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Data Vis Is Dead, Long Live Data Vis!

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Data visualization is everywhere! It’s in your health records and in the advertising section of your morning news paper (if you still read such things.) It makes us laugh, it makes us wonder and it can make us outright angry. It’s used for art and it’s used to sell you cereal, all the while helping scientists cure cancer. What will come of data visualization as a medium? Are our concerns unnecessary or should we take swift action to save this form of communication? Join our controversial conversation where we’ll discuss the many uses of data visualization and what the future might (or should) hold in store.



Dylan Lathrop Editorial Design Dir Good.IS

Editorial Design Director at GOOD in Los Angeles. Grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and left to attend MCAD; graduated in 2009 and became a very big Minnesota Twins fan in that time.

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Irene Ros Sr Open Source Data Visualization Developer Bocoup

Irene is an open source senior developer at Bocoup, where she focuses all her time and passion on data visualization. Her love of news and journalism has led her down the rabbit hole of storytelling with data and she's currently working with the Guardian Interactive team on a set of open source tools for interactive storytelling with data. For more info, follow @themisoproject and @ireneros.

Jer Thorp Artist & Educator The New York Times

Robert Kosara Assoc Professor of Computer Science UNC Charlotte

I am Associate Professor of Computer Science at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, currently on Sabbatical with Tableau Software in Seattle, WA.

My academic work covers the visualization of categorical data, perception and cognition in visualization, and the development of more rigorous theoretical foundations for the field. My interests span all
of visual communication, however: photography, design, painting, as well as any kind of visual storytelling.

I run a blog on visualization at

Rosten Woo Designer Writer & Educator

Rosten Woo is a cultural producer living in Los Angeles. He makes work that helps people understand complex systems and participate in group decision-making. His work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial, the New Museum, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Netherlands Architectural Institute, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, on the internet, and in various public housing developments, tugboats, shopping malls, and parks in New York City and Los Angeles. His first book, “Street Value,” was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. He is co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP).

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