Introduction to IBM Watson

On April 13-14, we are pleased to welcome IBM Watson Group Academic Engagement Specialist Armen Pischdotchian for a a two-day demonstration/workshop on the IBM Watson cognitive technologies. Using natural language processing and machine learning to provide insights into large amounts of data, the Watson technologies are finding a home in a number of diverse fields, from medicine to retail. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the Watson technologies and show you can bring them into your own work. The event is free, although space is limited.

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Dear Data Gets Animated

Our lives are made up of a series of moments. Some big, some small, but it is the moments that can change us, the moments that can excite us. With that idea in mind, designers Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec created the year-long data visualization project, Dear Data. Visualizing the small moments from the number of distractions to the amount of swearing in a week, the two found ways to connect these moments into a larger understanding about themselves, their surrounds, and their relationships. In this animation from Big Bang Data, the designers discuss their project.

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MS Data Visualization Lecture, featuring Lev Manovich

Teacher, author, and media critic Lev Manovich comes to The New School on Wednesday, March 30 as part of the Data Visualization Masters program’s lecture series. Dr. Manovich will be discussing his Software Studies Initiative and the projects launched from it. He will also present his most recent project, an analysis of images shared on Twitter between 2011 and 2014.

More information can be found on The New School’s event page.

Data Journalism Strategies

Journalism has always relied on data, perhaps in different ways than we are currently seeing, but data has always served the strengthen the practice. As new technology emerges to make data journalism both more accessible and stronger, the question then becomes how do newsrooms bring those methods into their reporting? A new paper released by The American Press Institute outlines strategies for news organizations to incorporate  data-driven journalism techniques into their work.  —AJ Continue reading “Data Journalism Strategies”

A Method to the Madness of Project Management: Visualization Driven Rapid Prototyping

The Visualization Driven Rapid Prototyping (VDRP) method is a project management process that enhances collaboration, engineering, and design through the rapid development of exploratory visual models. Continue reading “A Method to the Madness of Project Management: Visualization Driven Rapid Prototyping”

Interactive Data Visualization of Hollywood Films

Was it a hit? A mega-hit? An Oscar winner? A big-budget flop? David McCandless presents an interactive exploration of Hollywood films from 2008-2015:

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Andy Kirk Sweats the Details

In design, the details matter. Andy Kirk examines “the small decisions that make a big difference towards the good and bad” of information design:

 

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Ben Wellington's map of the world based on unpaid NYC parking tickets

Park locally. Owe globally. Using open data, Ben Wellington of I Quant NY examines the international component in New York City parking.

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A Critical Look at the Quantified Self

9780262529129_0 (1)We are our data. In Self Tracking (MIT Press), authors Gina Neff and Dawn Nafus show us how our self-tracked data plays a role in everything from healthcare to social life.

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