February Meetup

Our monthly meetup is on the Third Tuesday of each month and is located at Clockwork, which is at 1501 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.

Please check for any exceptions in this schedule as they are possible.

Our meetups usually follow the format of:

  • Social time (with pizza)
  • Link sharing (please post to comments below beforehand or during)
  • Presentation on color related tools by Alan.
  • ??

But we are really excited to try new things so don't be afraid to suggest some things.

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  • Dan A.

    February 26, 2013

  • Rodrigo

    Hey folks, thank you all for your time and attention last night.

    Here are my slides: http://bit.ly/15wz3H3

    The (rather extensive) blog post about it: http://bit.ly/Wlw9Rt

    And finally, the GitHub repo with all of the code: http://bit.ly/W4R5P4

    If anybody has any questions, just shoot me a note.

    February 20, 2013

  • Jay J.

    Hey everyone, my slides from last night are here:
    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/17533619/dataviz-mechanics.pdf

    February 20, 2013

    • John H.

      Jay, you wouldn't be willing, by chance, to add that neat comparison between qualitative and quantitative decoding ability that you showed at the end, would you? It'd be great to have both scales as a reference!

      February 20, 2013

    • Jay J.

      I've added that slide onto the end and it's at the same place: https://dl.dropbox.com...­

      February 20, 2013

  • Allan T.

    It was nice to have multiple presenters and topics.

    February 20, 2013

  • Winston C.

    I just remembered this very cool map projection demo in D3: http://bl.ocks.org/mbostock/3711652

    And there's a wiki page on the projections available in D3:
    https://github.com/mbostock/d3/wiki/Geo-Projections

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good presentations, inspirational presenters, very good ideas, excellent location and food - thank you Alan for organizing!

    February 20, 2013

  • Reed C.

    Terrific!

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    my thanks to everyone and clockwork for making my first meeting enjoyable.

    February 20, 2013

  • Bob H.

    Very good group of data visualists.

    February 19, 2013

  • Rodrigo

    Hey Alan, if we're still short on presentations, I can talk about the visualization I did on AP's reporting of immigration last month. I'll try and throw together some slides about the process and maybe talk for 10 minutes.

    February 19, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Sounds great, Rodrigo. I'll catch up with you at the meeting.

      February 19, 2013

  • Alan P.

    Just a reminder that we only have one confirmed presentation for tomorrow night. I will be doing a short one on Color Tools. There sounds like there could be a couple other possibilities. So, feel free to come prepared to share something. You don't even have to have visual aids; just talking is fine.

    February 18, 2013

    • Liz P.

      Unfortunately, I haven't had time to put together a map projection presentation for tonight. I can plan on doing it at the April Meetup. I'll try to make it worth the wait. :)

      February 19, 2013

    • Alan P.

      No worries. I look forward to the awesomeness in April.

      February 19, 2013

  • Kristina D.

    I'm so sorry, something came up.

    February 19, 2013

  • kathy a

    Have to work

    February 19, 2013

  • Jay J.

    Hey Alan, I've been preparing some material on the mechanics of perception and visualization and I'd like be happy to share that for a few minutes tonight.

    February 19, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Awesome. Will find you at the meeting.

      February 19, 2013

  • Michelle Powers G.

    Have you guys ever taken any version of open source graphing software for a spin using a social network (Facebook) community to lay out a story for the various roles in a person's Social graph? That might be a cool presentation.

    February 19, 2013

  • Alan P.

    Hey all. Here is my (not yet complete) color presentation for tonight:
    http://zzolo.github.com/colortools/

    February 19, 2013

  • Colin S.

    Awww I wish I could come, my schedule always seems to conflict.

    February 18, 2013

  • Michelle Powers G.

    Heading over to check out the Content Strategy meeting at Bulldog NE. May swing by Clockwork afterward.

    February 18, 2013

  • Derek H.

    Trader, R user

    February 15, 2013

  • Alan P.

    NPR did a great analysis of the charts that were presented at the State of the Union the other night:
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/02/13/171935151/chart-check-did-obama-s-graphics-enhance-his-big-speech

    February 14, 2013

    • Angie F.

      This is awesome, Alan - thanks for sharing! I have learned so much from Stephen Few. I also have to say that I am really excited and impressed that NPR did an article on this topic - exciting for the world of data!

      February 15, 2013

  • Alan P.

    A good list of tools and tips for doing visualizations (mostly for folks without coding skills):
    http://www.seomoz.org/blog/10-tools-for-creating-infographics-visualizations

    February 15, 2013

  • Reed C.

    Here is a new geo coding visualization based on Wikipedia data from today's Fast Company blog.

    http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671833/infographic-an-amazing-invisible-truth-about-wikipedia#1

    February 15, 2013

  • Alan P.

    This one is getting a lot of internet play. It's pretty great. A well-done redrawing of US States based on population:
    http://fakeisthenewreal.org/reform/

    February 14, 2013

  • Alan P.

    Interesting collection of maps that "explain the world". Most of the maps are not that wonderfully done but the content of most of them is interesting.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/maps-that-explain-the-world-2013-2

    February 11, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Liz, that would be awesome. Even a quick 5 or 10 min presentation on projections would be wonderful (I think even just showing images of different projections is helpful). You also don't have to know before the meeting, though it might help planning a bit. Next month or whenever is cool, too.

      February 14, 2013

    • Liz P.

      I'll see what I can do. If I can't get something together for this one, it'll have to be in April—I'll be out of town for the March one.

      In the meantime, some map projection humor: http://xkcd.com/977/­

      February 14, 2013

  • Alan P.

    Kind of ridiculous. In depth look at dog breeds in NYC:
    http://project.wnyc.org/dogs-of-nyc/

    January 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Agreed on the watercolors, but Stamen's toner family of maps are great for overlaying color data on, like we did in this map of radon test results: http://www.startribun...­

      February 11, 2013

    • Liz P.

      @Alan: Oh, I agree, Watercolor is just meant to be pretty, and would definitely not work for any kind of serious thematic map. I'm just saying that as a matter of taste, it's not my favorite. Maybe because I'm just not a big fan of watercolors. :)

      @Kevin: That's really nicely done. I love the inclusion of the percentage scale with US and Minnesota averages. And I'm a big fan of including scaled-back geographic points of reference (cities, highways, lakes).

      February 13, 2013

  • Matt

    here is another interesting breakdown of the state of the union, http://stateoftheunion.onetwothree.net/ This one also has a word cloud which reveals (at times) the current affairs of the nation.

    February 13, 2013

  • Dan A.

    February 13, 2013

  • Alan P.

    A simple, nicely down breakdown of the education level of all the State of the Unions:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2013/feb/12/state-of-the-union-reading-level

    February 12, 2013

  • Alan P.

    Another great collection of vintage visualizations:
    http://visualoop.com/4671/vintage-infodesign-6

    February 11, 2013

  • Alan P.

    Hey. Anyone want to do presentation next week? We still have plenty of time to fill.

    February 11, 2013

  • Alan P.

    Some great map editions to the very awesome Rumsey collection:
    http://www.davidrumsey.com/blog/2013/2/11/february-11-2013-2-745-new-maps-added

    February 11, 2013

  • Alan P.

    Awesome. Correlation between IE market share and murder rate. Remember, correlation is not necessarily causation:
    http://flowingdata.com/2013/01/25/internet-explorer-causation/

    January 25, 2013

    • Liz P.

      That's hilarious. I love it.

      February 11, 2013

  • Eric

    Hello a colleague suggested I share a recent data viz projects I've done. How Much Unsubsidized Solar Power is Possible?
    http://ilsr.org/projects/solarparitymap/

    Here's an older project.

    Twin Cities Historical Mapping
    http://efwjames.com/tcrd/

    February 6, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Hey Eric. Either one would be great. We still don't have any set presentations for this next meeting except for mine on colors, so any presentation between 5 and 30 minutes would be welcome. Let me/us know how long you are thinking.

      February 6, 2013

  • Alan P.

    February 6, 2013

  • Alan P.

    These are really great maps of movies like Indiana Jones and Star Wars:
    http://visualoop.com/4184/movie-cartography-awesomeness-by-andrew-degraff

    February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    UST Class Conflicts with Tuesdays

    February 5, 2013

    • Peter E.

      What a great visualization. Thanks for sharing!

      February 4, 2013

  • Reed C.

    Here are some interesting land use visualization on the Earth Stat site: http://www.earthstat.org/viewdata/. The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment's Global Landscapes Initiative and McGill University's Land Use and the Global Environment (LUGE) recently launched EarthStat, a website for viewing and downloading agriculture and land use data developed in collaboration between our institutions.

    February 1, 2013

  • Michelle Powers G.

    Looking forward to it!

    January 31, 2013

  • Alan P.

    We just published an infograhic about the governor's budget proposal.
    http://www.minnpost.com/data/2013/01/budget-101-graphic-primer-daytons-budget-proposal

    January 31, 2013

    • Torsten M.

      Very nice and digestible. Thanks for sharing and putting in the work to create this (I assume)

      January 31, 2013

  • Rodrigo

    Not nearly as cool as the recently-posted visualizations, but I took a crack at D3.js a few days ago: http://bit.ly/Wlw9Rt. If you have constructive feedback, I'm all ears! I could do a short talk about it if anyone is interested, although I think the blog post might cover most of it. All code is on GitHub, if anyone is interested in what sub-par programming looks like.

    1 · January 25, 2013

    • Reed C.

      I think it is plenty cool and worthy of a presentation.

      January 25, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Very cool. Definitely presentation worthy.

      January 28, 2013

  • Kristina D.

    Visualizations designed to mimic what they're visualizing is an interesting way to do it. At Eyeo last year, they talked about this wind visualization http://hint.fm/wind/ which does that. This is another unique example - a visualization about tattooing http://www.designboom.com/design/tattoo-infographic-by-paul-marcinkowski/

    January 27, 2013

  • Ben L.

    Jeff Dean is a developer at Google who worked on MapReduce. In one presentation he mentioned some latency numbers every developer should now. Here's a graphic showing how those numbers have changed over time.
    http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~rcs/research/interactive_latency.html

    January 24, 2013

  • Alan P.

    January 22, 2013

  • Torsten M.

    Interesting application of a mapping paradigm to the inauguration. Fun to explore and see who has the best seats:

    http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/politics/20130121-inauguration/obama-inauguration-zoomer-2013.html

    January 21, 2013

  • Alan P.

    A great set of animation and infographics of mobile phone usage in Geneva, Switzerland.
    http://villevivante.ch/

    January 21, 2013

  • Alan P.

    What do people think of myself (or someone else) doing a short presentation on colors (tools and theory).

    1 · January 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd like that. Maybe on this topic, how to chose a scale for choropleth maps.

      January 18, 2013

  • Derek H.

    Trader, R user

    January 16, 2013

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