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UBCTUG July 2013 Meeting - Science and Art Together

  • Jul 25, 2013 · 2:00 PM
  • Henry Angus Room 335

Join us for our UBC Tableau User Group July 2013 meeting on July 25, 2013 from 2-4PM!


RSVP for the event at



Henry Angus Room 335
2053 Main Mall V6T 1Z2
UBC Campus, Vancouver


Henry Angus Building WayFinding:



2:00-2:15 –  Welcome and meet and greet
2:15-3:00 –  Science and Art Together : Communicating Quantitative Information Better (
Martin Krzywinski)
3:00-3:45 –  Dashboard Showcase and Data Viz Challenge
3:45-4:00 – Open discussion, Q&A



Our featured speaker for our July 2013 meeting is Martin Krzywinski. Martin will talk about about the fundamental concepts in how quantitative information can be communicated better.

Martin is a scientist at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Center. Martin is the creator of Circos, now a community standard for displaying information in Genomics.

More recently, Martin introduced a method for rationally visualizing networks using hive plots. Martin's information graphics and Circos have appeared in the New York TimesWired, Conde Nast Portfolio, and on covers of books and scientific journals, like Science, Nature, PNAS, EMBO Journal, Journal of Pathology and American Scientist. Martin has a weakness for espresso, fashion and abstract photography, and the intersection of spam and poetry. He is a former owner of the world’s most popular rat.

Learn more about Martin Krzywinski:

Martin Krzywinski Bio 1

Martin Krzywinski Bio 1

For the second half of the meeting, we are opening the floor for a dashboarding showcase, so please bring your dashboards and share  your viz experience. We will start by sharing some of the dashboards we created and our experience creating them. We will also open the floor for a viz challenge! If you have a data set and you want to see what kinds of visualizations we can do on it with Tableau - please bring your data set! We'll have lots of fun vizzing! (If you want to email your data set ahead of time, please do let us know)

Additional Notes:

BC Genome Sciences Centre -

The BC Genome Sciences Centre is the leading international centre for genomics and bioinformatics research. Our mandate is to advance knowledge about cancer and other diseases, to improve human health through disease prevention, diagnosis and therapeutic approaches, and to realize the social and economic benefits of genomics research


What is Tableau?

Tableau is an analytics software package that allows you to visually explore your data and create interactive visual reports, allowing you to more easily gain insights into your data and communicate your results. See for more info on Tableau.

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  • Jens

    Very interesting! I learned a lot.

    July 25, 2013

  • George F.

    Hi there, here are Martin Krzywinski's slides for today:
    Thank you Martin!

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • George F.

    We'll ask Mr Krzywinski to share his slides with the group if he can. For the second part of the meeting we'll share different dashboards so there won't be any slides.

    July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks George! Will try to attend in-person next time.

      July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really wanted to attend but have urgent issues to attend to. Any chance the presenter's slide deck will be made available? Thanks!

    July 24, 2013

  • Jason M.

    Visualizing a fun time...

    1 · June 14, 2013

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