The 5th Portland Data Visualization Group | Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from 6:30–8:30pm at Webtrends

It’s time for another Portland Data Visualization Meetup! We’ll have three to four main presentations and networking time.

Webtrends will again graciously host us on their top floor. The venue is on the 16th floor of the building right next to Men’s Wearhouse. Here’s a Google Maps streetview of the entrance of 851 SW 6th Ave # 1600, Portland, OR: For best results, please arrive before 6:30 Pm.

There should be a guard to let you in the door, but if you don’t see anyone to let you in, call 765-314-1599 and someone will come downstairs to get you.

We usually have some conversation and networking, so feel free to bring business cards and/or let people know if you’re hiring. We won’t have a food or drink sponsor for this meeting, so feel free to bring your own snacks and things to eat! (if you’d like to sponsor, see the section at the end of this post).

Special Guest

We’ll have a special guest and science journalist from Germany visiting. Please make her feel welcome as she’s come a long way visit! She’s very excited to meet all of you and see what’s going on with data visualization here.

Speakers for Data Viz #5:

1. Nate Geier will demo a E-learning system he worked on.

2. Kevin Ward of NASA’s Earth Observatory will present a general overview of what he is working on there.

3. Kevin Lynagh will give a 10 minute talk on web-based visualizations and data-driven JavaScript applications.

4. Chris Johnson will demo a census mapping project he is currently working on for Gannett newspapers.

5. Aaron Parecki will present data from an independent location tracking project.

Who Should Go?

The event is open to everyone interested in or working in the field of data visualization. This means designers, programmers, information architects, data miners, anthropologists, ect. We’re expecting a similar amount of people to last time (probably around 20-30 people).

Location and Time

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from 6:30–8:30pm


851 SW 6th Ave.
Portland OR 97204

RSVP on Yahoo! Upcoming, or view the event on Calagator

Interested in Sponsoring?

We’re looking for food and drink sponsors for the next meeting, and if you know someone who might be a good sponsor feel free to contact me at!

Global Open Data Visualization Contest, the global open data visualization platform created by Seed Media Group and GE, opened its World Water Day data visualization challenge this week in collaboration with Circle of Blue, the leading news organization reporting on global water challenges. The challenge calls on designers, data experts, and visualizers to tap into the world’s stream of water data to create visualizations specifically on the topic of urban water. The international contest offers a $5,000 cash prize to the winner and offers a chance for contestants to help solve urban water issues through data and design.

Site link:

Google Group:

Ed Borasky started a Google group called pdx-visualization. As the name implies, it is a group for Portland-area people interested in languages and techniques for visualization of data.

Innovation in Data Visualization Group on Flickr:

I’ve been collecting interesting data viz photos for a while now and posting them to Flickr. They’re all accessible on my Flickr account in this set. Most pictures contain descriptions and links to the viz sources. If you have any Flickr photos of data viz work you’ve done, or work your find innovative, be sure to add them to the group!

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