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Design for data

  • May 24, 2016 · 7:30 PM
  • The Skiff

This month we'll be looking at data supplied by Brighton based Jez Nicholson who runs openplaques.org a database of commemorative plaques round the world. Started in 2009, the database consists of over 35,000 records and documents historical links between people and places.


The aim of the session will be to look at different ways of visualising the data. We'll start by establishing what we'd like to find out from the data. (For example, we might want to know which historical figures have most plaques dedicated to them.) We'll then explore ways to visualise the data in such a way to answer our questions.


We'll work collaboratively and at times might split into smaller groups. Paper and pens will be provided for sketching out ideas (do feel free to bring your own) and this will be an interactive session. No laptops required.


No prior experience of data visualisation is required or expected: just come with an enquiring mind!


(As ever, please keep your RSVP up to date if you sign up, in order not to disappoint those on the wait list.)

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  • Peter C.

    Thanks again to Jez who supplied the openplaques.org data and to all who came along! I've put some of the links up on the website: http://www.datavisbrighton.com/

    4 · May 25

    • Swati

      Thank you this is very helpful!

      May 25

  • Louise

    Very enjoyable again! Thanks!

    1 · May 25

  • Peter T.

    Thanks for an interesting evening. Sorry couldn't join you in pub afterwards - will do next time.

    1 · May 25

  • Peter C.

    I'm looking forward to tonight's Meetup. If anyone who's signed up is no longer coming, could you please update your RSVP as we've a few on the waiting list. Otherwise, see you all later!

    May 24

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