• Animation in Data Visualization

    Arlington Tech eXchange (Excella Consulting)

    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 ***** 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. ***** 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.

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  • See What Matters: Hand-Drawn Visual Skills to Create Meaning

    Arlington Tech eXchange (Excella Consulting)

    Agenda: 6:00 - Refreshments 6:00-7:15 - Hand Drawn Graphics Workshop 7:15-7:30 - 15 minute break, with Refreshments 7:30-9:00 Hand Drawn Graphics Workshop part 2. **** See What Matters: Hand-Drawn Visual Skills to Create Meaning As a data viz pro, you already know the power of creating visuals that convey more meaning than words and numbers can alone. The old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words” is surely true when it comes to helping people understand information, generate ideas and set priorities. You can enhance your visual thinking by adding hand-drawn work for sketchnoting, team meetings and planning sessions. You can also create engaging infographics, PowerPoint presentations and other communications. Do you (or did you at some point) enjoy drawing? You’ll love learning how to combine images, words, color layout and more to create meaning for yourself and others. Think you can’t draw? You’ll have fun and be surprised to see how quickly you too can develop valuable visuals. In this special session, you will learn how to: • Use bullets, color and text styles to create more meaningful and memorable notes • Draw your ideas – even if you aren’t at all artistic • Apply your new visual techniques Companies such as Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, Wal-Mart, Peet’s Coffee and Tea as well as leading nonprofits government agencies and universities are utilizing hand-drawn processes and communications. Join us to learn skills you can use for yourself, with your colleagues and maybe even as a full-time visual practitioner. **** Speaker Notes: Caryn Ginsberg, co-founder of Priority Ventures Group (http://priorityventures.com), has more than 25 years experience helping businesses and nonprofits get better results. As a strategy consultant, graphic facilitator and infographic designer, she enables organizations to see what matters for success by looking at the big picture both literally and figuratively. She has taught visual skills workshops for clients including Johns Hopkins University, AARP and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Washington DC/Baltimore Alumni Chapter.

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  • #VizRisk Challenge: Open Build DC

    Mapbox

    We are excited to partner with GFDRR, Mapbox, the World Bank, and Data Viz Society in this years #VizRisk Challenge. While this is a global event, data viz folks from the DMV area are invited to come together in a physical space to learn from each other and co-create. There will also be a video link for those who cannot attend in person. Please register for this event by going to: https://vizrisk-dc.splashthat.com/ Also, please visit the challenge's main website to learn more: https://understandrisk.org/vizrisk/ ####################### ### More Information ### ####################### Are you interested in data visualization? Do you want to learn how to use data viz to “see” disaster and climate risk, all while helping people make better decisions? Join the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) Labs team, Mapbox and the Data Visualization Society in a map and data design challenge, with the purpose of helping people understand and communicate disaster risk. For the 2019 #VizRisk challenge, we invite you to explore how maps and visualization techniques can help citizens and governments better understand and use data on natural hazards, exposure, and vulnerability. Work with real-world “risk data” to tell a visual story about disaster risk in a specific location. Create something that shifts the way people understand risk and prepare for disasters. Follow along with a community of builders and complete this four-part challenge, and compete for a grand prize and category prizes. The challenge runs from May 15 - July 15, 2019. Learn more and sign up for updates. Below is the agenda. Learn more by visiting the main event page - https://understandrisk.org/vizrisk/ 22 May — Webinar: Creating map-based data visualizations 29 May — Webinar: Understanding and communicating risk data 4 June — Event: Hands-on building time in San Francisco, California (video link for remote participants) 5 June — Event: Hands-on building time in Washington D.C. (video link for remote participants)

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  • DVDC and RLadies Host: Interactive Data Visualization in R & Viz-and-Tell

    Arlington Tech eXchange (Excella Consulting)

    We are excited to co-host this event with RLadies DC. Please visit their meetup page to learn more about one the best R resources in the DMV area (https://www.meetup.com/rladies-dc/) Agenda: 6:00-6:30 - Refreshments and Networking 6:30-7:30 - "Interactive Data Visualization in R" by Gwynn Sturdevant 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 ***** Interactive Data Visualization in R Gwynn will give an overview of the ggplot2 plotting package and four interactive R plotting packages that enhance existing ggplot2 graphics: gganimate, ggiraph, plotly, and shiny. Speaker Notes: Gwynn Sturdevant is a data scientist at Volanno who completed her PhD at The University of Auckland with Thomas Lumley. ***** 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.

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  • Let's Visit Carni Klirs' Fugazi Data Viz Exhibit!

    Lost Origins Gallery

    January's presenter, Carni Klirs, created a series of epic data visualizations about his favorite D.C. band Fugazi, and it's now an exhibit! PLEASE RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-visit-carni-klirs-fugazi-data-viz-exhibit-tickets-61512568749 Carni has arranged a private showing, so come by the Lost Origins Gallery between 5:30 and 7 PM on Tuesday, May 14th to explore his impressive work. All data viz fans are welcome! Please note: This event is not hosted or sponsored by Data Viz DC, we just really like Carni!

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  • Send Me Data Viz

    Arlington Tech eXchange (Excella Consulting)

    Agenda: 6:00-6:30 - Refreshments and Networking 6:30-7:30 - "Send Me Data Viz" by Dan McCarey 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 ***** Send Me Data Viz In the summer of 2017, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art launched a mobile service called Send Me SFMOMA that allowed anyone to request a piece of art from the collection via text message. Millions of users asked for everything from “send me something abstract” and “send me kisses” to "send me friends” and "send me away". Dan will tell the story of the visualization he built for SFMOMA using the data from the Send Me project. He’ll describe the design process, share early concepts, talk about the challenges encountered along the way, and discuss the role of data in art and art in data. Speaker Notes: Dan McCarey is a data artist. He is the Principal of Maptian, a data visualization and mapping studio and the founder of Graphafi, a tool for visualizing high dimensional datasets. ***** 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.

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  • Introduction to Graph Data & Graph Visualization

    Arlington Tech eXchange (Excella Consulting)

    Agenda: 6:00-6:30 - Refreshments and Networking 6:30-7:30 - "Introduction to Graph Data & Graph Visualization" from Joe Parry & Corey Lanum 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 ***** Introduction to Graph Data & Graph Visualization Graphs are a way of looking at the relationships embedded in complex data. Over the last 5 years, the graph data model has exploded from an academic interest to a commonplace business technology used in fields as diverse as intelligence analysis and IT infrastructure. Over the course of a 45 minute talk, Parry and Lanum will walk the audience through an introduction to the graph model and discuss the implications for visualization including when and why visualizing graphs may be useful. For the second half of the talk, Corey Lanum will distribute an online survey collecting small biographical details about the audience (participation is optional and survey responses do not need to be genuine). He will then, with attendee participation, build a graph from the data and explore different techniques for visualizing that data in a way that can produce interesting insight. Speaker Notes: Joe Parry - Founder & CEO of Cambridge Intelligence Joe has worked on visualization systems for intelligence work for the last thirteen years, doing software development, design, systems architecture and more experimental research projects. His achievements include a PhD earned as a member of Stephen Hawking’s research group. Corey Lanum - Commercial Director of Cambridge Intelligence Corey has worked with the largest defense, intelligence, security and anti-fraud organizations in North America. He has a diverse background working on big data initiatives and implementing proven solutions that provide customers with key insights into their data. He is the author of the book Visualizing Graph Data, from Manning Publications. ***** 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.

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  • Visualization Hackathon Sprint: A “Data Made me Donate” Design Challenge

    Arlington Tech eXchange (Excella Consulting)

    #===================================# #============== Update =============# #===================================# You can gain access to data and supporting material at our google drive folder. The folder includes - A slide deck with information about the design challenge and context about the data. This slide deck will be presented by Miriam's Kitchen attendees. - Two subfolders filled with data: Federal datasets and datasets specific to MK - A folder filled with design resources such as a style guide and MK's logo - A folder filled with informational resources to learn more about the subject matter. The google drive can be located here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1sbMWj_UQ_UACSbUYZ8jlmlAydBiEZ0zJ #===================================# #=========== End Update ============# #===================================# Our February meetup will pivot away from presentations and give our community the opportunity to collaborate on data visualizations of DC Point in Time Survey data about the DC homeless population. You can learn more about this year’s PIT survey here: http://community-partnership.org/news-item/2019-point-in-time-count Miriam’s Kitchen is working to end chronic homelessness in our nation’s capital. More than a meal, MK provides case management services and works in partnership with other community organizations to place individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in permanent supportive housing. You can learn more about their missing and work here: https://miriamskitchen.org/about-us/ Our partners at Miriam’s Kitchen will share subject matter expertise, help our community understand how to accurately represent this sensitive information, and work with DVDC leaders to curate a set of datasets for use during the event. If feasible, datasets will be released in advance of the event for those who want to get a jump start. The event is open to those with all levels of data viz experience, including those looking to learn more about how to develop compelling, engaging visualizations. Participants can use the tech stack of their choosing, from Excel to D3 At the end of the event, participants can share their creations through our shared Git repository and Miriam’s Kitchen will use the products in their advocacy work. Agenda: 6pm – Introduction to data + content from Miriam’s Kitchen 6:15-8:15pm – Design and develop visualizations (can work individually or in self-organized groups) 8:15-8:30pm – Share designs (voluntary) Dinner and prototyping materials will be provided by Excella

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  • Visualizing the History of Fugazi + Viz and Tell

    Arlington Tech eXchange (Excella Consulting)

    We are happy to announce that we are co-hosting January's event with the awesome folks at the Art + Code Collective (https://www.meetup.com/Art-Code-Collective/). Agenda: 6:00-6:30 - Refreshments and Networking 6:30-7:15 - "Visualizing the History of Fugazi" from Carni Klirs 7:15-8:00 - Viz and Tell featuring DVDC Community Members (see below for notes on how to volunteer!) 8:00-??:?? - Data Drink @ Courthaus Social! *** Visualizing the Fugazi SPEAKER BIO: Carni Klirs is a designer and a musician from Washington, DC. He fell in love with design in high school, by making flyers for punk shows. The social activism of the DC punk scene led him to organizations that use design for social good. After graduating from American University, he spent 5 years at Free Range Studios, working for non-profit clients such as Save the Children, Habitat for Humanity, and NARAL Pro Choice America. He is currently Senior Designer at World Resources Institute, an environmental research non-profit. While at WRI, he developed a passion for working with data and visualizing complex topics for non-expert audiences. To further these skills, he recently completed the Information Visualization Masters program at Maryland Institute College of Art. SUMMARY: I found out about my first punk show in Washington, D.C. because someone at my high school handed me a flyer. A black and white photocopied quarter-sheet of paper, cryptic and intriguing. One show led to another, and at 17 I found myself at Fugazi’s last DC show at Fort Reno. It was an incendiary, powerful performance. I was hooked. Fugazi documented everything. They kept ledgers. They recorded their live shows. In 2011 the band put together a Fugazi Live Series website that includes information on every show they ever played. They’ve consistently been adding live recordings to the archive, and are now up to more than 800 shows. There is an obsessive amount of detail on each show, such as how many people attended, who they played with, and a comments section where attendees that show can share their experiences. So I decided to scrape data off of that webpage and try to visualize the history of the band, to convey why they were important to me, and to so many others. Fugazi is a lens into a multi-generational subculture that is still active today. They helped foster a community of bands through Dischord Records, which was co-created and still run by Ian MacKaye of Fugazi. They only played all ages shows, and kept door prices to five dollars, making sure every show was as accessible as possible.They decided very early on that every local show they played would be a benefit show, raising money for causes that would directly impact in the community. This is my fanzine, an obsessive documentation of a band I love, told through their own data. It’s my contribution to that legacy of precious ephemera, the printed matter that gets collected and obsessed over, or perhaps perused briefly then tossed in the bin. Join me as I share a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of "Visualizing the History of Fugazi," where I'll be discussing the iterative process, the design decisions, and the tools used. *** 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. *** Data Drinks @ Corthaus Social (2300 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington VA 22201

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  • You are an Artist + Viz and Tell

    4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW

    To wrap up the year, we want to inspire your data visualization learning journey! We'll have a talk from Mike Cisneros on the value of investing your time in building public visualizations and share projects from community members. *** Agenda 6:00-6:30 - Refreshments and Networking 6:30-7:15 - "You are an Artist" from Mike Cisneros 7:15-8:00 - Viz and Tell featuring DVDC Community Members (see below for notes on how to volunteer!) *** You are an Artist: How and why to get started making public data visualizations Whether it’s for fun, for practice, for activism, or for pure curiosity, creating your own visualizations and putting them out in public has a tremendous upside—for you, your company, and the world. It doesn't have to be scary! In this talk, we will discuss various facets of public visualizations such as how to start vizzing in public, common design pitfalls to watch for, how to get comfortable with not succeeding, and much more. Speaker Notes: At various times in his career, Mike Cisneros has been: an editor; a software developer: a graphic designer; a data analyst; and an online community builder. Today, he uses the skills learned from all these disciplines to provide elegant, persuasive, and effective data visualizations, for fun and profit. *** 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.

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