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Out of this world: What can science teach us about Big Data?

Telling a story with data can be a challenge for the universe and the boardroom. Join us as we talk best practices of data visualization.

In this episode of Discover Performance Weekly, industry experts tackle data visualization. Telling a story with data can be a challenge for both the universe and the boardroom. 

HP Software evangelist and VP of Strategic Marketing Paul Muller sits down with data visualization expert Kim Arcand from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Center to discuss the challenges and benefits of conveying complex data sets in a way that is understandable to all audiences.

Breaking down the discussion

In this episode, Paul and Kim discuss the following topics:

  • What can science teach the boardroom about Big Data? (2:15)
  • Adding intelligence, context, and transparency to your data (5:00)
  • How do you know what data to use? What about outliers? (8:00)
  • The intent behind coloring data (11:20)
  • Anticipating your audience’s biases, cultures, and predispositions to visual clues (13:00)
  • Importance of narrative to accompany the data (16:25)
  • The value of metadata in visuals (18:00)

This episode’s “tips of the week” include:
Further discussion of rainbow color maps (http://blog.visual.ly/rainbow-color-scales/)

The Information Design Handbook by Jenn and Ken Visocky O’Grady (http://www.rotovision.com/book/the-information-design-handbook/)

For more information about Kim and her work with the Chandra X-ray Center, visit:

http://chandra.si.edu/

http://astroart.cfa.harvard.edu/

https://twitter.com/kimberlykowal

http://yourtickettotheuniverse.com/

http://people.seas.harvard.edu/~borkin/publications.html

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