data in sight Follow-up Forum: Does data visualization tell us what to think?
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, CA
Creative Commons, The Consulate General of the Netherlands, and swissnex San Francisco invite you to an evening of exploring, celebrating, and questioning the rapidly growing role of data visualization in the 21st century.
Join us for our wrap-up event for data in sight: making the transparent visual, a hands-on data visualization competition. Come see the winning data visualization designs from the weekend and hear from a panel of experts as they discuss trends, risks, and the significance of data visualization. Specifically, we will explore the question of whether data visualization tells us what to think - if this is good, bad, and what the other implications of this might be.
Peter Aldhous (moderator). Peter is the San Francisco bureau chief with New Scientist magazine and reports on biology, medicine, social sciences and the environment — from genetics and stem cells, through ecology and conservation, to psychology and psychiatry. He teaches in the Science Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He spent five years as chief news & features editor with Nature. Peter is especially interested in investigative and computer-assisted reporting and is fascinated by data visualization.
Sean Gourley, co-founder and CTO, Quid. Sean did research into the mathematics of war for his PhD thesis at Balliol College, Oxford. His findings appeared as the featured article in "Nature" (December 2009) and were the subject of a popular TED talk (2009). His work on statistical analysis, probability, and algorithm development applied to complex systems and large datasets inspired the creation of Quid. Sean is a Rhodes Scholar PhD in Physics (Complexity) from the University of Oxford; his is undergraduate degree in Physics is from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Tyler Bell is the Director of Product for Factual, a LA-based startup that is, amongst other things, creating a global coverage of the world's POI and businesses. He previously taught archaeology at the University of Oxford and, more recently and topically, was the Product Lead for Yahoo's Geo Technologies Group. He writes about semantic- and geo-technologies for O'Reilly Radar at http://radar.oreilly.com/tylerb/
Sep Kamvar, Consulting assistant professor of Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. His research focuses on social computing and information management, and he is particularly interested in personal and social models for search. From 2003 to 2007, Sep was the head of personalization at Google. Sep is the author of two books and over 40 technical publications and patents in the fields of search and social computing. His artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Musem in London, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens.
Joris Maltha, Founder, Catalogtree, a multidisciplinary design studio. The studio works continuously on commissioned and self initiated design projects. The studio's guiding design tactic is FORM = BEHAVIOUR. Typography, generative graphic design and the visualisation of quantitative data are daily routines. Other recent endeavours include: D.I.Y. structured-light 3D-scanning, Bristle bot development and the visualisation of financial tick-data.
Doors open at 6:30, program begins at 7pm. Refreshments will be provided.
6:30pm Doors open and registration
7:00pm Presentation of winning data visualizations, Thomas Castro (LUST)
7:20pm Panel discussion
8:20pm Refreshments and networking
9.30pm Doors close
This event is free of charge and open to anyone who is a fan of, intrigued by, or even a little curious about data visualization.
Special thanks to PeopleBrowsr for being our wonderful host for the evening.