Mapping Data for Good 101

When should you map data? When should you *not* map data?

What can you learn from a data map? What types of bias can distract you from the truth?

How can mapping data help make the world a better place?

We'll be discussing all these questions and more at our first Meetup of 2014 with guests Andrew Hill and Lela Prashad, plus Andrew will be giving a short tutorial on how to use CartoDB.

Come ready with questions in mind and laptops in hand! Beginners are welcome. You can create a free CartoDB account here: https://cartodb.com/signup

Our Speakers

// Andrew Hill

Andrew is the senior scientist at Vizzuality, a company that works to better the world through data visualization, and leads popular online tutorials for CartoDB. A biologist by training, Andrew is excited about how new technologies could drive scientific questions and the process of creating that knowledge in new ways. His biology research has always had a technology bent, focusing on informatics and the use of big data.

// Lela Prashad

Lela Prashad is the Chief Data Scientist at NiJeL, a group that helps others turn their data into persuasive visualizations. Lela directed the 100 Cities Project at Arizona State University until 2012 and is still active in urban research with ASU. Prior to NiJeL she established and ran the water program for the environmental non-profit Arizona PIRG and worked with the United States Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazards Team, and Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Water Resources. Lela holds an Master of Science in Geological Sciences from ASU and a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

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  • Julia M.

    Let's give another round of applause to our amazing guests Andrew Hill and Lela Prashad! Andrew shared all his tips and tools from the CartoDB workshop, so that we can all keep learning and exploring: https://gist.github.com/andrewxhill/8422832

    4 · January 16, 2014

  • FNU T.

    Great.

    January 15, 2014

  • Katy M.

    stuck at work unfortunately. SO bummed. would love to come to this in the future if you have it again.

    January 14, 2014

  • kopperwoman

    Really not feeling well. I'm giving up my spot so someone on the waiting list can come.

    January 14, 2014

  • kopperwoman

    Really not feeling well. I'm opening up my spot for someone else to take.

    January 14, 2014

  • andy

    I work with disaster relief and crisis mapping. I was recently overseas for a conference, and didn't hear about this until today. I'm on the wait list, should I try to attend?

    January 14, 2014

  • John S.

    ACK!!! When I was put on the wait list, I made other plans! Sad that I'm going to miss this.....

    January 14, 2014

  • John L.

    I'm sorry to cancel last minute, but something just came up. My apologies

    January 14, 2014

  • Davis Erin A.

    Sorry to miss this Next time....

    January 14, 2014

  • Suhas

    Hi I am still on the waitlist. I am wondering if there will be a video / presentation slides available later.

    January 14, 2014

  • Eric M.

    Sorry! Double booked with a doctor's appointment. Switched RSVP to no. Will catch you guys next time, have fun y'all :3

    January 13, 2014

  • Julia M.

    So excited to see everyone tomorrow night! Please remember to create your free CartoDB account BEFORE the event if you'd like to participate in the tutorial: https://cartodb.com/signup

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Sara-Jayne T.

    Just dropped my slot... completely forgot that it's my birthday tomorrow. Not that I don't want to come celebrate it by data geeking with all you lovely people, but I don't think that's what Mr Sara has planned.

    3 · January 13, 2014

    • Julia M.

      Happy Birthday Sara!

      January 13, 2014

  • James B.

    Will these be livestreamed anywhere? Overseas but don't want to miss this!

    January 12, 2014

    • Julia M.

      Sorry James, no plan to livestream this time. You can follow us on Twitter @datakind, and keep an eye out for a blog post after the event to get highlights. Hope to see you next time!

      January 13, 2014

  • Jinny K.

    I'm an urban planner interested in mapping public data and would very much like to attend!

    January 13, 2014

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