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Imaginative Tools for Visualizing Complexity workshop

Imaginative Tools for Visualizing Complexity workshop

The aim of this workshop is to create a community of practice in visualization in the SEFARI member institutes and encouraging us to draw on each other’s expertise. The workshop is open to all, whether with or needing expertise in visualization, but places are limited. For more information see our blog.  

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Date & Time

9 February 2018 - 09.30 - 16.30



09:30     Arrival and coffee

10:00     Talk by Sophie Warnes, Office for National Statistics

11:00     Interactive group session

12:30     Lunch

13:30     Talk by Jessie Kennedy, Edinburgh Napier University

14:15     Mini-hackathon

16:00     Team presentations

16:20     Feedback and close


Sophie Warnes from the Office for National Statistics will be opening the Visualization Workshop on Tuesday 6 February with her talk entitled “Creating Effective Data Visualizations”. The abstract for that talk:

“Data visualization is a key way to present data to people, and it's all around us today, in reports, presentations, and articles. But not all visualizations are created equally, and some fail in their basic duty of conveying data. So how do you create clear and compelling data visualizations suitable for all audiences? This presentation will cover the basic principles of presenting data visually, as well as tools, tips, and examples of bad and good practice.”

Prof. Jessie Kennedy, Dean of Research & Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University, is our second guest speaker on the day, and her talk “Visualizing Taxonomy” has the following abstract:

“This talk will present the challenges in biological taxonomy and show how visualization can aid understanding the process of biological taxonomy from the perspectives of taxonomists creating taxonomies, ecologists using the resulting taxonomies and biologists using ecological data encoded with taxonomic information. Lessons learned from the field of taxonomy could inform the role of taxonomy in visualization.”


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