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Episode #29: Discussion on Open Data

Welcome back to the PolicyViz Podcast! A special episode this week–a panel discussion, as it were, about open data. This conversation was sparked by a presentation I gave at the 2015 Socrata Customer Summit about the need to make open data not just machine readable, but also human readable. So I invited four people doing…

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The Book!

A few months ago, I wrote a post on why PowerPoint is not to blame for bad presentations. In that post, I also promised to publish snippets from the book I’m writing on presentation skills with Columbia University Press. Turns out that I didn’t actually post many snippets from the book (exceptions are here and…

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Episode #28: Lynn Cherny

Happy New Year! I hope you had a terrific holiday season and kickoff to the new year. I also hope you’re ready for an exciting year of The PolicyViz Podcast because I’ve got some unbelievable guests lined up for the next few months. So let’s get started: On the first episode of 2016, I’m happy…

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Looking Back to 2015 and Looking Forward to 2016

I usually hate these kind of “Year in Review” wrap-up posts, but I figured I have enough good and bad stuff saved that it was worth sharing. No rankings here, just a stream-of-consciousness kind of thing. But let me be clear, I haven’t done a good job collecting data over the course of the year. In…

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Episode #27: Dear Data Wrap-Up

For the final episode in 2015, I’m excited to welcome Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec back to the show to talk about their year of Dear Data, their analog data visualization project. Our conversation is a bit broader than just about the Dear Data project. I was curious about their reflections on whether the project…

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How can researchers use big data more responsibly?

This post was originally published on the Urban Institute’s blog, Urban Wire on December 17, 2015. Earlier this week, I wrote about how new and nontraditional forms of data hold promise for public policy researchers, but also raise a lot of new questions. I want to now skip ahead a bit and posit the following: In a world…

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What does “big data” mean for researchers?

This post was originally published on the Urban Institute’s blog, Urban Wire on December 14, 2015. Changes in the value, kinds, and availability of data can have a profound impact on how places like the Urban Institute conduct research. As new kinds of data become more available for social and public policy research, it’s critical that researchers understand…

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Episode #26: Jim Vallandingham

Very excited to welcome Jim Vallandingham to this week’s episode of the podcast. Jim is a Data Visualization and Open Web Engineer at Bocoup. He writes regularly about everything open: code, projects, collaborative tools, building great stuff. In this episode, we talk about some of the projects he has been working on at Bocoup and…

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Marimekko Chart in Excel

Marimekko charts encode two variables: one along the height of the vertical axis and another using the width of the bars or columns. This one from The Economist, for example, has GDP per capita ($) on the vertical axis and share of global population (%) along the horizontal axis. There are alternatives, of course; they…

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Episode #25: Andy Cotgreave

I’m happy to invite my good friend Andy Cotgreave from Tableau Software to the 25th episode of The PolicyViz Podcast. Andy is the Technical Evangelist at Tableau software and writes and speaks regularly and widely about all things data: how to analyze it, process it, share it, and visualize it. We try to cover the bases in…