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Pushing the Community Forward

  • Feb 13, 2014 · 6:30 PM

Combined event between Bay Area d3 User Group and Data Visualization Group in the Bay Area. The goal of this event is to create a conversation in the community around ideas that help challenge the ways people work with and comprehend information. 

Event Details 
6:30 - 7:00: Beer and Pizza 
7:00 - 8:30: Talks followed by Q&A 
8:30 - 9:00: Networking 

Talks
Whatever Happened to “Augmenting Human Intellect”? - Scott Murray (University of San Francisco) 
The fundamental role of data visualization is to express information in a form more palatable to human perception than rows and columns of raw values. We are visual creatures, and visualization is a necessary tool for our brains to acquire, explore, analyze, and reason with data. Douglas Engelbart’s recent passing has me reflecting on why we do what we do, and whether or not we are fulfilling Engelbart’s goal of “augmenting human intellect.” On one hand, visualization is a technology perfectly suited to support this goal. Yet, too often, we see graphics whose inaccuracy and oversimplification is fundamentally misleading, effectively dumbing us down — the opposite of what we need. This is not just a gripe about poorly designed visuals; this is an opportunity to reevaluate the values that inform our work. How can we reframe and refocus our work on the worthy goals of visionaries like Engelbart and Vannevar Bush? With some adjustments, visualization can play a less trivial, more fundamental role within the larger domains of technology and society. 

Combining Narrative, Model, and Information Visualization - Elijah Meeks (Stanford University Library) 
As information visualization methods mature, we see a growth of information visualization integrated with traditional linear text narrative. This is especially important in the development of research and publication methods for humanities scholarship, where scholars have traditionally relied entirely on text narrative without even static figures or maps. The growth of digital humanities, with its integration of spatial analysis, text analysis, and network analysis into the study of traditional topics in history, literature, philosophy and classics, has spurred the development of approaches that more directly tie interactive information visualization with text narrative. 

Sponsorship
Stripe (space and food) 
Stripe is the easiest way to accept credit card payments on your website or mobile app. With Stripe, you can create the payment experience you want in minutes, and Stripe will take care of all the heavy lifting, including security and daily transfers to your bank account. Stripe powers payments for thousands of businesses of every size—from start ups to Fortune 50 companies. Stripe's investors include PayPal co-founders Peter Thiel, Max Levchin, and Elon Musk, Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz. 

Bluenose Analytics (videography) 
Bluenose provides a customer success platform for SaaS businesses to increase revenue, using predictive analytics to engage at-risk customers and identify drivers of churn. 
We were founded in November, 2012 and are venture-backed by The Social+Capital Partnership and Norwest Venture Partners. 

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  • Miles M.

    Hey All, The videos are up online now, thanks again Scott and Elijah for some great talks: http://youtu.be/kUQN8Etsdf8
    http://youtu.be/Qx10Svpe1-s

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Carlos A.

    was expecting something slightly different after reading the title but once I got there the presentations actually made sense in the context of the title

    February 14, 2014

    • Daniel B.

      This was an interesting pair of talks, but the relation to the "community" was unclear: it referred more to the community of data visualizers, I suppose, as much as public communities. Both the historical presentation of the value of pursuing data visualizations and the producting use of D3 in academics were persuasive, but really addressed different communities of data visualization.

      February 14, 2014

  • Miles M.

    Thanks all for such a great event tonight. I'll post the talks online as we get them.

    3 · February 13, 2014

    • Will

      I'd love to see them!

      February 14, 2014

  • Fernando

    Would there be there any slides for this event?

    2 · February 14, 2014

  • Harold B.

    Thanks to Stripe and the speakers. It was a great event and I learned a lot. The event was well attended, and there were a hundred people on the waiting list. Still there were many empty seats and much left over food. One idea would be to offer a limited number people a "stand by" status. They could show up knowing that entry is contingent upon the available space.
    Just a thought. I'm sure any system will have some drawbacks.

    2 · February 14, 2014

  • Vanessa N.

    Very cool.

    February 14, 2014

  • Fernando

    What are the open source and inexpensive resources of software that are highly recommended that one can look at in being new to data visualization?

    February 13, 2014

  • Heather E.

    So sad to miss this one.

    February 13, 2014

  • Miles M.

    If you are unable to make this event please update their registration for those on the waiting list, as this event is really popular

    2 · February 12, 2014

  • Heather

    Hope I can get off the waitlist too!

    February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would really like to get off the waitlist so if anyone can't make it, please update your RSVP. Thanks!

    1 · February 10, 2014

    • Will

      Aren't we only using what was donated to us?

      February 10, 2014

    • Miles M.

      This venue will support roughly the expected number of people. There are two signup pages (one for each meetup involved) that total to 250 people. Yes there are nearly 400 people who have registered for this event, but given limitations of most office spaces (where we look for sponsored venues) it is difficult to accommodate the demand. If anyone knows of sponsored venues that support roughly 500 people, please contact the organizers as we all would be happy to work with them.

      February 10, 2014

  • Will

    Darn. Soccer got moved to this night. Hopefully someone will take my place!

    February 10, 2014

  • Will

    Excited to come!

    January 20, 2014

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