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Does data visualization tell us what to think?

Join us for our wrap-up event for data in sight: making the transparent visual. Come see the winning data visualizations from the weekend and hear from a panel of experts as they discuss trends, risks, and the significance of data visualization. Specifically, we will explore the question of whether
data visualization tells us what to think – if this is good, bad, and what the other implications of this might be.


Peter Aldous (Moderator), San Francisco bureau chief, New Scientist Magazine. Peter is reporting on biology, medicine, social sciences and the environment. He’s especially interested in data journalism, and has made visualizations on topics from ranging from earthquakes and their casualties to networks of citation among stem cell researchers. Peter also teaches in the Science Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Sean Gourley, co-founder and CTO, Quid. Sean did research into the mathematics of war for his PhD thesis at Balliol College, Oxford. His findings appeared as the featured article in “Nature” (December 2009) and were the subject of a popular TED talk (2009). His work on statistical analysis, probability, and algorithm development applied to complex systems and large datasets inspired the creation of Quid. Sean is a Rhodes Scholar PhD in Physics (Complexity) from the University of Oxford; his is undergraduate degree in Physics is from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Tyler Bell is the Director of Product for Factual, a LA-based startup that is, amongst other things, creating a global coverage of the world’s POI and businesses.  He previously taught archaeology at the University of Oxford and, more recently and topically, was the Product Lead for Yahoo’s Geo Technologies Group. He writes about semantic- and geo-technologies for O’Reilly Radar at

Sep Kamvar, Consulting assistant professor of Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. His research focuses on social computing and information management, and he is particularly interested in personal and social models for search. From 2003 to 2007, Sep was the head of personalization at Google. Sep is the author of two books and over 40 technical publicationsand patents in the fields of search and social computing. He is on the technical advisory boards of several companies, including Aardvark and Etsy. His artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Musem in London, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens.

Joris Maltha, FounderCatalogtree, a multidisciplinary design studio. The studio works continuously on commissioned and self initiated design projects. The studio’s guiding design tactic is FORM = BEHAVIOUR. Typography, generative graphic design and the visualisation of quantitative data are daily routines. Other recent endeavours include: D.I.Y. structured-light 3D-scanning, Bristle bot development and the visualisation of financial tick-data.

Doors open at 6:30, program begins at 7pm. Refreshments will be provided.

6:30pm   Doors open and registration
7:00pm   Presentation of winning data visualizations, Thomas Castro (LUST)
7:20pm   Panel discussion
8:20pm   Refreshments and networking
9.30pm    Doors close

Sign up here.

This event is free of charge and open to anyone who is a fan of, intrigued by, or even a little curious about data visualization.

Special thanks to PeopleBrowsr for being our wonderful host for the evening.

474 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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