Money is Beautiful: Looking at Markets in New Ways

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More data is better, right up until it isn’t. Because after a while everything starts to disappear in data smog, with meaning lost in terabytes of data feeds and general information overload. How do you cope?

Martin Wattenberg is a deep thinker in this area, having created one of the most widely known market visualization tools out there, SmartMoney’s Map of the Market. He will walk us through its creation, as well as the future of high-volume data visualization.

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Martin Wattenberg

IBM Research

Martin Wattenberg is the manager of IBM’s Visual Communication Lab, whose research focuses on new forms of data visualization and how they can enable better collaboration. The lab’s latest project is Many Eyes (, an experiment in open, public data visualization and analysis. Prior to joining IBM, Wattenberg was the Director of Research and Development at, where he designed internet-based financial software. His work at SmartMoney included the groundbreaking Map of the Market, which visualizes live data on hundreds of publicly traded companies. Wattenberg is also known for his visualization-based artwork, which has been exhibited in venues such as the London Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from U.C. Berkeley.


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