John D.


Washington, DC

Member since:

September 11, 2013

What is your favorite tool for visualizing data?

Not sure I have a favorite tool as of yet. I've started working with Cognos on my project and find it to be an effective tool for quickly assembling visuals that the user can interact with. I've been learning some python, JQuery and other coding tools in the hopes of one day being able to build an interactive maps that show trends over time (the New Yorker recently produced a map showing usage by time of day of the new bike share there).

Do you think data visualization is more of an art or more of a science? Why?

Is it a copout to say both? I think your visual is only as good as the data and modeling that underpin it. I've seen plenty of visuals that don't really say anything but get away with it because they are catchy looking. I think a good data visual is both science and art.

Help us provide better events and tell us more about yourself:

I have always loved working with data and am interested in learning about the work others are doing with data in DC, and specifically how it can be applied to create business and societal value. I love riding bikes (road but especially mountain) and am an aspiring Civil War history buff!


Since summer 2012, I have been a Data Scientist/Business Process consultant with IBM's federal business analytics practice. I have an MBA from George Washington with an analytics concentration and a BA from Colorado College in math/economics.

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