• Representation in News Graphics

    ZEIT Online

    Yes, we're back! In an attempt to revive the Data Viz Meetup Berlin since Betahaus closed its door at its old location, we'll meet a bit further west: The nice peeps from ZEIT Online let us use their event space. What? --------------------------------- This time, we'll talk about how data visualization can help us to represent people in all their diversity and nuances. Since this is a blurry topic, Lisa (that's me) will give a short introduction to the issue and what some data viz people have said about it so far. Who? --------------------------------- We're happy to announce three speaker groups: Zeit Online's Data Viz people will talk about their project "The New Colors of Europe" (https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2019-07/european-election-municipalities-eu-states-results-analysis-map), which is their in-depth coverage of the 2019 EU election. Marie-Louise Timcke (and maybe one of her colleagues) from Funke Interaktiv talks about how they simultaneously covered the elections on a local level for the different regions of several local newspapers in Germany. Cherian Grundmann will talk about "Nationalism and Dataviz - How popular media routinely fails to represent EU citizens", with a focus on the 2019 EU elections. He's the founder of OneEurope, an international digital magazine, in order to accelerate the development of cross-European awareness and identity. As always, if you have announcements to share, you can also do so at the end of the meetup. Where? --------------------------------- ZEIT Online! It's very, very close to the S-Bahn station "Anhalter Bahnhof". Exit there, then look for a ground-level corner of a building that's completely out of glass. You'll find a glass door to this glass room. That's where we'll be. We're very much looking forward to seeing you there!

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  • Datavis Practice

    Technologiestiftung Berlin

    As the end of the year is coming closer it’s time to have a gift to yourself and learn some datavis practice. After a short introduction by our speakers to different technologies we split up in groups of interest and discuss our experiences, hacks, techniques, …. This workshop will be hands on, so bring your laptop if you want. Elena Erdmann (https://twitter.com/elena_erdmann) is a data scientist at Zeit Online and a data journalism trainer at Journocode. She will speak about data wrangling with Jupyter. Fidel Thomet (https://twitter.com/fidelthomet) is a data visualizer at the Urban Complexity Lab and will speak about the data handling with the language Julia. Lennart Hildebrandt (https://twitter.com/len_hil) is a interface designer and data visualizer in Berlin an will speak about creating visualizations with D3 and React or Vue. Christopher Pietsch (https://twitter.com/chrispiecom) is a digital experiences and data visualization designer. He will speak about the usage of PixiJS for data visualization.

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  • Data Vis Book Club: Let's read "Storytelling with Data" together!

    A T T E N T I O N : The space in the Datawrapper office is limited. Please only sign up if you actually want to read the book, to not take away space from others. If you want to read the book but can't make it to the Meetup, there will also be a *global digital meetup happening on the 30th of October.* Read this blog post to learn more: https://blog.datawrapper.de/bookclub-swd/ Do you keep getting recommendations for data vis books, maybe even buy them, but don’t make it a priority to read them? How about we read these books together? How about we discuss the books we read, for the joy of it, and to get more out of it? That’s the idea behind the Data Vis Book Club. Our next book will be "Storytelling with Data" by Cole Nussbaumer-Knaflic. She has a background in applied math and worked for Google as a People Analytics Manager for almost six years. In 2015, she wrote “Storytelling with Data”. That phrase has been her recent life. She writes a blog, organizes a chart design challenge and records a podcast (clear recommendation!), all under the label “Storytelling with Data”. Read Cole’s book with us if you want to design better charts, communicate a clear(er) message and put yourself more in the shoes of the readers of your chart. How does the book club work? ------------------------------------------ 1. You get the book. Ask your local library to order it for you or buy it (used). 2. We all read the same book. That’s where the fun begins! Please use the hashtag #datavisclub or mention @datavisclub if you want to share your insights and surprises – I’ll make sure to tweet them out as @datavisclub. 3. We get together to talk about the book. Our conversation will be structured with the help of three questions: Three questions to think about ------------------------------------------- Our conversation will be structured with the help of three questions: 1 What was your general impression of the book? 2 What was most insightful & surprising about the book? Explain how a sentence, chapter or the whole idea of the book challenged something you assumed. 3 Having read the book, what will you do differently the next time you create a chart? There's also a *redesign challenge* if you find the time (I will bring my redesign for sure!). You can find more information about it in the blog post: https://blog.datawrapper.de/bookclub-swd/ ------------------------------------------- Very much looking forward to seeing you! Let's discuss "Storytelling with Data" :)

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  • DataVis Berlin meets IEEE Vis and Information+

    Technologiestiftung Berlin

    As IEEE Vis (http://ieeevis.org) and Information+ (http://www.informationplusconference.com/) both take place in Berlin/Potsdam this October, we want to bring communities and people together from all these different fields of data visualisation. We’ll have Paolo Ciuccarelli, Isabel Meirelles and Marian Dörk as representatives from the conferences to look back at the two events. But we want it to be a open disussion where everyone can share her/his thoughts. We want to discuss general themes/topics/problems that occurred and how the two conferences can work more closely together in the future.

  • Data Vis Book Club: Let's read Alberto Cairo together!

    A T T E N T I O N : The space in the Datawrapper office is limited. Please only sign up if you actually want to read the book, to not take away space from others. If you want to read the book but can't make it to the Meetup, there will also be a global digital meetup happening on the 19th of September. Read this blog post to learn more: https://blog.datawrapper.de/bookclub-cairomunzner/ ------------------------------------------ Do you keep getting recommendations for data vis books, maybe even buy them, but don’t make it a priority to read them? How about we read these books together? How about we discuss the books we read, for the joy of it, and to get more out of it? That’s the idea behind the Data Vis Book Club. Our next book will be "The Truthful Art" by Alberto Cairo. Alberto Cairo is one of the most influential voices in the data vis field these days. He’s teaching at the University of Miami, tours around the world with his “Visual Trumpery” talk and writes books: “The Functional Art” came out in 2012, “The Truthful Art” in 2016. Chances are you’ve heard of him. And have one of his books on your shelf. How does the book club work? ------------------------------------------ 1. You get the book. Ask your local library to order it for you or buy it (used). 2. We all read the same book. That’s where the fun begins! Please use the hashtag #datavisclub or mention @datavisclub if you want to share your insights and surprises – I’ll make sure to tweet them out as @datavisclub. 3. We get together on September 20th to talk about the book. Our conversation will be structured with the help of three questions: Three questions to think about ------------------------------------------- A What was your general impression of the book? B What was most insightful & surprising about the book? Explain how a sentence, chapter or the whole idea of the book challenged something you assumed. C Having read the book, what will you do differently the next time you create a chart? You can prepare for this question, or, if you won’t find the time, don’t prepare anything at all and just come by and chat. ------------------------------------------- Very much looking forward to seeing you! Let's discuss Alberto Cairo :)

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  • Data Vis Book Club: Let's read Tamara Munzner together! (Chapter 1-6)

    A T T E N T I O N : The space in the Datawrapper office is limited. Please only sign up if you actually want to read the book, to not take away space from others. If you want to read the book but can't make it to the Meetup, there will also be a global digital meetup happening on the 19th of September. Read this blog post to learn more: https://blog.datawrapper.de/bookclub-cairomunzner/ ------------------------------------------ Do you keep getting recommendations for data vis books, maybe even buy them, but don’t make it a priority to read them? How about we read these books together? How about we discuss the books we read, for the joy of it, and to get more out of it? That’s the idea behind the Data Vis Book Club. Our next book will be Tamara Munzner’s “Visualization Analysis & Design”. Tamara Munzner is a computer science professor in Vancouver and wrote this book in 2014 to “scratch her own itch”: She wanted to write the perfect textbook for her course. The result is a dense tour through her structured & science-based view of the data visualization process. Read this book with us if you want to ------------------------------------------ - extend your vocabulary when talking about charts and data analysis: You’ll learn how to use terms like marks, channels, items, attributes or validation. - get to know a structured way to think about chart design, the goals you can achieve with your data, and which techniques to apply to your data. - learn not just chart design principles, but understand why they exist (yay, science!). Definitely helpful if you need to communicate why your charts are designed the way they are. How does the book club work? ------------------------------------------ 1. You get the book. Ask your local library to order it for you or buy it (used). 2. We all read the same book (chapter 1 to including 6). That’s where the fun begins! Please use the hashtag #datavisclub or mention @datavisclub if you want to share your insights and surprises – I’ll make sure to tweet them out as @datavisclub. 3. We get together on September 20th to talk about the first six chapters of the book (there will be another meetup for the other eight chapters). Our conversation will be structured with the help of three questions: Three questions to think about ------------------------------------------- A What was your general impression of the book? B What was most insightful & surprising about the book? Explain how a sentence, chapter or the whole idea of the book challenged something you assumed. C Having read the book, what will you do differently the next time you create a chart? You can prepare for this question, or, if you won’t find the time, don’t prepare anything at all and just come by and chat. ------------------------------------------- Very much looking forward to seeing you! Let's discuss Tamara Munzner :)

  • Data Vis Book Club: Let's read Tufte together!

    Datawrapper

    A T T E N T I O N : The space in the Datawrapper office is limited. Please only sign up if you actually want to read the book, to not take away space from others. If you want to read the book but can't make it to the Meetup, there will also be a digital meetup happening on the 14th of August. Read this blog post to learn more: https://blog.datawrapper.de/bookclub-tufte/ ------------------------------------------ Do you keep getting recommendations for data vis books, maybe even buy them, but don’t make it a priority to read them? How about we read these books together? How about we discuss the books we read, for the joy of it, and to get more out of it? That’s the idea behind the Data Vis Book Club. Our first book is a data vis classic and can be found unread on many shelves: “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information” by Edward Tufte, in the second edition from 2001. On August 15th, we'll meet at the Datawrapper office to discuss this book! How does the book club work? ------------------------------------------ 1. You get the book. Ask your local library to order it for you or buy it (used). 2. We all read the same book. That’s where the fun begins! If you want get your Twitter followers involved, please use the hashtag #datavisclub, so that we have a good overview. If you don’t want to spam your Twitter followers, we also have a document set up where we can all collectively write down notes & surprising bits that you found: https://notes.datawrapper.de/p/bookclub-tufte 3. We get together on August 15th to talk about the book. Our conversation will be structured with the help of three questions: Three questions to think about ------------------------------------------- A What was the most surprising thing you’ve learned? Choose a text passage, and explain how it challenged something you assumed. B Select one of your favorite data visualizations. Is it working well because of a principle that Tufte explained? Or do you appreciate something about it although it goes against Tufte’s principles? C Having read the book, what will you do differently the next time you design a chart? You can prepare for this question, or, if you won’t find the time, don’t prepare anything at all and just come by and chat. ------------------------------------------- Very much looking forward to seeing you! Let's discuss Tufte :)

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  • Open Mic Session

    Betahaus Café

    Show and tell! This meetup is about the diversity in our community. Everybody is invited to present what they are working on. Might it be the project you just finished for your company, a university course or just a project you have been working on in your free time. Maybe there is not much yet to show except an idea, some wireframes or datasets. Maybe you are looking for people to help you, get some critical feedback or show some points you’ve learned along the way. Don't be afraid, nobody bites and everyone of us has something to offer that she or he can teach others.

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  • Data Vis Talks: Mapping Cities – Making Cities

    Betahaus Café

    The cities we are living in are complex systems that are hard to understand in its dynamics. Visualizing the generated data can give us insights of the hidden pattern behind the city. But they also make cities. By deciding what to include into the maps, we create images and realities of the city. Join us for three talks on Tuesday that approach this topic from different perspectives! We're very excited to have the following speakers: ------ Lisa Rudolf (@lisa_g_r) will share her experiences of interdisciplinary team work by giving insights into Viavelox, a research project dealing with the visualisation of gps-tracked bike rides. A special emphasis will be put on the collaborative creative process with all its highs and lows ( and why it was totally worth it). Lisa is a communication design student at UAS Mannheim specializing in interaction & information design. ------ Heike Otten (@heikeotten_) will present her project „Urban data flaneur“, an augmented reality visualization to explore urban data right in the city. She will give some process insights and share lessons learned about the combination of augmented reality and data visualization. Heike is a Berlin-based UX designer with a heart for data visualization. Some of her work can be found here: http://www.heikeotten.de ------ Fabian Dinklage (@fdnklg) and Fabian Ehmel (@fabianehmel) will present „City in Flux“, a project that visualizes the informal and formal mobility networks of Cape Town. Their talk will give some insights into the data analysis process and the major design decisions. Fabian and Fabian are both working as interaction designers and studying Interfacedesign at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. They developed this course project together with Valentina Troendle and Caroline Doyé.

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  • Data Vis Talks: Art & Knowledge

    Betahaus Café

    Join us tonight to hear fascinating talks about how art can form new kinds of knowledge. We're excited to have two great speakers, Kim Albrecht and Peter Crnokrak; and we're sure that inspiring conversations will emerge. So come to Betahaus, have a drink, listen to our speakers and talk data vis! --- Kim Albrecht’s talk will show how glitches reveal the inner workings of the systems we trust everyday and how visualisations can help us in our algorithm-driven society. Kim Albrecht visualizes cultural, technological, and scientific forms of knowledge. His diagrams are meant to unfold and question the structures of representation and explore the aesthetic of the intermingling of technology and society through the sensual knowledge of tracing information. --- Peter Crnokrak’s talk will focus on the historical dynamics of war and conflict and its effect on human creative output by surveying the last 500 years of scientific discoveries and artistic creations. Peter Crnokrak is a computational artist whose work addresses the ever changing reference point of reality and experience, with a particular focus on the extremes of societal behaviour as a means by which to characterise the human condition. His practice is an experimental platform that utilises symbolic logic to communicate meaning in complex systems with work integrating research, analysis and experimental technologies.

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