Presented By O'Reilly and Cloudera
Make Data Work
September 25–26, 2017: Training
September 26–28, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Expanding data literacy with data visualizations

Julia Rodriguez (Eagle Investment Systems)
2:55pm3:35pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Visualization & user experience
Location: 1E 15/16 Level: Beginner
Secondary topics:  Financial services
Average rating: ****.
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Data analysts and scientists, programmers, and designers

What you'll learn

  • Learn new approaches to traditional charts and graphs and new visual design methods that provide a greater perspective of the data


Data visualizations are often compromised representations that may limit our ability to understand the full story or lead us to shortsighted conclusions. Between multiple screen displays, tables of data, and basic charts that only show a limited perspective of the data, we are left with subpar tools to combine and analyze data. Collectively, we know we need to improve our data experiences, as well as our ability to see the main issues, discover the hidden details, make connections, and compare the top ideas. And increasing amounts of data only heighten the need to do more with the data we have and ensure our decisions are well considered. As a result, we also need better methods to navigate data and extract multiple questions from datasets so that our follow up queries are only a click away.

Julie Rodriguez draws upon examples from her book Visualizing Financial Data to show you how to turn your raw data into meaningful information. Along the way, Julie shares new visual design methods that provide a greater perspective of the data through embedded context, adjustments to commonly used charts, and new chart types that are easier to read and comprehend.

Topics include:

  • How to embed context into a chart for additional perspective
  • How to make data more accessible through visuals
  • How to visually navigate larger datasets
  • How to emphasize different aspects of your data
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Julia Rodriguez

Eagle Investment Systems

Julie Rodriguez is vice president of product management and user experience at Eagle Investment Systems. An experience designer focusing on user research, analysis, and design for complex systems, Julie has patented her work in data visualizations for MATLAB and publishes industry articles on user experience and data analysis and visualization. She is the coauthor of Visualizing Financial Data, a book about visualization techniques and design principles that includes over 250 visuals depicting quantitative data.

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10/02/2017 9:59am EDT

Has the slide deck been made available anywhere?