WorthingDigital: Anatomy of a Data Visualisation

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25 July 2012 from 8pm to 10pm

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Data visualisations are graphics used to represent information. They allow an exploration and understanding of data that would be impossible to achieve with just a table full of numbers.

The sunshine or raincloud icons in a weather report are a basic kind of visualisation. A line graph showing the number of visitors to a website, or a ‘heatmap’ of activity on a country map are other kinds. But how might we visualise something as open as ‘social impact’? And how can we create visualisations that draw the user within, using the interactivity and graphics capabilities of the modern web browser?

The growing field of data visualisation brings together a wide range of disciplines: art, psychology, mathematics, user experience and software engineering. It’s potent and invigorating stuff!

In this session, Premasagar Rose will dissect and present the many layers of a data visualisation, using a real-world case-study from his company, Dharmafly. We’ll take a journey through the data collection, concept development, interaction design and front-end engineering required to produce a final product. We’ll touch on essential JavaScript performance techniques and learn a few basics for drawing graphics in the browser.

Prem is the principal of Dharmafly, a Brighton-based company who specialise in web applications for social impact. He founded Async, a JavaScript group that meets twice a month in Brighton. Most recently, he has established a venue for experimental technology events and collaborative workspace "the Lab for the Recently Possible" in Hove. The Lab will be running a series of free Data Visualisation ‘Lab Days’ in July and August – see L4RP.com for details.

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Fresh Egg Ltd

England England / Worthing

1-13 Buckingham Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1TH

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