The Dirty Truth about Data Literacy

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The world is pumping with data. It’s running through the veins of infrastructure, business, and our personal lives at an unfathomable rate – creating relationships, driving decisions, and building knowledge. However, if we’re not careful about our data products, our audience may be armed with the wrong information.

We’ve all seen examples of simple charts gone horribly wrong. If it’s hard to get even the simple things right, how are we supposed to advance the field of data and visualization? Improving data literacy is imperative to keeping people moving at the pace of data

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Kim Rees is a founding partner of Periscopic:, an award-winning information visualization firm. Their work has been featured in the MoMA as well as several online and print publications, including CommArts’ Interactive Annual, The Information Design Sourcebook, Print magazine, and numerous websites, blogs, and regional media outlets. Periscopic’s body of work was nominated for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.

Kim is a prominent individual in the information visualization community. She has published papers in Parsons Journal of Information Mapping, was an award winner in the VAST 2010 Challenge, and is an advisor to the Congressional Budget Office. Kim has presented at several industry events including Strata, Wolfram Data Summit, Eyeo, VisWeek, and various data visualization groups among others. Recently she has also been an adviser on an upcoming documentary film and was the Technical Editor for Visualize This by Nathan Yau. Kim received her BA in Computer Science from New York University.


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