13th September 2018
In this session we watched a TEDtalk and had some flash presentations.
For those who weren’t able to make it, here’s the link to the TED talk by Beau Lotto that we discussed: https://www.ted.com/talks/beau_lotto_optical_illusions_show_how_we_see Thanks for the really interesting discussion of how visual perception and optical illusions interact with data vis!
Related to this, we highlighted artist Luke Jerram’s current exhibition “The Impossible Garden” in the University Botanic Garden, a set of experimental sculptures exploring visual phenomena, open until 25th November (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/vision-institute/events/impossible-garden/). Luke will also be delivering this year’s Richard Gregory Memorial Lecture at 6pm on Tuesday 13th November, titled “Exploring the Edges of Perception”. Details here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/vision-institute/events/richard-gregory-memorial-lecture/lecture-details/
Thanks too to our presenters. This year we’re introducing a new show-and-tell format, with three-minute lightning presentations. These can be about anything you like, such as a visualisation you’ve seen and liked, a tool you’ve used, a project you’ve been working on or a problem you’d like help with. The idea is that these are low pressure and should require minimal preparation. We think it worked really well, so do let us know if there’s something you’d like to share at a future meeting. Having said that, there’s no obligation to present, so if you’d like to just come along and watch, that’s fine too.
- Elena Hensinger presented a project using the Bokeh interactive visualisation library: https://bokeh.pydata.org/en/latest/
- Jeison Sosa presented his interactive visualisation of global groundwater, combining Google Earth Engine, OpenStreetMap and Mapbox: https://jsosa.github.io/permwater.html
- Hugh Garner presented his implementation of a scaled Venn diagram: https://github.com/hgarner/scaled-venn
- Harriet presented a data visualisation problem she was approached with recently, and her suggested solution.
We also discussed an upcoming opportunity to influence the data visualisation infrastructure available at the University’s new Temple Quarter site. Do let us know if you’ve seen an exciting data visualisation set-up elsewhere that you’d like to bring to Bristol.
Finally, Polly announced a Tableau workshop she’s arranged for 7 November 2018 10.00-12.00 in the Seminar Room, Beacon House. This is one of our most requested training topics, so sign up here if you’d like to learn more: https://www.tableau.com/community/events/tableau-workshop-bristol