January 21, 2013
2:00 pmto4:00 pm
January 28, 2013
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

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Workshop: Data Visualization

January 25, 2013

January 21, 2013
2:00 pmto4:00 pm
January 28, 2013
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

This two-part workshop provided an introduction to the principles of data visualization. It looked at both the science (drawn from computer science) and art (drawn from design principles) of visualization.

Part 1 – Jan. 21, 2013:

Invited speaker Dr. Tamara Munzner, Professor at the UBC Department of Computer Science, provided the background of what visualization is and how it can be used in both research and communication. Here is an extended version of that talk. Participants discussed and critiqued different examples of visualizations including charts, graphs, infographics, etc. using the principles described by Dr. Munzner. Students participated in games and exercises to effectively describe visualizations and also to draw specific data/messages. In preparation for the UBC 3 Minute Thesis competition, students brainstormed ideas for the single slides that will accompany their presentations, which were then further developed in Part 2.

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Part 2 – Jan. 28, 2013:

This part of the workshop included an overview of several tools that are readily available for data visualization and image editing. Google Motion Charts and R statistical software were introduced by Jinglie Dou of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems Learning Centre and an Adobe Photoshop primer was led by The Learning Centre’s Duncan McHugh. TerreWEB scholar and journalism student Hayley Dunning provided a tutorial of the free online resource, Intro to Many Eyes. Students then experimented with these tools in the development of their slides for the 3MT.

This two-part workshop was organized and coordinated by TerreWEB  Students. The group included Julia Amerongen Maddison, Salome Buglass, Hayley Dunning, Paige Olmsted and Matt Zustovic.

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