Animation in Data Visualization

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Agenda:

6:00-6:30 - Refreshments and Networking
6:30-7:30 - "Observations on Animation in Data Visualization" by Jon Schwabish
7:30-8:00 - Viz and Tell featuring DVDC Community Members (see below for notes on how to volunteer!)
8:00+ Data Drinks at Courthaus Social
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Observations on Animation in Data Visualization

Data visualization is a powerful and influential approach to communicate all types of data—big, small, qualitative, and quantitative. While static visualizations are commonplace and can be persuasive, effective, and memorable, animation has the potential to boost these impacts even further. With a new and broadening set of data visualization tools and technologies, and better and easier access to data, animating data visualizations can reach a wider audience. In this talk, I’ll make some observations about current approaches to animating data—both the good and the bad—and how analysts and researchers can use these approaches in their own work.

Speaker Notes:

Jonathan Schwabish is founder of the data visualization and presentation skills firm, PolicyViz, and a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC. There, he is a researcher in the Income and Benefits Policy Center and a member of the Institute’s Communication team where he specializes in data visualization and presentation design. His research agenda includes such areas as earnings and income inequality, immigration, disability insurance, retirement security, data measurement, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other aspects of public policy.

Dr. Schwabish is also considered a leader in the data visualization field and is a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in research. He has written on various aspects of how to best visualize data including technical aspects of creation, design best practices, and how to communicate social science research in more accessible ways.

In both positions, Dr. Schwabish helps nonprofits, research institutions, and governments at all levels improve how they communicate their work and findings to their partners, constituents, and citizens. He also teaches data visualization and presentation skills at Georgetown University, American University, the University at Buffalo, and in public workshops. He also hosts the PolicyViz Podcast, which focuses on data, open data, and data visualization. His book about presentation design and techniques, Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks helps people improve the way they prepare, design, and deliver data-rich content. He is on Twitter @jschwabish.

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Viz & Tell

Get up in front of your peers and talk about a viz project you're working on for 5 minutes. This is a great opportunity to get feed back on your work and to practice your presentation skills in a safe space. If you are interested in presenting, then please email ([masked]) to let us know you want to talk.

Speaker Notes:

You're one of the coolest people in the DC area. You really like data visualization and you're excited to show your work to others. You're also a kind person who can provide constructive criticism to others.