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February Meetup Wrap Up

From: Alan P.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 11:40 PM
Thanks to everyone that came tonight to the monthly meeting.  As
always, it was lots of fun.  I thought it would be a good idea to
email out a wrap up for the folks that did not make it to the meeting
and may not get the comment updates on the monthly meetup.

I (Alan) gave a presentation on color theory and color tools.  The
presentation can be found here with many links to tools:

Rodrigo gave a great talk on his D3 visualization of AP immigration
stories.  An in-depth write up can be found here:

Jay gave a condensed, but awesome, version of his upcoming "Mechanics
of Data Visualization".  Hopefully slides or a video of the full thing
will be available soon.

We had a few announcements as well.

* Lizzie talked a bit about the cool opportunity at the Minnesota
Historical Society for data visualization (email with more details
coming soon).
* I mentioned the Open Twin Cities Hackathon this Saturday at Free
Geek.  And per Liz's question, I added a bunch of ideas for projects
or activities (including non-coding and data-visualization ones):
* Still in the planning phase, there will be a data visualization
hackathon type event around Twin Cities neighborhoods on May 25th so
save the date.

I also brought up the idea of having a working (as opposed to
presentation) meeting and it seemed like people were interested in it
depending on some details.  The group as a whole also seemed willing
to come out to a longer meeting to do this, for instance on a
Saturday.  If you are interested in helping plan this, what is so far
pretty nebulous, please get in touch.

And finally, next month we start fresh again and invite you to come
share an idea or project that you care about with the group.  There
are no requirements besides that it should be somewhat related to data
visualization (and not be offensive).

Best regards,

Alan Palazzolo
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