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73 | Kim Albrecht on Untangling Tennis and the Cosmic Web

Kim is a visualization researcher and information designer. He currently works at the Center for Complex Network Research, the lab led by famous network physicist László Barabási.

Kim works in a team of scientists to create effective and beautiful visualizations that explain complex scientific phenomena.

In the show we focus on Untangling Tennis, a data visualization project aimed at explaining the relationship between popularity and athletic performance. We also talk about his more recent project, the Cosmic Web, which visualizes 24,000 galaxies and their network of gravitational relationships.

Enjoy the show!


This episode of Data Stories is sponsored by Qlik, which allows you to explore the hidden relationships within your data that lead to meaningful insights. Make sure to check out the blog post listing Visualization Advocate Patrik Lundblad’s favorite data visualization pioneers. You can try out Qlik Sense for free at qlik.de/datastories.

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72 | Jeff Heer on Merging Industry and Research with the Interactive Data Lab

Jeff Heer is Associate Professor at the University of Washington where he leads the Interactive Data Lab (IDL). Jeff has worked on many visualization libraries and software programs, including Prefuse, Flare, Protovis and the widely adopted D3 (with his former PhD student Mike Bostock). Jeff is also the co-founder of Trifacta, a data analytics company focused on data wrangling.

On the show we talk about many interesting research tools and products developed in Jeff’s lab, including Vega, Voyager and Lyra. We also talk about Trifacta and the challenges and promises of visualization research.

Enjoy the show!


Data Stories is brought to you by Qlik, which allows you to explore the hidden relationships within your data that lead to meaningful insights. Let your instincts lead the way to create personalized visualizations and dynamic dashboards with Qlik Sense, which you can download for free at www.qlik.de/datastories. Make sure to check out their post on truth & beauty (!) at the Qlik blog.


 

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71 | Tapestry Conference Review with Robert Kosara

Hey guys, this is a special edition from Tapestry, the conference on Data Storytelling that brings together visualization experts, journalists, designers, NGOs, academics, and more.

Enrico sits down with Robert Kosara to recap the conference, especially the keynotes and some of the short story talks. Plus, Robert fills us in on how to participate in Tapestry conferences in the future.

Enjoy the show!

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The transcript for this episode is available here.


Data Stories is brought to you by Qlik, which allows you to explore the hidden relationships within your data that lead to meaningful insights. Download Qlik Sense for free at http://www.qlik.de/datastories. For all Quantified Selfers, a senior member of Qlik’s Demo Team, Michael Anthony, has published his 2015 “My Life In Data” Report, where he tracks life events including miles run, coffees consumed, commuting mileage, food eaten and more!


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70 | Rocket Science with Rachel Binx

Hey, we talk about space and spacecrafts in this episode!

We have Rachel Binx on the show to discuss her experience developing data visualization software for NASA JPL.

NASA operators need to look at telemetry data coming from spacecrafts to make sense of what is happening in our skies. Super fascinating topic.

On the show we talk about the project, the process for NASA data collection and analysis, and how to write code that goes into space!

You can find the transcript for this episode here. Enjoy the show.


This episode of Data Stories is sponsored by Quadrigram, a web based application designed to bring data stories to life. With Quadrigram you can create and share interactive data stories without the need of any coding skills.


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68 | Poemage: Data Visualization for Poets with Miriah Meyer and Nina McCurdy

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We have Miriah Meyer (Assistant Professor at Univ. of Utah) and Nina McCurdy (PhD student at Univ. of Utah) on Data Stories for a project episode about the lovely Poemage, “a visualization system for exploring the sonic topology of a poem.”

Miriah and Nina worked hand-in-hand with a group of poets to design a tool that visualizes a poem and, as such, provides inspiration for interesting poetic structures and solutions.

On the show we talk about how they derived phonological information from text, how the project evolved, and how data visualization tools can be designed to support creativity.

Listen here or read the transcript. Either way, enjoy the show!

 

This episode of Data Stories is sponsored by Quadrigram, a web based application designed to bring data stories to life. With Quadrigram you can create and share interactive data stories without needing any coding skills.

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67 | ggplot2, R, and data toolmaking with Hadley Wickham

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We have Hadley Wickham on the show, Chief Scientist at RStudio and Adjunct Professor of Statistics at Rice University and the University of Auckland.

Hadley created a number of hugely popular libraries for the R language, including ggplot2, which is used throughout the world to analyze and present data.

On the show we talk about his creative process to develop ggplot2, its growing popularity, other libraries he has built in the R ecosystem, and strategies for creating popular software for data analysis and visualization.

Enjoy listening to Hadley Wickham, or read the transcript from our interview here!


Data Stories is brought to you by Qlik, which allows you to explore the hidden relationships within your data that lead to meaningful insights. Take part in the Open Data Challenge for a chance to win $10,000 for an app created with Qlik Sense!

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66 | “I Quant NY” Finding Surprising Stories in NYC Open Data with Ben Wellington

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Happy New Year everyone, we are back!

In this episode we talk with Ben Wellington about his blog I Quant NY, where he writes about surprising facts he finds analyzing NYC open data.

Some of his stories include how he discovered that “… Software in Half of NYC Cabs Generates $5.2 Million a Year in Extra Tips,” ideas on “How to Fix NYC’s No-Cabs-At-4PM Problem” and “How NYC Open Data and Reddit Saved New Yorkers Over $55,000 a Year” by detecting fire hydrants that generate too many parking tickets.

On the show Ben talks about how he generates new ideas, how he finds and analyzes the data, and how he turns this into amazing stories for his blog. We also talk about the impact his work had on New York City and the interesting reactions some of his blog posts have generated.

Enjoy Ben and his amazing NYC data stories, and read a transcript of our interview here!


This episode of Data Stories is sponsored by Quadrigram, a web based application designed to bring data stories to life. With Quadrigram you can create and share interactive data stories without the need of any coding skills.


 

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Moritz’s project on place names – http://truth-and-beauty.net/experiments/ach-ingen-zell/

Our Guest Ben Wellington – https://about.me/benwellington

I Quant NY – http://iquantny.tumblr.com

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65 | What Happened in Vis in 2015? Year Review with Andy Kirk and Robert Kosara

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Hey yo!

Another turn of the year is approaching and we take some time to reflect with our classic guests Andy Kirk and Robert Kosara on what has happened in 2015: “What where the major trends? Big debates? Best visualizations? New tools? Etc.” We’ve even put our predictions in writing — you can read them in our transcript of this episode here.

This was a great year for Data Stories, with a total of 22 episodes (our record so far!). We want to thank our fantastic collaborators Destry and Florian for their great support with running the show, our guests for spending time talking with us, and of course all of you for listening to Data Stories!

Happy 2016! Enjoy the holidays and we’ll see you on January with a ton of new stuff from our side. Stay tuned! Read more

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64 | “Dear Data” with Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec

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Hey folks,

it’s time for another project centric episode, and we finally talk about one of our favorite projects of the year — “Dear Data”  by the most fabulous tag team of data illustrators around: Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec.

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Their year-long project is about how “two women who switched continents get to know each other through the data they draw and send across the pond” and consists of 104 hand–drawn postcards all of which document one week of their lives. How much they cursed, laughed, read, smiled at strangers, … — all of this is documented in inventive, charming and very analogue ways.

Learn all about the project — how they started it, what they learned, and how it will live on — in the episode.

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And read the episode transcript here!


Datastories is brought to you by Qlik, who allow you to explore the hidden relationships within your data that lead to meaningful insights. Check out this fun experiment on the qlik blog: “What Chart are You?”. And, make sure to try out Qlik Sense, which you can download for free at www.qlik.de/datastories.

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63 | IEEE VIS’15 Recap with Robert Kosara and Johanna Fulda

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In our latest episode, Enrico recaps the IEEE VIS’15 conference with Robert Kosara and Johanna Fulda, and we compare notes about conference projects and papers. Find the transcript here, and check out our long list of selected projects below with plenty of links and video previews!

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