Telling Stories with Data, with Robert Kosara

Hello NY DataViz Community! Is it Spring enough for you yet? Is life not just positively bursting from the cracks in the sidewalks?!???

Not just on pedestrian paths, but HERE TOO, we are simply AWASH in opportunity and energy. Which is why we bring you a special BONUS EVENT for the month of April, courtesy of our event partner, and special visiting speaker Robert Kosara, who brings a wealth of his own energy with him from a career as a consultant, professor, writer, and research scientist. Don't miss either of these April events! Take some long walks in the fine weather so that you aren't tempted to skip! And change your RSVP early if you are indeed so fickle... 


Robert Kosara explains what he'll present:

"While we have a vast array of tools for analyzing data, the presentation of issues and support for decisions based on that data is still in its infancy. Recently, there has been a lot of interest in storytelling about data, in particular because of the successful use of data in news media. I will discuss what makes these work so well, and then look at how we can go from analysis to presentation, and on to building exploratory tools for the audience once they have seen the story."

Robert Kosara is a research scientist at Tableau Software, where he is exploring the use of visualization for the communication of, and storytelling with, data. He is a recovering academic (former Associate Professor at UNC Charlotte) who has published on a variety of visualization topics, including basic perception, new visualization techniques, and the theory of visualization. Robert runs the popular visualization blog and is active on Twitter.


About the Event

As usual, we'll start refreshments at 6:30pm with time to network, catch up and meet new people with interests in data visualization. The formal presentations will begin around 7:00pm and there will be time for Q&A afterwards.  So please join us for these excellent presentations, the best DataViz networking in New York, and some light refreshments.

Please note: only those with confirmed RSVP's will be able to attend, because of security requirements at the space that generously hosts & sponsors us. Reservations will close at 4:00pm the day of the event. If you aren't able to get a slot by then, we apologize, but you won't be able to enter the building. For this reason, we've expanded the number of RSVP's we accept, to account for no-shows and to make sure we fill as many of our seats as possible. But, please cancel as early as possible to make room for other attendees. Thanks for understanding, and see you there!

-Christian & Paul

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  • bahar g.

    Hey everyone, I noticed when clicking the map link here it shows a wrong location at the corner of 26th st. Don't know if it's like that just for me, but well, be alert! 1500 Broadway is around 43rd st.

    April 22, 2014

    • Christian L.

      Margarete: on what kind of device/browser did you click the map link? It could be a platform-specific bug in Meetup...

      April 23, 2014

    • Margarete K.

      I was on a MacBook Pro using Chrome

      April 25, 2014

  • Arpit

    Great session yesterday, thanks Robert! Any way we can get the slides? My team would love to understand more about Robert's Find, Tell, Explore, Collaborate process and see the visual examples he shares. Thanks!

    April 23, 2014

  • Danielle J.

    I'm always happy to hear a presentation about the importance of storytelling in visualizations. Thanks again DataVizNYC

    April 22, 2014

  • wst

    Hmm, ""Reservations will close at 4:00pm the day of the event. " Would be nice if they kept the automated RSVP close consistent with what's on the event description.

    April 22, 2014

    • Christian L.

      Hi. You're right. But we got the description wrong, not the RSVP close. Our event host for this week requires us to get the attendee list to them that far in advance, and we configured that correctly. But we accidentally re-used a description from a previous event, which had the wrong time on it. Apologies for the misleading text, but the RSVP close was going to happen at that time either way.

      April 22, 2014

  • Adnan I.

    If any of you can live stream on google+ hangouts using your laptop or even phone that would be great. And share the link with 82+ people who are still on waiting list. Thanks in advance!

    April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I'm on the waitlist and spots have opened up, do I need to change my RSVP or can I show up?

    April 22, 2014

    • Paul T.

      Hi Alex, Unfortunately you cannot. We must send a finalized attendee list in advance to front desk security. We keep the RSVP system open as long as we can, but we close the RSVP's at the time needed by the front desk security. We sincerely apologize, but you will not be able to enter the building if you're not able to get a confirmed spot by the time RSVP's close.

      April 22, 2014

  • Nitin k.

    It would be great if this presentation is recorded. There are people who have last minute cancellation but really want to learn and benefit a lot from this....
    Also, would be great if slides can be put up... Pl. let us know….

    April 22, 2014

    • Christian L.

      Hi, Nitin- We agree! It would be great if all of our presentations could be recorded and/or streamed. However, we get by on volunteer labor and the generosity of our hosts. Are you volunteering to help out with the recording?!? We always post the slides if our speakers make them available to us. Look for them here in the comments after the event.

      April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member


    April 14, 2014

  • Karin

    I would really like to attend this event. If you can no longer attend please update your RSVP status. Thanks!

    2 · April 21, 2014

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