Teaching with Visualizations

Presenter: Kate Elswit, lecturer from the Drama Department and Mellon Fellow
When: Wednesday, April 27, at 4 p.m.
Where: Room 123 Humanities Center

This is an advance meeting for the Visualizing Complexity and Uncertainty: Exploring Humanistic Approaches to Graphical Representation workshop.

The topic for discussion will be visualizations as teaching tools. Kate Elswit, lecturer from the Drama Department and Mellon Fellow, will talk about how she has used William Forsythe’s Synchronous Objects for One Flat Thing, reproduced in teaching. The floor (and the big screen) will be open for others to share examples of visualizations used in teaching.

Synchronous Objects is a visualization project created at The Ohio State University based on choreographer William Forsythe’s work, One Flat Thing, reproduced. The project was a collaboration between Forsythe; Associate Professor from OSU’s Department of Dance, Norah Zuniga Shaw; and Maria Palazzi, Director of the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design. The project is widely recognized as an important example of how data visualization can be helpful in understanding human expression.

You can preview Synchronous Objects here.

Stanford Spatial/GISSIG workshop Feb 10: Google Fusion Tables

Kathryn Brisbin-Hurley, Google Developer Programs Engineer:
“A Hands-On Workshop on Google Fusion Tables”

WHEN: Thursday, February 10, 1-2 p.m.
WHERE: Stanford Humanities Center, Board Room

Session Description
Google Fusion Tables offers a unique and easy way to upload, store, share, visualize, and manage your geospatial data. This hands-on workshop will walk you through all the steps to use Fusion Tables in your own spatial data applications. You will learn how to upload data to Fusion Tables, share this data with others, and create an interactive geographical visualization of your data. No programming experience required!

Kathryn Brisbin-Hurley recently joined Google as a Developer Programs Engineer for Fusion Tables. In this role, she helps spread the word about Fusion Tables by presenting at conferences and developer events. She recently worked on Google’s 2010 U.S. Election Ratings gadget. She received an MS in Web Science from the University of San Francisco and a BS in Genetics from the University of California, Davis. Prior work experience includes research in mobile and peer-to-peer computing.

GISSIG Talk Oct 12: How to Make Beautiful Maps of Your Data with Drupal

“How to Make Beautiful Maps of Your Data with Drupal”

Drupal is a usually known as a content management system in which to store your information, but did you know it can also help you visualize that data on a geocoded map? By using such technologies as MapBox, OpenLayers, GeoTaxonomy, and KML it is possible to use Drupal to make powerful and interactive representations of your data without writing any code. Learn from Matt Cheney of Chapter Three how he uses Drupal to do mapping with examples from the United Nations and People’s Vegan Donuts in Berkeley.

Matt Cheney is Managing Partner and Drupal Strategist at Chapter 3,  a San Francisco based Web development company specializing in Drupal and open source software. Matt served as a political consultant for campaigns and causes, developed online information systems to help connect attorneys in the California Death Penalty defense community, and worked as a researcher at the National Center for SuperComputing Applications, developing communities for online learning. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy, History, Religious Studies, and Political Science and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

WHEN: Tuesday Oct 12, 2010 at 12noon
WHERE: Anthropology Department, Building 50, Room 51A (Main Quad)

GIS Workshops at Berkeley

For anyone interested in learning more about GIS, UC Berkeley’s Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) is offering a series of workshops about geospatial technologies.

An Introduction to GIS workshop is being offered Wednesday, Oct 29 from 9am-noon. The cost is $153 for non-UC affiliates. A course outline is listed below:

Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

* Presentation
o What is GIS?
o Geospatial Data Considerations
o Geoprocessing and spatial analysis
o Data Sources
o Using ArcGIS 9.2
* Interactive
o Finding and downloading spatial data
o Creating a new shapefile
o Simple geoprocessing
o Creating a map for export

The GIF workshop schedule can be found at: