Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Data Visualization on Saturday 10th March

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  • Datatainment: Soccer Sexes-Up Spreadsheets

    by Richard Ayers

    We've had data visualisation. We've had data journalism. But there's a missing layer that sport has ignored. Only the most passionate of fanatical sporting statisticians can get joy from the data that accompanies the world's most popular sport. There must be a better way of telling the stories behind the stats. Soccer has as much data as any other sport and with an estimated 3.5 billion fans, it has more audience than anyone else. But entertaining that audience, rather than simply informing them, is where the challenge lies. Richard Ayers, the digital innovator at Manchester City FC, one of the world's top soccer clubs, will reveal where the club is going and explore the best examples in the game. He'll look at the pace of change in Soccer's stats as the top club's strive to engage a wider demographic and will assess parallels in F1 Grand Prix, the differences with North American sports and the impact of second-screen experiences.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Saturday 10th March

    In Maximilian, Driskill Hotel

  • Data Visualization for Social Change

    by Lauren Carmin and Desmond Spruijt

    The power of data visualization as a tool for social change can no longer be ignored. Successfully illustrating vital data can help advocates maximize the impact of sound science in public debate and policy, whether using maps and graphs or motion and info graphics. But many nonprofits still struggle with effective information design and delivery. This session aims to bring together visualization experts with advocates working for social good to discuss effective ways to visually present data in clear and meaningful ways. We welcome graphics and visualization pros to share viewpoints and lend a little knowledge towards establishing best practices for illustrating critical social issues. Advocates are encouraged to bring success stories or vexing challenges to the discussion. Participants will come away inspired and more knowledgeable, and will make connections with others facing similar challenges that can potentially lead to innovative solutions.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Room 8A, Austin Convention Center

  • Inspired Games - Games to Enrich: “Turning Swords into Plowshares”

    by Matt Toner, Khal Shariff and Zeros 2 Heroes

    A meetup on crafting game technologies for personal and professional enrichment. Led by Khal Shariff, CEO of Project Whitecard, Inc. and the developer behind Astronaut: Moon, Mars and Beyond, the NASA MMO, Project Moonwalk & Robomath and Matt Toner, President, Zeros2Heroes, the people's publisher for mixed media, augmented realty, data visualization & tracking.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Salon A, AT&T Conference Center

  • Data Visualization and the Future of Research

    by Joshua Greenberg, Lee Dirks, Marguerite Avery and Johan Bollen

    Data are the building blocks of information, fueling our algorithmic digital world. But with so much data being produced, how can we process it? Visualization techniques allow users to understand vast amounts of data that we can’t parse. Get up to speed on techniques of data visualization from scientific researchers and scholars working in informatics, computer science, and physics – and see how these tools can help you understand Twitter. And data analysis and visualization isn’t just for science. The digital humanities movement shows us that innovative data practices aren’t just for science anymore. See innovative digital humanities research in data mining and visualization that will have you thinking differently about literature and history. This panel focuses on developments in data visualization strategies but will also covers the basics of data, some major issues with data analysis and data visualization, and prominent theories of visualization.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Capitol E-H, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol