on academia
and
data visualization
A discourse…
Ben Jones
Sr. Mgr, Tableau Public
@DataRemixed
May 28, 2014
A Canadian from Los Angeles who started a
dataviz website
…and moved to Washington to join Tableau
About Ben
Free software to quickly create and
share interactive data graphics on the web
http://www.nhl.com/ice/careerstats.htm
Gathering
Structuring
Analyzing
Communicating
Tables, Spreadsheets, Lists Charts, Graphs, Maps
INFORMATION INSIGHT
http://dataremixed.com website stats, Aug 2011 – May 2014
Source | Google Analytics
why data visualization?
because visualization amplifies cognition…
first for you, then for your audience
question gathering
data
structuring
data
exploring
data
communicating
data
The Data Discovery Horse Track
Anscomb’s Quartet
data visualization isn’t new
it’s been going on for centuries now
Joseph Priestley, 1769
William Playfair, 1786
John Snow, 1854
Florence Nightingale, 1858
visualization is for academics
some of the most influential findings have been communicated visually
“What motivates me now
are the ideas I developed
10, 20 or 30 years ago,
and the feeling that
these ideas may be lost
if I...
UW: West, Bergstrom, Jacquet, Brooks, Aragon
http://www.eigenfactor.org/gender/#
Visualization can be both
c l e a r
AND
beautiful
Data should be visually appealing
Data should be easy to understand
but visualization isn’t a panacea
just because you visualize something, doesn’t mean it’s intelligible
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kühlschifffahrt
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pie_chart_of_US_population_by_state.png
http://flowingdata.com/2014/04/04/fox-news-bar-chart-gets-it-wrong/
http://phylonetworks.blogspot.com/2012/03/biological-versus-phylogenetic-networks.html
Protein interaction network
and hey, visualization can be fun
just because you visualize something, doesn’t mean it’s intelligible
What does
this remind
you of?
Via Christopher Ingraham
Twitter: @_cingraham
Oh, and you can only
use exploded pies
when telling jokes…
but it can also be heavy-hitting
some facts about our world are very grave
visualization is an opportunity for
academic research
getting your ideas out there, making them stick
3 Classic Problems:
The Technical Problem
The Semantic Problem
The Effectiveness Problem
C. Shannon W. Weaver
UW: West, Bergstrom, Jacquet, Brooks, Aragon
http://www.eigenfactor.org/gender/#
My message to academic researchers:
Don’t just communicate your findings with your peers using
jargon.
Use visualization t...
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I shared my thoughts on the opportunity of data visualization with a group of academic researchers and faculty members at the University of Washington, Bothell on May 28th, 2014. Here are the visuals that I used

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Data Viz for Academic Research

  1. 1. on academia and data visualization A discourse… Ben Jones Sr. Mgr, Tableau Public @DataRemixed May 28, 2014
  2. 2. A Canadian from Los Angeles who started a dataviz website …and moved to Washington to join Tableau About Ben
  3. 3. Free software to quickly create and share interactive data graphics on the web
  4. 4. http://www.nhl.com/ice/careerstats.htm
  5. 5. Gathering Structuring Analyzing Communicating Tables, Spreadsheets, Lists Charts, Graphs, Maps INFORMATION INSIGHT
  6. 6. http://dataremixed.com website stats, Aug 2011 – May 2014 Source | Google Analytics
  7. 7. why data visualization? because visualization amplifies cognition… first for you, then for your audience
  8. 8. question gathering data structuring data exploring data communicating data The Data Discovery Horse Track
  9. 9. Anscomb’s Quartet
  10. 10. data visualization isn’t new it’s been going on for centuries now
  11. 11. Joseph Priestley, 1769
  12. 12. William Playfair, 1786
  13. 13. John Snow, 1854
  14. 14. Florence Nightingale, 1858
  15. 15. visualization is for academics some of the most influential findings have been communicated visually
  16. 16. “What motivates me now are the ideas I developed 10, 20 or 30 years ago, and the feeling that these ideas may be lost if I don’t push them a little bit further.” -Benoit Mandlebrot
  17. 17. UW: West, Bergstrom, Jacquet, Brooks, Aragon http://www.eigenfactor.org/gender/#
  18. 18. Visualization can be both c l e a r AND beautiful
  19. 19. Data should be visually appealing
  20. 20. Data should be easy to understand
  21. 21. but visualization isn’t a panacea just because you visualize something, doesn’t mean it’s intelligible
  22. 22. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kühlschifffahrt
  23. 23. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pie_chart_of_US_population_by_state.png
  24. 24. http://flowingdata.com/2014/04/04/fox-news-bar-chart-gets-it-wrong/
  25. 25. http://phylonetworks.blogspot.com/2012/03/biological-versus-phylogenetic-networks.html Protein interaction network
  26. 26. and hey, visualization can be fun just because you visualize something, doesn’t mean it’s intelligible
  27. 27. What does this remind you of?
  28. 28. Via Christopher Ingraham Twitter: @_cingraham
  29. 29. Oh, and you can only use exploded pies when telling jokes…
  30. 30. but it can also be heavy-hitting some facts about our world are very grave
  31. 31. visualization is an opportunity for academic research getting your ideas out there, making them stick
  32. 32. 3 Classic Problems: The Technical Problem The Semantic Problem The Effectiveness Problem C. Shannon W. Weaver
  33. 33. UW: West, Bergstrom, Jacquet, Brooks, Aragon http://www.eigenfactor.org/gender/#
  34. 34. My message to academic researchers: Don’t just communicate your findings with your peers using jargon. Use visualization to communicate your findings with the world. There is an appetite for your ideas. If you don’t push them, who will?

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