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MEET: Ben Hosken founder of Flink Labs

Presentation Title:

Using Data Visualisation to tell stories and make the invisible visible!

Presentation Summary:

From the ever accelerating volume of data generated by the sea of sensors pervading our built environment, to the dynamic unstructured traces we leave behind as we interact with social media, and the complex interrelationships being woven between all these 'systems', it is obvious to us all that new ways of gaining insight and communicating are needed in this era of Big Data.

Combined with high expectations within the enterprise driven from the consumer "app" world, traditional tools and techniques are less appropriate to the challenges we are all facing. Data Visualisation is an approach, as well as a medium, which can help highlight insights, tell stories and make the invisible visible.

During this talk Ben Hosken will present an overview of data visualisation, some good (and bad) examples of projects from around the world and outline some core techniques and processes you can use to start exploring the world of data visualisation in your own projects.


Short Bio:

Ben Hosken is the founder of Flink Labs, a data visualisation studio based in Melbourne.  Flink Labs designs and develop interactive data experiences that help you gain insights into, and communicate the intelligence in, your complex data.

With a focus on creating compelling stories and engaging interactive tools, Flink Labs aims to reveal insights that would otherwise remain invisible. Prior to starting Flink Labs, Ben was the Founder and CTO of AgentArts, a data mining and recommendation company which was sold to Microsoft in 2007. Ben holds two patents in data mining and predictive analytics.

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  • Ben H.

    Thanks for the comments and feedback on the night everyone. I really enjoyed giving the talk. You can find our presentation at http://www.slideshare.net/Flinklabs/flink-labs-data-visualisation - Ben

    March 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative and engaging.

    February 29, 2012

  • David B

    Nice. Thanks Natraj; thanks Eric.

    February 29, 2012

  • Eric B.

    There were 4 libraries he mentioned. "processingjs", "protovis", "d3" and "raphaeljs". If you google them, it's quite easy to find! :)

    February 29, 2012

  • David B

    Guys, can anyone remind me what open-source visualisation spftware Ben referred to in his presentation last night? One was Raphael, the other...?

    February 29, 2012

  • David B

    Great presentation. Affable presenter. Room was stuffy.

    February 29, 2012

  • Norman J.

    Interesting talk with an enthusiastic presenter

    February 29, 2012

  • Emma T.

    Very interesting presentation about an increasingly popular area of data. Ben is a great presenter and I learnt a great deal about data visualisations, the process behind their creation and what you need to include within these.

    February 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ben was fantastic, Loved his Presentation. Good work Ben.

    February 29, 2012

  • Eric B.

    Was a great talk given by Ben.

    February 28, 2012

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