ScienceOnline Bay Area: Data Journalism and Data Viz for Science

April 19th, 2012 at swissnex San Francisco

  1. ScienceOnline Bay Area (#SOBA) is a monthly event - scienceonlinebayarea.org/" target="_blank">see here. This particular event took place on Thursday 19th April 2012. To quote the SOBA website: "ScienceOnline Bay Area is a local meeting of the ScienceOnlineNOW community and is co-organized by David Harris, William Gunn, Megan Mansell Williams, and Aurelie Coulon. ScienceOnlineBayArea.org is built and hosted by the Open Science Federation. ScienceOnline is a non-profit organization that facilitates discussion about science through online networks and face-to-face events. ...". See also this  http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/network-central/2012/04/13/what-is-scienceonline-bay-area/ " target="_blank">more full description from @BoraZ here.

  2. A big week for ScienceOnline & local events in Seattle, Vancouver, & Bay Area #SOBA #soSEA #soVAN  http://scienceonlinenow.org/2012/04/a-big-week-for-scienceonline-local-events/ noscio132012/04/a-big-week-for-scienceonline-local-events/ #scio13
  3. After my intro to ScienceOnline at #soSEA, I'm excited for #SOBA livestream (but wishing I could watch #soVan too)!  http://bit.ly/HXpt6i 
  4. When I mentioned at #scio12 our hopes for West Coast event? Better how local communities have organized meetups. Bravo #soba #soVAN #soSEA
  5. Likewise, follow and join Science Online Bay Area tweets on the #SoBA hashtag. @sciobayarea is the official twitter account.
  6. In 40 mins, the new Science Online Bay Area event will look at data visualisation - join the livestream here:  http://bit.ly/IaH6hh  #soba
  7. Likewise, follow and join Science Online Bay Area tweets on the #SoBA hashtag. @sciobayarea is the official twitter account.
  8. @manuscript Up really early for 2nd time this week :) We're expanding #sonyc to the West Coast - launch events this week #sosea #sovan #soba
  9. Hey #TEDMED friends, you might be interested in #sovan & #soba ScienceOnline meetings streaming tonight. Finding links  http://bit.ly/HW68nl 
  10. Data Viz in Science Journalism #SOBA discussion group starting up now @swissnexSF !
  11. You can learn about data viz from Science Online Bay Area now too:  http://bit.ly/IaH6hh  #soba
  12. NOAA gets a shout out for good, clean data at #SOBA Also, non-ocean guy can explain the acronym. Ocean win!
  13. One thing scientists & journalists have in common: Needing to find stories in the data. #SOBA
  14. When Peter Aldhous got his genome scanned, a bug in the display software made his mitochondrial DNA look non-human! #SOBA
  15. @mrgunn got patents or other text data? Look at journalist-oriented natural language processing at  http://Overview.ap.org rgsobaba
  16. Aldhous: Science can learn from viz tools being created by journalists and engineers. Name checks Quid. #SOBA
  17. Peter Aldhous' talk prompting thoughts of parallels between mining genomic data & textual data in scientific literature. Hmmmm... #SOBA
  18. An interesting juxtaposition between @poezn and Aldhous, one science comms, one great viz, connecting through data. #SOBA
  19. @poezn making fun of network diagram hairballs. I know you've all seen one, right? #SOBA
  20. Attending #SOBA: Data Visualization and Data Journalism in Science — swissnex  http://shar.es/rErAA 
  21. RT @SergeGremion: #soba data visualization @swissnex very interesting [even - for example- for swiss politics] @poezn
  22. .@poezn explains how visualizing data can show patterns you wouldn't otherwise see or expect. Data + technology = surprises! #SOBA
  23. And he puts us all to shame AGAIN RT @BoraZ: Two laptops, two earbuds (one in each ear) , two livestreams from #soVAN and #soBA
  24. Visual.ly loves D3 for telling data stories. #SOBA
  25. Michael Porath: @poezn - brilliant commentary @swissnexSF. Pattern recognition in data displays: story driven science communication #SOBA
  26. @poezn previews some awesome visual.ly tools that anyone can use, and wouldn't you know... @BoraZ, you always come up! #SOBA
  27. Hey @meganmansell you were the most influential twitter user leading up to this event #soba #swissnexsf
  28. .@poezn points out that being able to visualize data doesn't always mean there's a story. A lesson not unfamiliar to most scientists. #SOBA
  29. Now up, @davidkroodsma from Climate Central on DIY data journalism. Got a blog? Can you write code at all? You can do data journalism. #SOBA
  30. Both #SOVAN and #SOBA going on right now... Twitter is going crazy, can hardly keep up. ZOMG SO MUCH SCIENCE.
  31. @BoraZ Ah, must be a bug in the code! I didn't believe it, myself. #SOBA
  32. And myth is debunked instantly after :) RT @BoraZ: I do RT @mrgunn: @BoraZ does not tweet on Friday. Interesting... #soba
  33. There are a lot of tools on the web readily available for data viz. @davidkroodsma #SOBA
  34. @davidkroodsma biked across the americas to tell story about climate change, became a DIY data journalist, you can too! #soba @mrgunn
  35. People love maps. Check out fusion tables, says @davidkroodsma. But you still have to tell a story. #SOBA
  36. Visual.ly un moteur de data visualization (twitter/facebook for example), découvert @swissnexSF #soba
  37. If you want to catch the data viz discussions at #SoBA, the livestream is here:  http://bit.ly/HMmcTS 
  38. Storytelling skills seem to be in more short supply than coding. #soba
  39. Dirty data is not as sexy as it sounds. But all data tells a story. #SOBA
  40. MT @sciobayarea: People love maps. Check out fusion tables says @davidkroodsma but you still have to tell a story #SOBA  http://bit.ly/bG9lmE 
  41. #Soba - it's important with data to remember to tell a story - @davidkroodsma showing google fusion tables
  42. Looks like I'm the only person at #SOBA who doesn't know how to code. But I can tell a story, y'all. "w/o a story, no one reads yr stuff"
  43. ooh, so #soBA and #soVA are *both* happening now and streaming live? Never thought I'd be "attending" two conferences at the same time :)
  44. Story telling, yes. But timing is everything for journalism, says Peter Aldhous. Gives example of nuclear power coverage of Japan. #SOBA
  45. Data journalism combines intuition about timing, ability to craft a narrative, and (let's face it) some nerd skills. #SOBA
  46. @davidkroodsma eloquent ideation on 'Do It Yourself Data Journalism' - using OTS web content tools @swissnexSF #SOBA
  47. At #soba, discussion about storytelling skills. [I'm in decade-long journey to become better storyteller.]
  48. @mistersugar @mrgunn Will trade storytelling lessons for code classes. I don't even know where to start.
  49. @kwing Come to #scio13 and we'll introduce you to our friend Jeff , storyteller extraordinaire @TheMonti1
  50. At #SOBA now talking about how data viz can show the #s but not necessarily provide context for impact.
  51. RT @LouWoodley: If you want to catch the data viz discussions at #SoBA, the livestream is here:  http://bit.ly/HMmcTS 
  52. RT @SergeGremion: Visual.ly un moteur de data visualization (twitter/facebook for example), découvert @swissnexSF #soba
  53. "CAR - computer-assisted reporting - is not the same as data journalism." Need to analyse the data, figure out the story #soba
  54. RT @mrgunn Peter Aldhous responding to a question about where the story is - the data is just the start. #SOBA
  55. Data journalism is not just data viz. Journos use other tools too, like GIS etc to analyze data. #SOBA
  56. .@poezn says just like you learned to read a book, acquiring skills in data visualization literacy is key. #SOBA
  57. RT @LouWoodley "CAR - computer-assisted reporting - is not same as data journalism." Need to analyse the data, figure out the story #soba
  58. "Lies, damn lies, and data viz" says a questioner. #SOBA
  59. #sagecon remember this RT @mrgunn: Peter Aldhous responding to a question about where the story is - the data is just the start. #SOBA
  60. Ooh, like the 'nerdbox': where data journos link from charts to underlying data and methods. #SOBA
  61. @CyanJames @jamesian we need you! See @mrgunn: Storytelling skills seem to be in more short supply than coding. #soba
  62. MT @mrgunn: @davidkroodsma says on DIY data journalism: Got a blog? Can you write code at all? You can do data journalism. #SOBA
  63. +1 RT @kwing: Ooh, like the 'nerdbox': where data journos link from charts to underlying data and methods. #SOBA
  64. RT @HM_Galindo @sciobayarea: Data journalism is not just data viz. Journos use other tools too, like GIS etc to analyze data. #SOBA
  65. "Don't just put the data up, show your working too, that way readers can see how you've reached your conclusions if they want to #soba
  66. Guardian (UK) getting props for data viz and use of social media to gather stories. #SOBA
  67. How does the audience participate in creating or refining the story? Crowdsourcing will be discussed at a later #SOBA event.
  68. Mention of Guardian's use of social media and crowdsourcing of data journalism at #Soba. Is anyone doing this for science journalism?
  69. RT @mrgunn How does the audience participate in creating or refining the story? Crowdsourcing will be discussed at a later #SOBA event.
  70. Like 2 b needed MT "@engagedethics: @CyanJames @jamesian we need you! See @mrgunn: Storytelling skills shorter supply than coding. #soba"
  71. Thanks to everyone at @sciobayarea & #soba for coming to swissnexSF. Hope to see you all soon at another #soba event
  72. Congrats to #soba and #SoVan for their successful launches. Enjoy the beers!
  73. Happy networking #SoVan and #SoBA folks! Time to get some sleep... :)
  74. Congratulations to #soBA and #soVAN for great inaugural events! Need to re-watch the #soBA stream now...
  75. RT @mrgunn An interesting juxtaposition between @poezn and Aldhous, one science comms, one great viz, connecting through data. #SOBA
  76. Anyone taken any good photos at #soBA or #soVAN? Post them onTwitter!