Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Event -- From Data to Visualization: Emerging Tools for Research

Please save the date for our next event, on Wednesday, Nov. 12!

When: Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30pm

What: “From Data to Visualization: Emerging Tools for Research” by Jan Johansson and also with Richard Landry

Description: Traditionally, data analysis has required extensive expertise in math and statistics combined with training in complex software applications like SAS, Matlab, and the R programming language. Recently, however, new technologies and services have emerged that make it possible to work with raw data using web applications with simple visual interfaces. These visually compelling tools allow researchers to quickly see and communicate relationships between diverse trends, like the correlation between weather and burglary.This session will include a brief review of the visualizations built into traditional statistical software packages like R and Matlab followed by a demonstration of three new web-based tools applied to three real research topics. The session will conclude with a panel discussion with Richard Landry, CEO of Conquest Systems, a pioneer in creating readily usable data libraries.

Bio: Jan Johansson serves as the Data Librarian of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress. Mr. Johansson joined CRS as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2004. Previously, he worked at JSTOR.org as a user interface designer and as a reference librarian at The New York Public Library. Mr. Johansson has a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan and a BA in political science from Columbia University and is currently studying computational statistics at Georgetown University.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown (Red/ Green/Yellow) or Metro Center (Red/Blue/Orange)

Parking and directions: Click here.

Updated: Please click here to register (and note the new "friend of ASIS&T member" rate). Please register by Nov 10!

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