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Publicize, Don’t Just Publish!

June 22, 2016
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Publicize, Don’t Just Publish!

What does it mean to publish a paper? Is it just to add a bullet point to your CV, or do you want the world to know about your research? What does it mean to publish today? Here are some thoughts and pointers on how to get the word out about the amazing work you … Continue reading Publicize, Don’t Just Publish!

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EuroVis 2016, Thursday and Friday

June 10, 2016
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EuroVis 2016, Thursday and Friday

After Tuesday and Wednesday, EuroVis continued for the rest of the week. There were papers about visualization, interaction, networks, and other stuff, a dinner in a former church, and finally the capstone.  First a little update: you can now watch Anders Ynnerman’s epic keynote. Coordinated Views and Interaction Design Who says coordinated views have to be next … Continue reading EuroVis 2016, Thursday and Friday

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EuroVis 2016, Tuesday and Wednesday

June 8, 2016
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EuroVis 2016, Tuesday and Wednesday

EuroVis 2016 is happening this week in Groningen, The Netherlands. This is the report from the first two-and-a-half days,  which saw some symposia, a keynote, and many paper presentations. The pre-conference program kicked off on Monday afternoon. In addition to a few small symposia, there was also a tutorial on machine learning and visualization. It was pretty basic, … Continue reading EuroVis 2016, Tuesday and Wednesday

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EuroVis Coverage and Running

June 1, 2016
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EuroVis Coverage and Running

For people not attending EuroVis: I will be tweeting from there next week and write postings here, like I have in the previous years. For people who will be attending: let’s meet up and run! EuroVis Coverage I will be tweeting during the sessions – assuming there’s Wifi – Tuesday through Friday (June 7–10). EuroVis being in the … Continue reading EuroVis Coverage and Running

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A Pair of Pie Chart Papers

May 30, 2016
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A Pair of Pie Chart Papers

How do we read pie charts? Do they differ from the even more reviled donut charts? What about common pie chart designs like exploded pies? In two papers to be presented at EuroVis next week, Drew Skau and I show that the common wisdom about how we read these charts (by angle) is almost certainly wrong, and that … Continue reading A Pair of Pie Chart Papers

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The Scrollytelling Scourge

May 25, 2016
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The Scrollytelling Scourge

Scrollytelling is a common way of interacting with stories these days. Scroll down and the story unfolds! Except it’s often awkward, brittle, and gets in the way. The Age of Scrollytelling Scrolling is a funny thing. It was long considered something people rarely did, and many news organizations will still talk about stories being “above the … Continue reading The Scrollytelling Scourge

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Row-Level Thinking vs. Cube Thinking

May 23, 2016
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Row-Level Thinking vs. Cube Thinking

Our mental model of a dataset changes the way we ask questions. One aspect of that is the shape of the data (long or wide); an equally important issue is whether we think of the data as a collection of rows of numbers that we can aggregate bottom-up, or as a complete dataset that we can slice top-down to ask … Continue reading Row-Level Thinking vs. Cube Thinking

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OpenVis 2016 Talk Videos and Pointers

May 18, 2016
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OpenVis 2016 Talk Videos and Pointers

The OpenVis Conference had another great selection of talks this year. Here is a list of my favorites, with talk videos and pointers to some additional materials. The conference venue was the IMAX theater of the Boston Aquarium, which was great. Not only was the huge screen and theater seating a definite plus, but the ticket also included … Continue reading OpenVis 2016 Talk Videos and Pointers

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New Edition of Designing the User Interface

May 16, 2016
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New Edition of Designing the User Interface

The 6th edition of Designing the User Interface just came out. This is one of the central books in HCI. This edition is also notable because it adds a lot of fresh blood to the list of authors. Ben Shneiderman published the first edition of the book in 1986. Since the third edition, Catherine Plaisant has been … Continue reading New Edition of Designing the User Interface

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MTurk IDs Are Not Anonymous

May 5, 2016
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MTurk IDs Are Not Anonymous

The worker IDs Amazon’s Mechanical Turk gives you may look pretty random and anonymous, but they can reveal personally-identifiable information. They need to be removed from datasets, especially when they are shared or published. Like many things, I learned this the hard way. Or I would have, had Steve Haroz not caught it in the data … Continue reading MTurk IDs Are Not Anonymous

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