Data Wrangling: Getting Started Working with Data for Visualizations

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B202/203


Good data visualization allows us to leverage the incredible pattern-recognition abilities of the human brain to answer questions we care about. But how do you make a good visualization? Here's a crash course.


Data visualizations can be a powerful tool for analysis and presentation, but what do you need to make one? Data is the obvious answer, but is that enough?

In this talk, we’ll walk through the building blocks of a good visualization. I’ll discuss the difference between structured and unstructured data, how to transform one into the other, and why good questions are especially important for crafting visualizations. We’ll see the kinds of views that are appropriate for different kinds of data, encounter some fundamental interaction techniques, and send you off better prepared to incorporate data visualization into your work and play!


data, visualization, multi-dimensional data analysis, interaction design

Speaking experience

I have presented this talk twice previously, at the Intel Labs in October 2012 and at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in February 2014.

Other speaking experience (talk title followed by instances I have given it):

Talk: Visual Analysis of Higher-Order Conjunctive Relationships in Multi-Dimensional Data Using a Hypergraph Query System
-Little Bird. Portland, OR. February 2014
-IEEE Vis. Atlanta, GA. October 2013
-University of Oklahoma. Norman, OK. May 2012

Talk: Dressing Quantitative Data for the Qualitative Ball: A Cinderella Story
-Intel Labs. Hillsboro, OR. May 2013