DataViz & Future of Research - LDirks SXSWiMar12


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  • Data Visualization and the Future of Research: 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.
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  • DataViz & Future of Research - LDirks SXSWiMar12

    1. New Data VisualizationProjects from | Director—Portfolio Strategy Microsoft Research
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    3. |Outreach. Collaboration. Innovation.••••
    4. Microsoft Research Connections Advance the State of the Art Work with theworldwide academic research community Inspire Researchers & to speed research, Scientists improve education,and foster innovation. Accelerate Discovery and Exploration
    5. Engagement and Collaboration FocusCore Computer Natural User Earth, Education & Health & Science Interface Energy & Scholarly Wellbeing Environment Communication
    6. Research Accelerators Publishing Scientific Research Computing Management Learning and Exploration
    7. Data-Intensive Research Acquisition & modelling Collaboration Archiving and and preserving Data visualisation Dissemination Analysis & & sharing data mining
    8. Launched February 2008
    9. Earth Mode allows users to view a 3D model of the Earth, with a default data set with nearglobal coverage and resolution down to sub-meter in high-population centers. Unlike most Earthviewers, WorldWide Telescope supports many different map projections including Mercator,Equirectangular and TOAST. There are also map layers for seasonal, night, streets, hybrid andscience oriented MODIS imagery. The new layer manger can be used to add data visualizationon the Earth or other planets.
    11. you need to remember…• Layerscape is a website for publishing, sharing/finding and visualizing geo-specific data• Built on top of Worldwide Telescope (WWT) as the visualization engine [Windows rich client]• It is a free service—hosted on Azure, Microsoft’s cloud offering• Not just flat maps – Powerful, interactive “experience engine” – Easy to build tours – Developing communities around data
    12. big historywithbig data
    13. What you need to remember about ChronoZoom• “Zoomable” interface that allows users to navigate quickly through multiple rich media sources, sifting though astounding amounts of embedded data in a variety of different formats – Mash-up of video (YouTube, Vimeo); PDF; scanned documents; photos; maps; charts/figures; live documents, etc. – Coming soon – an open authoring platform • Limited, trusted partners now • Opening up to curated sets in V1.0 • Broad public access in ~1 year• Facilitates learning across traditional silos – Simultaneous learning, across time, across geographies, and spanning domains – Opportunity to glean new insights – In the near future, more powerful tools for permitting comparative research• Enhances discovery: make bookmarks, build tours, powerful search – Upload your content into private Chronozoom spaces – for individuals, domains, families, organization, etc.• A free web service (all HTML5), as well as an open source project managed through the Outercurve Foundation at
    14. Thank you! @ldirks Lee Dirks Director, Portfolio Strategy Microsoft Research | Connections or URL – Facebook: Scholarly Communication at Microsoft
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