We got Robert Kosara on Data Stories for this episode. Robert is the editor of eagereyes.org, one of the most respected and well-known data visualization blogs in the Internet. He is known for his controversial and informative posts and his “academic” style (some people say ).
But Roberts, as he says in the show, wears many hats. He was a Professor of Computer Science at UNC Charlotte until recently when he surprisingly moved to Tableau after being tenured.
In the show we talk about his choice and many other things: vis research, blogging, Tableau, etc. See the episode breakdown below.
And, as usual, have fun!
Enrico & Moritz
00:00:00 Enrico and Moritz catching up
00:04:22 Today’s guest: Robert Kosara
00:05:23 eagereyes.org and blogging in general
00:08:14 Enrico’s blog
00:09:46 Robert’s research themes
00:11:35 Blur as a retinal variable?
00:13:13 Interdisciplinarity in infovis research
00:14:31 How Robert got started
00:19:04 Early years of eagereyes.org and abandoned plans for the site
00:21:59 “lines in the sand”
00:27:04 What will the future bring for eagereyes?
00:30:58 State of visualization blogging
00:33:16 Blogging and academic careers
00:36:17 Openness and sharing ideas
00:43:04 The real story! Robert’s move to Tableau
00:51:22 Researching: storytelling with data
00:55:40 Visualization in wider communication contexts and workflows
00:59:13 Tableau for Mac?
01:01:36 A few ideas for improvement
01:08:16 Future for word clouds as a final slide for powerpoint presentations?
01:10:14 Robert’s influences?
01:13:38 How much work was it to release Parallel Sets, and was it worth it?
01:16:13 Wrapping it up