Data visualisation working group – 13 September 2018

The data visualisation working group is an informal gathering hosted at the University of Bristol to discuss new ideas and data vis methodologies, the group meets monthly. If you are interested in participate, sign up to the mailing list by sending a blank email to with the title “subscribe data-visualisation-group” (remember to remove any email signature from the body of the message). The group is also on Yammer (DataViz Working Group) and there is a group wiki.

Below a summary of the meeting on the 13 September 2018:

Thanks to everyone who came along to last week’s Data Visualisation Working Group, and thanks for the really interesting discussion of how visual perception and optical illusions interact with data vis. For those who weren’t able to make it, here’s the link to the TED talk by Beau Lotto that we discussed.

Related to this, we highlighted artist Luke Jerram’s current exhibition “The Impossible Garden” in the University Botanic Garden, a set of experimental sculptures exploring visual phenomena, open until 25th November. Luke will also be delivering this year’s Richard Gregory Memorial Lecture at 6pm on Tuesday 13th November, titled “Exploring the Edges of Perception”.

Thanks too to our presenters. This year we’re introducing a new show-and-tell format, with three-minute lightning presentations. These can be about anything you like, such as a visualisation you’ve seen and liked, a tool you’ve used, a project you’ve been working on or a problem you’d like help with. The idea is that these are low pressure and should require minimal preparation. We think it worked really well, so do let us know if there’s something you’d like to share at a future meeting. Having said that, there’s no obligation to present, so if you’d like to just come along and watch, that’s fine too.

And Harriet presented a data visualisation problem she was approached with recently, and her suggested solution.

We also discussed an upcoming opportunity to influence the data visualisation infrastructure available at the University’s new Temple Quarter site. Do let us know if you’ve seen an exciting data visualisation set-up elsewhere that you’d like to bring to Bristol.

Finally, Polly announced a Tableau workshop she’s arranged for 7 November 2018 10.00-12.00 in the Seminar Room, Beacon House.

Oliver, Harriet, Polly and Nat