The New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology, together with the Simmons College Student Chapter, invite you to join us at our 2015 Winter Event:
Data Visualization: How to Do It and Do It Well
In our information-rich society, data is everywhere. Big and little, data shapes our lives from the policies we enact to the products we use to the professions in which we engage. But how can we make sense of all that data and, more importantly, how can we use it to share information effectively? Discover how well-crafted data visualizations can make a powerful impact in your professional work and learn the skills necessary to share your insights through compelling visualizations.
A morning panel of speakers will share their insights, experiences, and best practices for working with data visualizations. Afternoon workshops will give you hands-on practice with a data visualization software or program. These workshops are intended to help you get up and running with data visualization. Please bring your own device (BYOD) to the workshop.
|When||Thursday, January 15, 2015, from 8:15am to 2:30pm|
|Where||Simmons College Main College Building, Room C103, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA
|8:15-9:00am||Registration & Breakfast|
|9:00-9:15am||Welcome & Introduction|
|9:15-10:00am||Mike Barry, Software Engineer — Twitter
Brian Card, Software Engineer — Viasat
“How to Build a Large Scale Data Visualization”
Large publishers like the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Bloomberg are creating impressive visualizations with teams of designers and developers. Recreating a similar project might seem out of reach for the non-professional; however many of the tools used to build visualizations are open source and freely available. With a good understanding of visual design anyone can apply the same techniques and come up with a great data visualization. We created a visualization that’s on the same size and scale of professional publications and will show you how we did it and how you can use the same techniques to create your own.
|10:00-10:45am||Andrew Ashton, Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies — Brown University Library
Patrick Rashleigh, Data Visualization Coordinator — Brown University Library
“Visualizing Scholarship in Library Spaces”
Brown University Library opened the Digital Scholarship Lab in Fall 2012. The Lab features an ultra-high resolution display wall, touch-enabled devices, and the capability to combine content from many devices simultaneously. While the initial conception for the Lab focused heavily on data visualization techniques that leverage the wall’s size and resolution, other uses of the facilities have proven surprising and enlightening, and have helped to broaden our conception of how data, digital content, digital scholarship, pedagogy, and physical spaces intersect. This talk will provide an overview and critical reflection on our experiences thus far.
|11:00-11:45am||Lynn Cherny, Information Visualization Consultant
“Best Practices for Designing Data Visualization”
This talk will be a tour through some guidelines for designing data visualizations, both static and interactive. We’ll look at some principles for visual encodings, strategies for handling different types of data, and smart methods to design for interactivity from the ground up.
|11:45am-12:00pm||Question and Answer period|
|12:00pm-1:00pm||Lunch and Networking
|1:00pm-2:30pm||Concurrent Workshops: (after selecting your ticket, add an additional item)
Carolin Ferwerda, Instructional Technologist for GIS & Statistics — Wellesley College
Amy Deschenes, Systems & Web Applications Librarian — Simmons College Library
Rob Erdmann, Ph.D. Candidate in Biology — MIT
Simmons College is easily accessed from the MFA stop on the MBTA E Line of the Green Line. Additionally, several MTBA bus routes stop near Simmons, including numbers 8, 19, 39, 47, 60, 65, CT2, and CT3.
Contact the event organizer if you need special accommodations.
We hope to see you there!