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Viz on Video [3]

Our weekly digest of video interviews, tutorials, keynotes and webinars is out

October 6, 2015

Ranging from the history of Microsoft Excel – still an unmissable tool to the data visualization professional kit, that completed 30 years last week -, to the presentations at Strata Conference + Hadoop World 2015, this third installment of “Viz on Video” is the biggest so far.

Enjoy this week’s choices – but be warned, these are long duration videos, so better save some time.

This video uses footage from a documentary dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Excel, produced by Microsoft, to show the path of the most popular spreadsheet – and visualization? – software in the world. Read more about Microsoft Excel history here.


In his Strata+Hadoop keynote, founder Maciej Ceglowski draws a parallel between the data industry and the troubled nuclear energy. We can see more Strata Conference + Hadoop World 2015 presentations over at O’Reilly’s YouTube channel.


In this 30-minute session, Cole Nussbaumer covers seven lessons on the effective use of color in communicating with data. Cole’s blog Strorytelling with Data is one of our favorites, so don’t forget to chewck it out, if you’re not familiar with it. And we can’t wait for her book, storytelling with data: a data visualization guide for business professionals that will be published this month. You can pre-order it here.


Presented by Jonathan Schwabish for the TAACCCT Evaluation Community, this talk covers the basics of visualization, strategies for improving the default settings in softwares such as Excel, and the different types of visualizations.


The talk by Chris Little offers a brief overview of the interaction of meteorology and ‘display technology’ in the last 150 years, followed by some the speaker’s experience with pen plotting, scientific visualisation, WMO weather symbols.


The Bokeh visualization library has grown into a large, successful open source project. This talk given by Bryan Van de Ven at EuroSciPY 2015 describes Bokeh and shows how it can enable domain experts to easily create novel and powerful visualizations that extract insight from remote, possibly large data sets, to be published to the web for others to explore and interact with.


Last week, LinkedIn rolled out their publishing platform in the German market. Giovanni Iachello, Head of International and Data Products at LinkedIn’s headquarter in Mountain View, presented facts and insights to Austrian journalists. Ritchie Pettauer had the changce to catch up with him in this 20 minute conversation.



We hope you enjoyed this selection of videos. Next week, we’ll return with more – and don’t forget to check out the video section of our infographic gallery.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

  • Boriana Petrova

    Thank you very much for quotation :-)
    Best regards!