It’s time for another Portland Data Visualization Meetup! The last one occurred on Thurs, April 29. We’ll have three to four main presentations and networking time. Webtrends will again graciously host us on their top floor.
Current speakers for Data Viz #4:
1. Periscopic will present two pieces of data visualization they’ve done.
The first is Vote Smart – a new visualization & voter’s assistant tool that uses data
from Project Vote Smart, and Open Secrets. Designed to help you find out
which candidates are most like you. 10 min presentation plus 15-20 minutes for questions.
State of the Polar Bear – visual designs for a project that is still in development. Half infographic movie, and half exploratory visualization. Designed to raise awareness about CO2 levels and how that affects polar bears and arctic sea ice. 5-10 min presentation and
10-15 mins for questions.
2. Aaron Parecki and Amber Case will present new data from a project they’ve been working on dealing with GPS and SMS data called Geoloqi.com. They may also present a visualization of wiki commits to cyborganthropology.com over time.
3. A number of Portland Data Viz group members recently attended a Tufte lecture, which most everyone found to be very useful! Joe, a Portland Data Viz member, enjoyed the blot maps presented by Tufte. He will give a very short presentation on them. It will include a guide on how to build your own from US Geographic boundary files, as well as a discussion on Tufte’s criticism of this data visualization method.
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
July 28th, 2010 | 6:30-9:30PM
851 SW 6th Ave.
Portland OR 97204
RSVP on Yahoo! Upcoming, or view the event on Calagator
Note to newcomers: If you haven’t been to Webtrends before, you might have a difficult time gaining access to the building. Please E-mail me for detailed instructions on how to enter the building, and a phone number you can reach to gain access once inside.
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. http://groups.google.com/group/pdx-visualization.
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!
Hope to see you all there!
Amber Case, (@caseorganic) is a Cyborg Anthropologist studying the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way we think, act, and understand the world around us. She’s obsessed with compressing the space and time it takes to get data from one place to another, especially when the final destination is the mind.