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Oct 15–17, 2014 • New York, NY

The Future of Storytelling in Data Communication

Andrew Hill (Textile)
11:50am–12:30pm Friday, 10/17/2014
Design & Interfaces
Location: 1 E8/1 E9
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 7 ratings)
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The tools to create maps and data visualizations are easier to use than ever before. As a result, the amount of data visualization produced each day is more than ever. The abundance of data visualization on the web is making it harder and harder to reach new audience and drive internet traffic through beautiful data visualization alone, we have moved into a post-visualization world.

We are at the beginning of a data-storytelling age, where people expect to have stories surfaced through data visualization, interaction, and narratives seamlessly combined. We have been working to build the tools that make it easy for data scientists and data communication experts to surface and tell the stories hidden in their data. Here, Andrew will present the lessons and trends we see in data storytelling at CartoDB. He will talk about our development of Torque, Odyssey.js, and other tools to help build stories around data.

Finally, Andrew will also talk about where data-storytelling will be headed in the next year and why it is important to the creators and handlers of big data. He will show a few of the hundreds of data visualization experiments we built to explore what that future looks like.

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Andrew Hill is the senior scientist at Vizzuality where he explores the future of online mapping to help guide innovation at CartoDB. He is a PhD biologist by training but has been working on maps, GIS, and data visualization for many years. He also teaches about maps and storytelling at NYU’s ITP. In his current position, he can regularly be found trying to create interesting maps online or giving workshops and presentations, often in New York City.

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Andrew Hill
10/24/2014 4:11am EDT

Sorry Kaushal, I just saw that speakerdeck had gotten stuck processing my slides. It is updated now.

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Andrew Hill
10/20/2014 10:08am EDT

hey kaushal, here is a link, unfortunately the slides that are videos/animated will not show here,

shoot me an email if you have any questions or want to talk more, andrew at cartodb dot com

kaushal shah
10/19/2014 2:04pm EDT

Where can I get presentation for this ?