SOBA: Data Visualization and Data Journalism in Science

SOBA is a monthly discussion series on how science is carried out and communicated online. Our first event focuses on the topic of data visualization and data journalism in science.

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swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


April 20, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

ScienceOnline Bay Area (SOBA) is a monthly discussion series on how science is carried out and communicated online. The first event in the series focuses on the topic of data visualization and data journalism in science.

Although not yet exactly common in science reporting, data journalism and data visualization are a natural fit to the material. But how does one go beyond the use of tabular data and basic analysis to data scraping and sophisticated statistical techniques? We’ll discuss the issues, methods, and tools of data visualization and data journalism and explore the cutting edge of these fields with some of the leading practitioners in the Bay Area.

Join us to officially kick off the SOBA series with short speaker presentations, a panel discussion, and audience Q&A. For those who’d like to continue the conversation, the gathering convenes at a nearby bar (to be announced at the event)!


Peter Aldhous

Peter Aldhous is San Francisco bureau chief with New Scientist magazine, reporting on biology, medicine, social sciences and the environment. He also teaches in the Science Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has developed curriculum materials in data analysis and visualization for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Peter’s journalism has drawn on diverse sources of data, from earthquake records, through citations in stem cell research, to his own genome.

David Kroodsma

David Kroodsma is an independent climate change consultant and journalist who has spent much of the past decade communicating climate science. He recently spearheaded do-it-yourself data journalism while writing for the Climate Central, where he used basic online tools to communicate climate science to a lay audience. He is best known for a two-year bicycle trip he took from California to Argentina and the “on the ground” climate blogging he performed along the way. He has a masters in Earth Systems science from Stanford University, and he is currently working with the Skoll Global Threats Fund.


Michael Porath

Michael Porath heads up the Engineering team at The startup creates tools that aim to democratize the creation of data visualization. Michael has a background in Software Engineering with a focus on working with large-scale data sets. He holds a Master in Information Management and Systems from UC Berkeley, with a specialization in Data Visualization. Michael also teaches a graduate-level course in Information Visualization at the School of Information at UC Berkeley.


More Info

SOBA is a local meeting of the ScienceOnlineNOW community and is co-organized by David Harris, William Gunn, Megan Mansell Williams, and Aurelie Coulon. These local events are recognized and encouraged by ScienceOnline, a non-profit organization that facilitates discussion about science through online networks and face-to-face events.


Photo: Myleen Hollero

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