DevFestW - Fernanda Viégas - Google's "Big Picture" data viz group

This event is part of a series of women-focused DevFestW events being organized by GDG's around the world.

We will have a slate of all woman speakers kicked off by:

1. Fernanda Viégas, co-leader of Google's "Big Picture" data visualization group, on:

Visualization Culture: Data Literacy for the Rest of Us

Data visualization has historically been accessible only to the elite in academia, business, and government. It was "serious" technology, created by experts for experts. In recent years, however, web-based visualizations -- ranging from political art projects to news stories -- have reached audiences of millions.

What will this new era of data transparency look like -- and what are the implications for technologists who work with data? To help answer this question, she will report on recent research into public data analysis and visualization. She'll also show how the art world has embraced visualization.

Finally, she'll discuss the future of visual literacy and what it means for a world where visualizations are a part of political discussions, citizen activism, religious discussions, game playing, and educational exchanges.

 

talking about her visualization work.

... and more to follow


This is not a women-only event, as is instead an opportunity to encourage diversity within the developer community through female speakers and participants. Both men and women are welcome!

Thanks to Adobe for sponsoring food & drinks.

 

Fernanda B. Viégas is a computational designer whose work focuses on the social, collaborative, and artistic aspects of information visualization. She is a is a co-leader, with Martin Wattenberg, of Google's "Big Picture" data visualization group in Cambridge.

Earlier, she and Martin led IBM's Visual Communication Lab, where they created the ground-breaking public visualization platform Many Eyes, an experiment in open, public data visualization and analysis.

Her artistic visualizations have been exhibited in venues such as the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston.  Viégas holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the Media Lab at MIT.

 

Special Thanks to our Sponsor Adobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • E B

    Got URLs of samples presented? One was Many Eyes http://www-958.ibm.com/software...­

    May 8, 2013

  • Meghan C.

    Fantastic event! Thank you so much.

    May 8, 2013

  • Naima D.

    The presentation was amazing! The energy of Fernanda was contagious in sharing her wonderful team work. Thank you very much.

    May 8, 2013

  • Niharika P.

    It was a superb presentation! Thank you Fernanda for sharing your work with us and thank you Steve and Tom for organizing the event.

    May 8, 2013

  • Rich

    Thank you Fernanda for such an interesting presentation!

    May 8, 2013

  • Simon S.

    Absolutely stunning ! I sat on the edge of my chair the whole time. Amazing how you can slice and dice big data in a way that makes it highly discoverable.

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Pablo G. C.

    It was incredible! How simple it was to transform big data into information that you can use and actually understand.

    May 8, 2013

  • Cho

    Awesome presentation! Thanks very much!

    May 8, 2013

  • Dennis R.

    Fernanda delivered a wonderful and eye opening presentation on new ways to visualize data in remarkably useful graphics and creations.

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • John V.

    Wow! Very Cool! Inspirational!

    1 · May 7, 2013

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    A former member

    Thanks or having us! It was an interesting talk with wide appeal.

    May 7, 2013

  • Jared W.

    Awesome talk. Thanks a lot! :)

    May 7, 2013

  • Justin R.

    Great presentation on an interesting topic.

    May 7, 2013

  • Joe C.

    Other obligations developed..sorry to miss this.

    May 7, 2013

  • Mark T.

    Got delayed. Family thing. CU in a few minutes.

    May 7, 2013

  • Pablo G. C.

    Thanks for the good bites.

    May 7, 2013

  • Rich

    Help! I signed up for the event but the guard wont let me in!!!

    May 7, 2013

  • Jared W.

    Is there free parking somewhere for this anywhere possibly?

    May 7, 2013

    • Tom M.

      Most ungated MIT lots are free after 5 pm. There's a lot on Hayward St. which is pretty close. On-street parking is also often a possibility on Main St.

      May 7, 2013

    • Jared W.

      Thx :)

      May 7, 2013

  • Russ

    Had to cancel. Add one lucky person from the wait list!

    May 7, 2013

  • Mary Beth Gabriel S.

    Sorry - something came up! Wish I could be there!

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    can only stay for first half because of conflict. better if someone who can stay whole time go.

    May 7, 2013

  • John T. L.

    I have some female friends who would like to attend so am yielding my rsvp

    1 · May 7, 2013

    • Tom M.

      Thanks John. I'm sure they appreciate it. I know we do!

      1 · May 7, 2013

  • Noel K.

    I am going to show up and see if there any no shows. Hope that some you will forget about this event while enjoying the great weather :-)

    May 7, 2013

    • Tom M.

      Hi Noel. The room capacity is much less than 90. We already take no-shows into account in planning and have a waiting list that we're working through as people change their RSVPs. If you make it to the head of the wait list, you'll get an email saying you're in.

      May 7, 2013

  • Christopher D.

    Conflict

    May 7, 2013

  • kyle

    ahhh, I rsvp'd last week, while 30,000 feet in the air on a flight to Boston, incorrectly thinking my mobile sync would queue it up for transfer upon landing! I'll gladly take anyone's spot if they can't make it!

    May 6, 2013

  • Viv S.

    Business trip got in the way. Sorry to miss what looks like a great night.

    May 4, 2013

  • Scott M.

    Looking forward to it

    May 1, 2013

  • Merlin C.

    Already have another event I am co-organizing that day. So won't be able to attend this one, unfortunately.

    April 28, 2013

  • Niharika P.

    I can help!

    1 · April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I would like to help out as a co-organizer along with at least two others. I would like to suggest "using technology innovations to improve public education" as a topic. The format could be a moderated discussion or brainstorming session.

    March 28, 2013

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