• Creating relatable data viz - lessons from India with Reuter's Gurman Bhatia

    **What is the talk about?** There is a popular notion that numbers are dry and boring. But that need not be the case. Through the Reuters Graphics coverage of the Indian election and pollution, we look at ways in which we can make national stories relevant for a global audience. Sometimes that might involve using 8,500 photos of candidates in the election, other times it might be installing a camera on a roof to see what pollution “looks” like. **Who is Gurman Bhatia?** She is a data and graphics journalist at Reuters where she tells stories with code. Her work ranges from data extraction and analysis to making visualisations that best tell those findings. She has previously worked at The Hindustan Times in India and investigative teams in local newspapers in the United States. **About event and housekeeping** Big thanks to WeWork, who is graciously hosting this event. As there are limited seats at the location, we will cap the maximum number of attendees. If you are not coming, please release your slot so that others who are interested can attend. Often many folks register but don't show up, which is unfair to other attendees and makes things difficult for hosts. I beg your understanding on this. If you are really interested and want to gatecrash, ping me and I'll help with any registration at location. We never serve food and drinks at our public talks, so please eat before coming, or you can join us for dinner/snacks after the event! This is cross posted with our sister meetup group Hacks and Hackers SG.

  • Visualising for Space from Low-Earth Orbit

    WeWork 22 Cross Street

    5 Surprises when Visualising for Space: What you may not have realised about data from Low-Earth Orbit Synopsis: With the explosion of interest in commercial space in recent years, there is now a huge influx of data flowing in from orbit. This has many implications for human society, but only if we can unlock its insights. Let's discuss challenges in designing visualisations with a designer who used to work in space, sharing some of his most surprising findings while constantly balancing explainability with the inherent complexity of space. Speaker: Yong Lin is a multi-disciplinary designer who previously worked on data visualisations in many domains. Owing to his industrial design background and technical art and animation experience in the AAA game industry, he helped Spire Global, a Silicon Valley new space data company, to design and develop both marketing visualisations and internal tools for their satellite constellation. He has also contributed to the development of a virtual reality anatomy curriculum in the Keio-NUS CUTE research lab to aid medical students in understanding complex structures in the human body. His interests include sleeping, one of the best ways to visualise his dreams. About event and housekeeping: Big thanks to WeWork, who is graciously hosting this event. As there are limited seats at the location, we will cap the maximum number of attendees. If you are not coming, please release your slot so that others who are interested can attend. Often many folks register but don't show up, which is unfair to other attendees and makes things difficult for hosts. I beg your understanding on this. If you are really interested and want to gatecrash, ping me and I'll help with any registration at location. We never serve food and drinks at our public talks, so please eat before coming, or you can join us for dinner/snacks after the event! This is cross posted with our sister meetup group Hacks and Hackers SG.

  • Storytelling with Maps: Understanding the Belt and Road

    WeWork 22 Cross Street

    “Understanding the Belt and Road” (https://bri.kontinentalist.com/) is a data story where maps played a central feature in the narrative. How did maps empower the understanding of a complicated geopolitical topic? The team from Kontinentalist shares their experience in research, design, and developing the story, and their discovery of the potential and limits of map-based storytelling. Background: Back in September 2013, President Xi Jinping first introduced the Silk Road Economic Belt during his visit to Kazakhstan. Just a month later, he gave another speech to the Indonesian parliament and proposed the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Together, these two features are now dubbed the Belt, Road Initiative (or sometimes, One Belt, One Road). About Kontinentalist / Speakers: Kontinentalist is a brand new and experimental Asian-focused editorial outfit that uses maps and data to power narratives. Loh Pei Ying Pei Ying takes care of the day-to-day functions of Kontinentalist and is the resident data visualiser. She was trained as a historian, and previously worked in several heritage-related institutions. She seeks plot twists in stories, and is now looking for unique ways to combine history and data in narratives. Joceline Kuswanto As Kontinentalist’s product and experience designer, Joceline crafts Kontinentalist’s visual language and story-driven experiences from button to brochure. In the cold world of data, she strives to bring empathy into her design. Dylan Ng Dylan is the lead developer at Kontinentalist, and is in charge of bringing Kontinentalist's assets to life. What guides him is the constant curiosity of how things work and the joy of finding a solution. Also thanks to our hosts WeWork for hosting this event! There is limited event space so we have to limit attendance to first come first serve to be safe. If you have said you are coming but cannot, please consider relinquishing your space to others. Thanks!

  • Open Data & Data Journalism in Myanmar (+ Data Journalism Awards)

    Singapore Press Holdings

    Cross-posted from the HHSG meetup group (https://www.meetup.com/Hacks-Hackers-Singapore/) 7.30 - 7.45pm: Introduction to Data Journalism Awards by competition manager, Kuek Ser Kuang Keng 7.45pm - end: Promoting open data and data journalism in Myanmar with Yan Naung Oak Over the past decade, open data and data journalism have become widely practised all over the world. But how about in developing countries that are transitioning from an environment where transparency is very limited, and journalists face a whole slew of obstacles? In this talk, he will recount the lessons learned about the challenges involved in working with the government, civil society and journalists in Myanmar to promote the release of more open data, and developing data literacy skills among journalists. We will also discuss the extent to which efforts at promoting open data and journalism are genuinely beneficial to a developing country, or if the costs of such efforts exceed their benefits. About the speaker: Yan Naung Oak is a freelance data visualization designer, as well as an open data, data literacy, and civic tech advocate. He splits his time between Phandeeyar, an innovation hub in Yangon, to build up an open data community in Myanmar, and School of Data, where he supports data literacy training for civil society organizations and journalists all over the world.

  • Maps & Science: how data visualization helps us understand our cities

    A big thanks to Prof Ate from SUTD for giving this talk, which will be hosted at Google! Synopsis What is data visualization? And is it an art or a science? Although there are many different types of visualization, maps are one of the oldest (and coolest) forms. In this talk, I’ll show what data visualization can learn from maps and the history of map-making to help answer these questions. I will also share specific examples of how we are using data visualization today in both academic research focused on understanding cities as well as practical urban planning and decision making. Bio Ate Poorthuis is an Assistant Professor in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Singapore University of Technology and Design, where he heads up the Spatial Networks Lab and the Master’s programme in Urban Science. His research explores the possibilities and limitations of big data, through quantitative analysis and visualization, to better understand how our cities work. He teaches courses on map making, data science and interactive data visualization.

  • dataSTories: How ST is using data & machine learning for reporting

    SPH News Center (T8.2/T8.3)

    Every year, parents across Singapore tackle the P1 registration phases armed with data. At The Straits Times, the team wanted to see how this data could be used in a meaningful way for their readers, and not just for reporting. This is where machine learning was used to create one of their most popular dataSTories to date. http://str.sg/p1-reg Thong Yong Jun, senior web developer, will go into detail about how he used machine learning in the P1 story and Rebecca Pazos, interactive graphics journalist, will introduce the new dataSTories concept and talk about some of the other pieces that have been created so far this year. Explaining the gender pay gap in Singapore: https://graphics.straitstimes.com/STI/STIMEDIA/Interactives/2018/03/dataSTories-gender-pay-gap/index.html Public holidays in Asia: https://graphics.straitstimes.com/STI/STIMEDIA/Interactives/2018/04/data-story-public-holidays/index.html Love scams in Singapore: https://graphics.straitstimes.com/STI/STIMEDIA/Interactives/2018/03/data-stories-love-in-exchange-for-cash/index.html

  • Connecting readers through visuals with Weiyi Cai (Dawn) from Reuters SG

    The Metro @ thebridge, Level 1, Ascent

    TALK SYNOPSIS: How to make our work digestible and relatable? In my opinion, it's one of the challenges we face as graphic journalists - the stories we cover could be taking place thousands of miles away from our readers, and data, our best friend, could be hard to grasp at times. In the past year or so, through the coverage of North Korea missile program, the latest Rohingya crisis and more, our team had the opportunity to explore some possible answers to that question. Through the use of satellite imagery, though merging data with visuals, through illustrations and animations, we have attempted to find different ways to make our subject matters more understandable and accessible. I'll share the work process of some pieces and how we tried to make connection with readers through visual language. ABOUT DAWN: I'm an accidental journalist currently part of the graphics team at Reuters. I design and develop visual storytelling pieces covering news in the Asia Pacific region. I make charts, maps, animations, information graphics and more. Before joining Reuters, I spent a year at The Washington Post working as both a graphics editor and designer. *Cross-posted with the HHSG meetup group

  • Viz for Social Good

    The Metro @ thebridge, Level 1, Ascent

    Synopsis: Always wanted to use your data/ visualization skills to make a positive social impact? Don't miss this opportunity to find out more about the #VizforSocialGood initiative! #VizforSocialGood volunteers (from all over the world!) get to work on real-world data and empower non-profits (from different parts of the world too!) through their data stories. This is also a platform for data viz enthusiasts to learn from one another. Bio: Hui Xiang's passion lies in helping organisations harness the value of data to eliminate inefficiencies and improve people's lives. She volunteers her time to help design visualizations for nonprofits to raise awareness and/ or support calls for action as part of the #VizforSocialGood initiative. She has been swimming in data since her undergraduate days as a Statistics major and recently completed her Master of Science in Business Analytics program at NUS in 2016.

  • Introduction to visual analytics using Tableau

    The Metro @ thebridge, Level 1, Ascent

    What does data visualisation mean to you? When you hear the term visual analytics, what does that mean to you? Visualising information has become a hot topic for sure. We have meet up groups like these, companies are using it, and schools are teaching it. Visualising for the sake of showing data in a pretty way is how it was traditionally used. During this meetup, let’s have a discussion around using visuals not as the final presentation product, but instead as a tool to understand where to dig deeper by focusing on the curiosity at hand. To make this fun and engaging, we will be doing some live examples to do an exploration of our own! Speaker Bio: After 2 years of working as a Tableau Consultant in Singapore, KJ Kim is now driving Tableau’s Marketing Outreach Programs in Asia Pacific. This means to work with universities and the communities in Asia to approach analytics with the intent to enable everyone, instead of viewing it as something for only the data experts. • What to bring Yourself and preferably with a laptop (with Tableau installed is best). Else just come and listen.

  • Visualizing Singapore, one dataset at a time

    Pixel Studios (Level 2) Seminar Room

    Synopsis of talk: About 75% of our Singapore government budget goes to 5 ministries. Do you know what these are? In a world deluged by data, it can sometimes be hard to make sense of all of it. When it comes to publicly available data, if we could understand it better, it will be useful in helping citizens make more informed choices, and the way we create narratives around the data matters. This is why Visualizing Singapore (viz.sg), a community portal site on data visualizations in Singapore was setup. The aim is to visualize Singapore one dataset at a time, and the hope is to curate different narratives from the ground up. In this talk, Chi-Loong will go through some local data visualizations on topics like elections and economy. You might walk away with insights you never noticed! For a start to the new year of 2018, we're also looking for individuals who are interested in data visualization, and might be interested to: - speak at our events and share their knowledge! - ping us about data visualization projects that you might want put up! - help run and shape viz.sg - brainstorm potential ideas Bio: Chi-Loong suffers from an incurable disease called curse of the curious hybrid. He has a background in Computer Science, but somehow wandered into journalism, marketing and public relations. Past lives include mainstream and trade media, in-house and agency PR, energy and social media start-ups like Straits Times, British Telecoms and GolinHarris. The corporate world is not really suited for hybrids so he decided to forge out and found V/R (www.vslashr.com), a niche agency that blends art + science to tell stories through technology. He is also an organizer for the Data Vis SG and HHSG meetup events.