Sessions at Strata 2012 about Data Visualization on Tuesday 28th February

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  • Designing Data Vizualisations Workshop

    by Noah Iliinsky

    We will discuss how to figure out what story to tell, select the right data, and pick appropriate layout and encodings. The goal is to learn how to create a visualization that conveys appropriate knowledge to a specific audience (which may include the designer).

    We’ll briefly discuss tools, including pencil and paper. No prior technology or graphic design experience is necessary. An awareness of some basic user-centered design concepts will be helpful.

    Understanding of your specific data or data types will help immensely. Please do bring data sets to play with.

    At 9:00am to 12:30pm, Tuesday 28th February

    In GA J, Santa Clara Convention Center

  • Hands-on Visualization with Tableau

    by Jock Mackinlay, Tableau Software and Ross Perez

    Important: please read the equipment requirements at the bottom of this page before attending the tutorial

    Data has always been a second class citizen on the web. As images, then audio, then video made their way onto the internet, data was always left out of the party, forced into dusty Excel files and ugly HTML tables. Tableau Public is one of the tools aiming to change that by allowing anyone to create interactive charts, maps and graphs and publishing to the web—no programming required.

    In this tutorial you will learn why data is vital to the future of the web, how Tableau Public works, and gain hands-on experience with taking data from numbers to the web.

    Through three different use cases, you will learn the capabilities of the Tableau Public product. The tutorial will conclude with an extended hands-on session covering the visualization process from data to publishing. Topics covered will include:

    • constructing a data set for best performance
    • formatting visualizations to match your preferred branding
    • designing charts for clear communication and impact


    This is a hands-on tutorial. You will need to bring either a Windows laptop or a laptop with a Windows virtual machine installed. Before arriving, you should download and install Tableau Public from this URL: http://www.tableausoftware.com/p...

    At 1:30pm to 5:00pm, Tuesday 28th February

    In Ballroom H, Santa Clara Convention Center