The Social Life of Visualizations

Speaker: Martin Wattenberg , IBM Watson Research Center

Date: Friday, November 04, 2005

Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Refreshments: 1:15 PM

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Location: Patil Seminar Room (32-G449)

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Visualization is often viewed as an efficient way of getting information out of a database and into an individual's head. I argue that the value of many visualizations derives instead from their position in social systems involving two or more people. Through a series of examples from both science and art, I will discuss how this viewpoint leads to new directions, questions and design principles.


Martin Wattenberg is a research scientist at IBM, where he leads the Visual Communication Lab. His work focuses on new approaches to data visualization and collaboration.  He is known for both applied and artistic visualizations, interpreting such disparate information sources as online communities, museum collections, baby names, and stock market data.  He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from UC Berkeley.

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