we do, and whether or not we are fulfilling Engelbart’s goal of “augmenting human intellect.” On one hand, visualization is a technology perfectly suited to support this goal. Yet, too often, we see graphics whose inaccuracy and oversimplification is fundamentally misleading, effectively dumbing us down — the opposite of what we need. This is not just a gripe about poorly designed visuals; this is an opportunity to reevaluate the values that inform our work. How can we reframe and refocus our work on the worthy goals of visionaries like Engelbart and Vannevar Bush? With some adjustments, visualization can play a less trivial, more fundamental role within the larger domains of technology and society. 

Combining Narrative, Model, and Information Visualization - Elijah Meeks (Stanford University Library) 
As information visualization methods mature, we see a growth of information visualization integrated with traditional linear text narrative. This is especially important in the development of research and publication methods for humanities scholarship, where scholars have traditionally relied entirely on text narrative without even static figures or maps. The growth of digital humanities, with its integration of spatial analysis, text analysis, and network analysis into the study of traditional topics in history, literature, philosophy and classics, has spurred the development of approaches that more directly tie interactive information visualization with text narrative. 

Sponsorship
Stripe (space and food) 
Stripe is the easiest way to accept credit card payments on your website or mobile app. With Stripe, you can create the payment experience you want in minutes, and Stripe will take care of all the heavy lifting, including security and daily transfers to your bank account. Stripe powers payments for thousands of businesses of every size—from start ups to Fortune 50 companies. Stripe's investors include PayPal co-founders Peter Thiel, Max Levchin, and Elon Musk, Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz. 

Bluenose Analytics (videography) 
Bluenose provides a customer success platform for SaaS businesses to increase revenue, using predictive analytics to engage at-risk customers and identify drivers of churn. 
We were founded in November, 2012 and are venture-backed by The Social+Capital Partnership and Norwest Venture Partners. 

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