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Viz on Video [27]

Keynote presentations from some of the latest data visualization-related events, and more

August 9, 2016

No matter which industry or sector you work in, events are probably the best way to expand your knowledge – and your network of contact. That’s what happens in data visualization (and all the associated fields), and it’s great to see that more and more of these events are making the keynotes available for those unable to attend. We are always happy to mention those videos in this weekly column, and with the growing number of data visualization-related events taking place (you can check out our calendar here), we might even create a special round up just for it.

But for now, here’s what we got for you this week:

One of the 2016 Eyeo Festival videos already available, and that we decided to open this edition of Viz on Video with, was this talk by Ben Fry, principal of Fathom, the well-known design and software consultancy located in Boston. His session was untitled “Teaching, Tools and the Trade”.


Our second video of this list comes from Quo Vadis Editorial Design (QVED) 2016, a conference that took place in Munich last February, bringing together a stellar panel of speakers to discuss the future od editorial design. Here’s the presentation by Jen Christiansen, senior graphics editor at Scientific American.


Another important event that took place earlier this year, Data by the Bay, just made available some of their talks as well. The main goal of Data by the Bay is to help connecting the best data engineers, data scientists and data-driven startup leaders with each other, throughout the five-day-150-talks event. Below you’ll see Facebook’s Akash Mukherjee‘s intervention, “When Visualization Best Practices Fall On Deaf Ears”.


This talk by German data scientist Florian Wilhelm presents libraries starting from basic reading and writing GPS tracks in the GPS Exchange Format to adding missing elevation information. Also visualisation of tracks on OpenStreetmap data with interactive plots in Jupyter notebooks is covered. It was delivered at the latest Euro Python Conference, and the slides, as well as additional notebooks, are available on Github.


Roughly a month ago, the TechEd North America’s Youtube channel was updated with several keynote speeches, covering all sorts of aspects within statistical data visualization, with a particular emphasis on “R”, the popular programming language. We picked Will Cornwell‘s talk about the use of color in data visualization, but you should definitely check out the entire rooster of videos.


We close not with a video from an event, but with a cool initiative by Google News Lab, inviting no other than Prof. Alberto Cairo for an hour-long chat about covering the elections through data, and analysis of elections data visualizations, among other topics. Hopefully, this will be a regular feature.


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.