28th October 1-2pm. Tableau showcase
Please sign up using the Eventbrite here
Room 1.20, 35 Berkeley Square, University of Bristol, BS8 1JA
The session will be given by speakers from Tableau.
This will be an hour long session including a 10 minute demo of Tableau’s capabilities with an example mobile phone dataset, a discussion of how data visualisation is used and how Tableau might help you, exploration of the Tableau visuals gallery and information about further training.
Data is everywhere. But it can be hard to make sense of it all. Tableau helps people transform data into actionable insights that make an impact. Easily connect to data stored anywhere, in any format. Quickly perform ad hoc analyses that reveal hidden opportunities. Drag and drop to create interactive dashboards with advanced visual analytics. Then share across your organization and empower teammates to explore their perspective on data. From global enterprises to early-stage start-ups and small businesses, people everywhere use Tableau’s analytics platform to see and understand their data.
Note that University of Bristol employees can access Tableau for free via Tableau’s academic programme. Students can download licenses here. Instructors/non-commercial academic researchers can use the link here. Instructors can download course software here. There is some further information on eligibility here. Tableau Public is free to anyone https://public.tableau.com/s/ and some people might qualify for a licence from Tableau Foundation : https://www.tableau.com/foundation/license-donations
If you are interested in a more structured course, Tableau will be running a beginners and intermediate course that day as well, details can be found on the JGI website.
We really enjoyed hearing about the potentials of d3.js and seeing some of the visuals it can create. If you would like the slides Gizat has been kind enough to share them with the group, please email the organisers for a copy.
Gizat was also able to give us an insight into a project he is working on, making a visualisation of the London Marathon data (https://results.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/2019/?pid=start), using these for inspiration https://interaktiv.morgenpost.de/berlin-marathon-2016/ & https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/10/30/sports/new-york-marathon-in-six-charts.html. Hopefully he will be back to share the finished visual with the group!
Other useful links:
Osama Mahmoud gave us a talk on the basics of data visualisation in R. He covered base graphics and ggplot2 in a really simple and helpful way, particularly for those who are less familiar with R. His slides are here: Data visualisation techniques using R
We were particularly impressed with the BristolVis R package he has designed, which provides interactive practicals to introduce data visualisation in R and an interactive webtool.
Osama Mahmoud can be contacted by email and was happy to help any of the group with data visualisation inR, for contact details see his website http://osmahmoud.com/.
“Data visualisation techniques using R” by Osama Mahmoud (UoB)
April 30th at 12:30 – 13:30 Room 4.10, Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square
To get an idea of numbers please can you sign up via Eventbrite
CANCELLED – will be rescheduled later in 2019 “A Walk through the Python Visualization Forest” by Margriet Groenendijk
May 22nd at 13:30 – 14:30 Post Graduate Hub training room 1, Senate House (note different time and location!!!)
Margriet is a Data Scientist and Developer Advocate from IBM Watson
There are many different Python libraries available for data visualization. These all have different philosophies, syntax and ways to create charts. In this session we will go for a walk in the forest to explore them all and learn about their differences and similarities. We will find out what plots and maps work best for different types of data. The walk will be documented in a Jupyter notebook so later you can go back into the forest on your own.
This will be promoted as part of JGI Data-Week – please register via Eventbrite
Design Principles of Data Visualisation by Oliver Davis (Data Vis Group organiser) + flash presentations
June 21st at 12:30 – 13:30 Room 4.10, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square
Introduction to D3.js by Gizat Makhanov (UoB)
July 9th at 12:30 – 13:30 Room 4.10, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square
Visual Vocabulary Discussion Session
This was a presentation and discussion session, covering visual vocabulary (deciding what graphics to use with your data), applications to big data, graphics tools and infographics, with lots of examples. Harriet and Polly ran the session with lots of interaction from the audience (Thank you!). We have attached the slides which were presented here: VisualVocab_Feb25th-20ktc47
There was additional discussion on actually designing your visualisation. Andy Kirk’s webinar – Mastering the Art of Data Visualisation Design – was recommended, as were the books, courses and resources from Edward Tufte. We will look into getting a seminar on the subject if we can find a suitable speaker – recommendations please!
We also discussed infographics and I was particularly interested to hear that some journals do encourage this sort of graphic – indeed, the BMJ actually has a member of staff to design infographics and data visualisations, Will Stahl-Timmons, and we found a good example of his work in a blog post.
The following sites were also recommended – leaning towards the data journalism side with some neat examples:
https://pudding.cool/ “explains ideas debated in culture with visual essays. By wielding original datasets, primary research, and interactivity, we try to thoroughly explore complex topics.”
http://thedataface.com/ “We help brands turn data into interactive stories and analytics tools”
Thanks to all who came to the session and I hope that it was of interest to you. As always, we would love your feedback and please do let us know if you have ideas for sessions you would like to see run (email@example.com). We really want these sessions to be useful for the group and can only do that with your input too!
Our next meeting will be February 25th at 12:30 – 13:30 in Room 4.10, 35 Berkeley Square (Graduate School of Education) and will be on Visual Vocabulary.
For our March meeting we are promoting the JGI talk on Wednesday 20th March 13:00-14:00 – “Automating Data Visualisation” by Nick Holliman, Professor of Visualization, Newcastle University & Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. The event is free but you must register for a ticket on Eventbrite.
On April 30th at 12:30 – 13:30 in Room 4.10, 35 Berkeley Square (Graduate School of Education) we will have a talk from James Staley on data visualisation techniques using R.
12th December – “The Clifton Suspension Bridge Dashboard, Data Visualisation from the Sublime to the Ridiculous”
This meeting featured a talk from Sam Gunner: ‘The Clifton Suspension Bridge Dashboard, Data Visualisation from the Sublime to the Ridiculous’.
“During the Clifton Suspension Bridge Dashboard Project, we employed a wide spectrum of different data visualisation techniques. At one end was the time series database visualisation software Grafana, an open source web interface that provides a very intuitive way of visualising and disseminating time series data. At the more imaginative end, the JGI commissioned two artists to convert the data into music, and the double robotic harp in the shape of the Clifton Suspension Bridge that they created (although possibly stretching the definition of data visualisation) has proved to be an incredibly successful mechanism for publicising the project and educating the general public, in this case in the field of Infrastructure Health Monitoring.
In my talk I’ll discuss the technical aspects of both these types of data visualisation, and hope to demonstrate their power, especially when used together.” Sam Gunner
Some more information about the Clifton Suspension Bridge Harp can be found in the report on the JGI website.
31st October – Research data set visualisation ideas – JGI seedcorn competition funding ideas and speed networking session.
Nat presented the Jean Golding Institute’s latest round of seed corn funding, and facilitated a team-building workshop for data visualisation applications to the scheme.
Our second data lab for 2018 used Atmospheric quality data provided by Guy Barkley from Atmotech.
24th May 2018 – Atmospheric quality data visualisation lab (1)
Guy Barkley from Atmotech introduced us to the work they do and the time-series data he kindly provided for the group on atmospheric quality.
Atmotech is an air quality services business. They deploy IoT sensor modules around sites and present the data to clients – ‘building a picture of air quality’ – in addition to professional services to help improve air quality on site and ultimately reduce exposure to our clients’ staff. They are interested in novel and intuitive methods of displaying our data, which readily engage people and facilitate understanding.
We asked the group to use this data to create data visualisations (as teams or individuals), which will then be presented in a follow-up session to skill-share and learn.
7th June 2018 – Atmospheric quality data visualisation (2)
This second session is the follow-up session of the data viz lab. Here, those who had created some visualisations on the atmospheric data presented their work to the group, followed by a discussion of the works and the tools used.