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Lecture: Can Data Visualization Save the World? by Jon Schwabish

  • Aug 5, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Recent changes in the field of data visualization—in part driven by changes in big data, open data, open source programming and tools, and data-driven journalism—begs the question of whether these advances can be used to help change the world for the better. For example, does widespread availability of big and open data mean that social and policy challenges can be better addressed? How does the increased flexibility to extract, use, and process such data impact research? In this talk, I’ll discuss these recent trends and how I think they might or might not help solve today’s issues.

Jon Schwabish is an economist, writer, teacher, and creator of policy-relevant data visualizations. He is considered a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in how researchers communicate their findings. He is on Twitter @jschwabish.

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  • Justin W.

    Yesterday there was mention of a open source tool called 'draw' that was new to me. I haven't been able to find anything online about it. Would someone please share a relevant URL?

    Thanks in advance!

    August 6, 2014

  • Michael P.


    August 6, 2014

  • Richard J

    Mariner game at 7:10 tonight. Lots of traffic.

    August 5, 2014

  • Stuart S.

    I haven't seen anyone else discussing this here, but in a nice coincidence, Edward Tufte is doing one day courses this week in Seattle:

    If you haven't heard of him, he's got a lot to say about how information can be effectively presented visually. I'm attending tomorrow's session if anyone wants to join me.

    August 5, 2014

    • Maggie S.

      +1 on Robert's take. My recommendation: Buy the Tufte books; spend the time you would've spent in the class perusing them. Time much better spent, unless you'd like to know how to run a meeting more efficiently.

      August 5, 2014

    • Sean J.

      I attended the advanced course with Bret Victor and Mike Bostock in San Jose, great lectures. http://www.edwardtuft...­

      1 · August 5, 2014

  • Dan H.

    I got waylaid by stomach flu, I'm afraid that I'm going to have to be a lasy minute no show. Hopefully someome else can take my spot.

    August 5, 2014

  • Marianne G.

    Looking forward to understanding data viz' "déontologie", ie, its responsibility to communicating in a traceable, ethical manner.

    August 5, 2014

  • Danica

    Hey, I have a coworker interested in going, but she doesn't have a Meetup account. How can I get her on the list to be let in? We don't want to come all the way up to Seattle just to have her get turned away.

    August 4, 2014

    • Noah I.

      Yep, she's covered.

      August 4, 2014

  • Jonathan C.

    Looking forward to a discussion about how to get policymakers to make decisions informed by data and statistics. Data visualization is going to be key.

    July 29, 2014

  • arkady r.

    Hi All. I'm a new to this group - looking forward to Jon's presentation and meeting people passionate about visualization.

    July 22, 2014

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