Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Data Visualization

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Saturday 10th March 2012

  • 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

Sunday 11th March 2012

  • Data Is Sexier Than Sex... And I'll Prove It

    by Giedre Aleknonyte

    Big. Complicated. Often dirty. Sexy? Interactive data visualizations (charts and graphs) have helped make data consumable, accessible, and yes, sexy. It’s that sex appeal that has us clamoring to see our twitter, AdWords, conversion, and other data in a sleek, interactive, “I want the answers now” views. Data has snuck its way into our lives – from our offices, to our bedrooms. It’s everywhere. And as it continues to penetrate all areas of our lives it also continues to be delivered in a variety of different formats – some better than others. From the corny quick-stat charts in USA today to smart interactive graphs embedded in blogs, posted in online publications, and now frequently dominating the screens of our work computers. We’re starting to become obsessed, and more importantly, held accountable for much of the data consuming our lives. So, we admit it. Data is sexy. Especially when it’s easy to understand, interactive, and is in a format that easily facilitates smart business decision making. Luckily it doesn’t have to be as scary, or intimidating, or (potentially) as uncomfortable as that first time…

    At 11:00am to 11:15am, Sunday 11th March

    In Texas Ballroom 4-7, Hyatt Regency Austin

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  • SXSW Action: Collectively Outsmarting Malaria

    by Matthew Blumberg and Nicolas Maire

    Each year there are more than 225 million cases of Malaria, killing around 781,000 people. That's 2.23% of deaths worldwide every year- the majority of them young children. Please stop by this session, because together we’re going to do something about it:The session will lay out a program through which members of the SXSW community (this means you!) can lend their special talents –- in data visualization, UI design, game design, social media, web development, and more –- to build a collaborative system to outsmart Malaria.Join us to find out how it works- and how you can participate…

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Room 6AB, Austin Convention Center

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Monday 12th March 2012

  • Maps of Time: Data As Narrative

    by Drew Harry, DataMinerUK, Nicola Hughes, Alex Graul, Jenn Thom and Burt Herman

    What's the relationship between visualized data and the story we want to tell? Living in the eternal now, surrounded by our tweets, facebook posts and other copious amounts of social and highly personalized information, we forget the importance of history and historical reasoning and influence in our work. Which events were the most important in my last year or decade of tweets? How would I know? What would a map of time look like, fashioned out of the data? How would one map one's own life? In this panel, a mix of academics, news media professionals and narrative tool developers talk about how to turn data into maps of time. Together we will go on a journey to understand and visualize time, history and context, to reason about what it means to gather and express collective history.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Monday 12th March

    In Ballroom A, Austin Convention Center

  • Data Vis Is Dead, Long Live Data Vis!

    by Robert Kosara, Irene Ros, Rosten Woo, Jer Thorp and Dylan Lathrop

    Data visualization is everywhere! It’s in your health records and in the advertising section of your morning news paper (if you still read such things.) It makes us laugh, it makes us wonder and it can make us outright angry. It’s used for art and it’s used to sell you cereal, all the while helping scientists cure cancer. What will come of data visualization as a medium? Are our concerns unnecessary or should we take swift action to save this form of communication? Join our controversial conversation where we’ll discuss the many uses of data visualization and what the future might (or should) hold in store.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Ballroom A, Austin Convention Center

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