(Read the post-series-launch NEWS@TheU story here.)
The first Meet a Data Scientist talk held on November, 4, 2020, featured Dr. Cairo, Director of IDSC Visualization, Data Communication, and Information Design; the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism; and an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Management and the Department of Interactive Media. Dr. Cairo has an extensive career in the news industry and has consulted with media organizations and educational institutions in more than 30 countries. He currently works as a consultant for Google and the Congressional Budget Office. Microsoft has called Dr. Cairo a pioneer who’s always been “at the vanguard of visual journalism.” He is the author of several books, including:
- How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter About Visual Information (W. W. Norton 2019)
- The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization (Peachpit Press/Pearson Education 2012), and
- The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication (Peachpit Press/Pearson Education 2016).
He has also written popular articles for numerous publications, such as The New York Times and Scientific American. In 2019, he was named an honorary member of the International Statistical Institute.
In his 11/4 presentation, Dr. Cairo shared the following tips/tools:
- Mike Monteiro’s book “Ruined by Design” (Listen to Mike Monteiro’s speech “The Smallest Sliver of Hope” from the IDSC-hosted Data Intersections 2020 on our YouTube channel.)
- https://twotone.io A tool to create sound from data: open source, free, works on the browser
- https://colorbrewer2.org to make sure visualization can be read by color-blind viewers
- TOOLS he likes for #communicatingdata
- TOOLS he likes for #exploringdata
- TOOLS he likes for #mappingdata