I would like to propose a session on data visualization. How we do it (programs, techniques, etc.) and why we do it (data cleaning, discovery tools, visual arguments)? The conversation will hopefully range from theories of information design (Edward Tufte/Ben Fry) to case studies brought by the participants. What kind of data visualizations have you created or would like to create in the future? What problems have you run into?
In the “let’s build something!” spirit of THATCamp, one product of the session could be expanding a Google doc created at THATCamp Prime 2011 for the session on “Best Practices for Structuring and Visualizing Research Data.” The participants created a series of questions/considerations to raise with researchers before they went into the archive and began recording their data. I would like to create a similar document that outlines how one goes about visualizing and cleaning data that was not stored in a standardized/visualization-friendly manner.
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