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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #14: Ken Melero from Socrata

In this, the 14th episode of the PolicyViz Podcast, I speak with Ken Melero, Director of Federal at Socrata. Socrata is a cloud-based open data software company that helps local, state, and federal governments open their data and make those data more widely available. Ken and I chat about the challenges organizations face when determining when…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #13: Mathematica Policy Research

In this episode of the PolicyViz Podcast, I speak with Adam Coyne and Jennifer de Vallance from Mathematica Policy Research. MPR conducts policy and economic research to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on information collection and analysis for our partners and clients. In this episode,…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #12: Scott Klein

Welcome to Episode #11 of the PolicyVIz Podcast! This week, I’m excited to welcome Scott Klein, Assistant Managing Editor at ProPublica. Scott and his team do really exciting work with data, by presenting large datasets with journalism. That is, they create data tools to help show the data and tell stories, and they combine those…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #11: Mico Yuk

In this week’s episode, I speak with author, speaker, and dashboard expert Mico Yuk. Mico is co-founder and partner at BI Brainz, author of the book Data Visualization for Dummies, and leads business intelligence dashboard trainings around the world. In this episode of the podcast, Mico and I talk about what makes a great data visualization,…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #10: Dave Bruns

When it comes to creating visualizations with your data, it’s not the tool that “makes” things, it’s the user. I’ve heard lots of people say that Excel makes terrible data visualizations. It’s true that 3D cones and 3D exploding pie charts are bad data visualization options, but the user chooses them, so let’s blame the…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #9: Scott Murray

What’s the best way to teach data visualization? How do you mix theory and practical applications? What tool or tools should you teach: Tableau, Excel, d3, Processing, something else? Scott Murray, Assistant Professor of Design at the University of San Francisco and I talk about these issues and much more. Oh, and Scott makes a little…

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Ban Bad Presenters, Not PowerPoint

Would you tighten a screw with a hammer? Cut your lawn with a pencil? Why not? Because it’s the wrong tool for the job! Every so often, someone writes a post about uninstalling Microsoft Excel from every computer because “it” makes bad data visualizations. Or, as was written in yesterday’s Washington Post, let’s ban PowerPoint…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #8: Nick Diakopoulos

In this week’s episode, I chat with Nick Diakopoulos from the University of Maryland at College Park. Nick recently co-hosted an event on algorithmic transparency at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. Nick and I chat about algorithms and the skill sets journalists now need in an era where data is becoming such…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #7: Rob Simmon

In this week’s episode, I speak with color-guru Rob Simmon from Planet Labs. If you don’t know Rob, you should absolutely read is famous 6-part series on color hosted at the Visual.ly blog. Nowadays, Rob is busy launching satellites and helping us literally improve the way we see the world. Links Why Should Engineers and…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #6: DeepLab

In the previous episode of the PolicyViz Podcast, I spoke with Maral Pourkazemi about the DeepLab project. That discussion was so interesting, we pulled in instigator Addie Wagenknecht to talk more about the project, its future, and what it means for our technological privacy and security. If you have ideas for guests or topics, or…