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Beyond Pushing "Play": Interactive, Data-driven Videos for a Web-based World

Susan McGregor (Columbia University)
Location: Salon 8/9
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HTML5’s move away from plugin-based video players brought with it the promise of bringing web video “out of the box.” Yet most web videos are still linear, fixed-in-time narratives that do little to respond
to their users or the richness of the web-based environment in which they live.
It’s time for video narratives to truly be of the web. Video shouldn’t just be a one-way stream: it should create a dynamic, interactive, responsive visual narratives that leverage all the resources of the web, whether those are simply text, or complex visualizations or localized data. Data Docs, an experimental, open-source video platform, hopes to support and inspire a new iteration of web-based video storytelling.

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Susan McGregor

Columbia University

Susan McGregor is Assistant Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism & Assistant Professor at Columbia Journalism School, where she helps supervise the dual-degree program in Journalism & Computer Science. She teaches primarily in areas of data journalism & information visualization, and also offers occasional courses in storytelling at the School of Engineering. McGregor’s main areas of research interest are information security, privacy, knowledge management and alternative forms of digital distribution.

In 2012, she received a Magic Grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation for her work on Dispatch, a mobile app for secure source communication. In 2015, she received support from both the Provost’s Office and the School of International Public Affairs at Columbia University to work on global and interdisciplinary information security issues. McGregor is also a current recipient of a collaborative National Science Foundation grant to develop secure, usable communication tools, for journalists and other communities.