014  |  Data Stories Hangout

Hi there,

We just finished recording the hangout. 10 people joined it and some more followed the stream off-line. If you wanted to participate and you could not — we are sorry but there is a limit of maximum 10 people imposed by Google.

We really enjoyed the hangout and it was a fantastic experiment full of interesting questions and comments.

Among others, we had Kim Rees from Periscopic, Benjamin Wiederkehr from Interactive Things, Santiago Ortiz, Stephen Boyd, Miska Knapek, Wes Grubbs from Pitch Interactive, Karen Doore from UT Dallas, Yuri Engelhardt and Jim Vallandingham on the show… Quite a mixture!

Unfortunately, as with any experiment, something can go wrong and it went wrong: we totally screwed up the video part by having Benjamin Wiederkehr in focus all the time instead of switching between the participants. For this reason we turned down the video part and kept the audio. The gist is still there!

We’ll hopefully get it right the next time 🙂

Enrico & Mo.


  1. I help run a little educational nonprofit in Alaska. I have a doctorate in geology, and also have been working to develop some basic data visualization skills.

    There was some interesting discussion about supporting NGOs with the great expertise that’s out there and in high demand in the for-profit field (actually I do some for-profit data visualization myself… part of what allows me to be a full-time volunteer for our nonprofit.)

    I feel like the big challenge for us to have an impact with our visualization work has been twofold:

    I’m the only one in our organization really engaged with the visualization field, so I work on these projects in a vacuum. I don’t have access to feedback and ideas.

    I usually find I must call things “done” well before they reach the potential I see in them, in order to keep up with my many other roles in our organization and publish things in a timely manner. Sometimes I think I’m doing 3/4 of the work of a great graphic and as a result getting 1/4 of the impact.

    Perhaps the most ambitious project I’ve done was an analysis of electricity prices across the states using public data. To me it still feels like a draft, though it’s been “done” for some months:

    (click “full figure” for a data-exploration version of the scatterplot graphics.)

    I’d love to hear thoughts… and to chat with any visualizers out there.

    You can also catch me via our contact email:
    contact [] groundtruthtrekking.org

    • Thanks, that’s very interesting to hear. I think we will need to make a dedciated episodes on the challenges of working in that context. Thanks for the pointers!

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