Visualization and Big Data: The Break-up

Dec 9, 2014 · Boston, United States of America

Hello all!

It's time for us to meet one last time before the end of the year, and I couldn't have asked for a better talk! Additionally, I am really excited to host you all in the new Bocoup office loft space in the beautiful Fanuiel Hall area.

Abstract: "For those of us with expertise in visualization, life has been pretty good. Big data has become the unanimous prom queen of technology, which has secured visualization a front-row seat in the royal court. But I’m worried. I’m worried that big data has unintentionally created the impression that secrets of the future can be revealed after a quick perusal of whatever data happens to be lying around. I’m worried that this gap between reality and expectation is too wide to weather the limited patience and fleeting attention spans of corporate executives. But most of all, I’m worried that if big data goes bust, visualization will suffer by proxy. This would be a shame, because the one thing that I’m not worried about is the fact that visualization can put new information into human brains extremely efficiently. In this talk, I’ll be discussing how visualization could best survive a big data break-up, and what it would look like on the other side."

Bio: Megan Monroe is a research scientist, specializing in visual analytics, at IBM’s Cambridge Lab. Before joining IBM, Monroe received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, where she worked under visualization pioneer, Ben Shneiderman. Monroe has done visualization work in fields ranging from finance and healthcare to music and sports.

In other exciting news, we will also have some pizza and beer courtesy of OpenVis Conf! OpenVis Conf is a two-day, single track conference about the practice of visualizing data on the web. Speakers will discuss best practices for data processing, storytelling, visual design, code structure and implementation using the latest and greatest technology and tools on the Open Web. The third OpenVis Conf will take place on April 6th & 7th of 2015, right here, in Boston! Get your tickets now:

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  • Boston Data Visualization

    We are starting back up again! Boston has an amazing group of people who not only create beautiful data visualization work, but also push the entire field forward with their contribution to the open source and academic communities. This meetup will aim to bring those people and anyone interested in data visualization together, fostering a community, creating a space for learning, and exploring ways to build new partnerships and expand the disciplinary territory of data design and visualization. The meetup

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