Data Stories

Data Stories

United States

A podcast on data and how it affects our lives — with Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner


85 | Machine Bias with Jeff Larson  

Jeff Larson from ProPublica joins us to talk about his work on bias found in automated algorithms that compute the recidivism scores of convicted criminals.

84 | Statistical Numbing with Paul Slovic  

We talk with Prof. Slovic about "Statistical Numbing," the inability of numbers and statistics to convey a sense of scale of human tragedies and to elicit compassion.

83 | Olympic Feathers with Nadieh Bremer  

We have Nadieh Bremer (a.k.a Visual Cinnamon) on the show to talk about her latest project "Olympic Feathers," an interactive data visualization to show the history of olympic medals.

82 | Information+ Conference Review  

Moritz and Enrico review three selected talks from the Information Plus Conference.

81 | The Hustle with Mahir Yavuz and Jan Willem Tulp  

How do you make a living out of data viz? We have Mahir Yavuz and Jan Willem Tulp on the show to talk about navigating the business side of data visualization.

80 | Indexical Visualization with Dietmar Offenhuber  

We have Dietmar Offenhuber, Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, on the show again to talk about “Indexical Visualizations”: visualizations that reduce the gap between the recorded phenomenon and its representation. On the show we talk about strategies to define and build indexical visualizations. Dietmar provides numerous examples, including thermometers, tree rings, petri dishes, and the blinking lights in your router. He also offers tips on experimenting with this kind of visualization and connecting to the indexical vis community.

79 | Information Design with Isabel Meirelles  

We talk with Isabel Meirelles, Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto, about her book "Design for Information" and Information Plus, the data visualization conference she organized in June.

78 | Mimi Onuoha on Visualizing People’s Lives through Mobile Data  

This week Mimi Onuoha joins Moritz on the show for a project episode from the Eyeo Festival. Mimi is a Brooklyn-based artist and researcher, and currently a Fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute. Mimi is fascinated by the moment when data get collected -- by what can be captured in that moment, and what goes unseen. As a Fulbright-National Geographic Fellow, Mimi developed Pathways, a data storytelling project on a month's worth of mobile data from a small group of Londoners. Using a quasi-ethnographic approach, the project reflects not only the individuals' mobile metadata, but also their experiences becoming data subjects. On the show, we discuss Mimi's process recruiting both friends and strangers to become her data subjects, her experience developing personal relationships with each of them, and their reaction to the final product. LINKS Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship Data and Society Research Institute Open Paths app Moves app owned by Facebook Reveal.js slideshow software

77 | Polygraph and The Journalist Engineer Matt Daniels  

We have Matt Daniels on the show, the "journalist engineer" behind Polygraph, a blog featuring beautiful journalistic pieces based on data. If you are not familiar with the site, stop now and take a look. Matt starts with a simple question -- for example, what songs from the '90s are still popular? -- and tries to answer it through data analysis and visualization. The result is always a well-crafted web page and applications, with a mix of data analysis, interactive graphics, and explanations. On the show we talk specifically about two projects: "The most timeless songs of all-time," in which Matt analyzes song popularity from Spotify data, and "Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age," in which he examines movie dialogues as a way to dig deeper into gender biases in the film industry. LINKS Matt Daniels Matt’s Medium article “The Journalist Engineer” Project: "The largest vocabulary in Hip Hop" Project: "How music taste evolved" Project: "The most timeless songs of all-time" Project: "Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age"

76 | Bocoup and OpenVis Conference  

We talk with the data visualization team from Bocoup about how they work with groups to create open-source data visualization software. We also discuss the OpenVis Conference that they organize each year.

75 | Sonification with Scott Hughes  

Astrophysics Scott Hughes from MIT plays the sounds of colliding black holes and explains what they mean.

74 | Data Ethics and Privacy with Eleanor Saitta  

Eleanor is Etsy’s new Security Architect and "a hacker, designer, artist, writer, and barbarian." We talk with Eleanor about how to deal with data ethics and privacy.

73 | Kim Albrecht on Untangling Tennis and the Cosmic Web  

Kim is a visualization researcher and information designer. He currently works at the Center for Complex Network Research, the lab led by famous network physicist László Barabási. Kim works in a team of scientists to create effective and beautiful visualizations that explain complex scientific phenomena. In the show we focus on Untangling Tennis, a data visualization project aimed at explaining the relationship between popularity and athletic performance. We also talk about his more recent project, the Cosmic Web, which visualizes 24,000 galaxies and their network of gravitational relationships. Enjoy the show! This episode of Data Stories is sponsored by Qlik, which allows you to explore the hidden relationships within your data that lead to meaningful insights. Make sure to check out the blog post listing Visualization Advocate Patrik Lundblad’s favorite data visualization pioneers. You can try out Qlik Sense for free at LINKS Kim Albrecht: Untangling Tennis: The Cosmic Web: D3.js: three.js, a javascript library for 3D vis: Ben Shneiderman’s The New ABC of Research: Peter Galison's Image and Logic: Peter Galison’s “Images Scatter Into Data, Data Gathers Into Images”:

72 | Jeff Heer on Merging Industry and Research with the Interactive Data Lab  

72 | Jeff Heer on Merging Industry and Research with the Interactive Data Lab

71 | Tapestry Conference Review with Robert Kosara  

This is a special edition from Tapestry, the conference on Data Storytelling that gathers visualization experts, journalists, designers, NGOs, academics, etc. Enrico sits together with Robert Kosara to talk about the conference, the keynotes, some of the short stories talk, and how to participate to future editions of Tapestry.

70 | Rocket Science with Rachel Binx  

70 | Rocket Science with Rachel Binx

69 | Data Visualization Literacy with Jeremy Boy, Helen Kennedy and Andy Kirk  

69 | Data Visualization Literacy with Jeremy Boy, Helen Kennedy and Andy Kirk

68 | Poemage: Data Visualization for Poets with Miriah Meyer and Nina McCurdy  

68 | Poemage: Data Visualization for Poets with Miriah Meyer and Nina McCurdy

67 | ggplot2, R, and data toolmaking with Hadley Wickham  

Hadley created a number of hugely popular libraries for the R language, including ggplot2, which is used throughout the world to analyze and present data with R. On the show we talk about how he created ggplot2 and how it became so popular, some of the other libraries he built and the R ecosystem, as well as strategies to create popular software for data analysis and visualization. Enjoy Hadley Wickham!

66 | “I Quant NY” Finding Surprising Stories in NYC Open Data with Ben Wellington  

We talk with Ben Wellington about his blog I Quant NY, where he writes about surprising facts he finds analyzing NYC open data.

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