Provisional programme for 2017

IMG_0066From last night’s planning meeting we now have a provisional programme for 2017 and it is quite an ambitious one. What is great from our perspective is that there is a continuation of a number of themes that we have been looking at over the last year and a resurfacing of perennial ones. Highlights include the ‘making and doing’ workshops that have been developed as part of the Echo Chambers and ‘Post-Fact’ Politics programme and the Visualising Data workshops. There are a number of sector and technically specific events but one to watch out for is alternative ways of looking at the world which will be a day of walks, talks and explorations. As always there is a large dose of how data and technology impact on society and much more.

This is a provisional programme and we are looking for as much input as possible (Dates and sessions are subject to change). Please click on the Google Doc and add comments. We are looking for people who can contribute, sponsors, venues and partners.

Link to Google Doc

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Stop making pie charts!

An opinionated guide to the craft of data visualisation

Tuesday 30th June 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Spaceport X
1st Floor
24-26 Lever Street
Manchester
M1 1DZ
More details and directions here

Sign up on Eventbrite here

Don’t let Excel’s default settings ruin your data analysis! Learn insights from research into visual perception and interpretation. Robin Gower will present some great ideas stolen from the likes of Edward Tufte, Leland Wilkinson, and Stephen Few. You don’t need to be a technical user to enjoy the talk but you should be prepared never to look at a pie chart quite the same way again!

Robin is a freelance data engineer http://infonomics.ltd.uk/ and long-term mitherer at ODM (this is your chance to interupt his presentation for a change).

This event kickstarts Open Data Manchester’s visualising data series
We’ve seen a lot of data opened over the past half-decade of Open Data Manchester. With so much available to explore, it’s vital to know about the tools that can help you to manipulate, analyse and understand that data.

To that end, we’re planning a series of technical sessions for the summer for all levels of ability. We’d like to cover tools like:

  • GNU-R: a statistical language and computing environment
  • d3: a JavaScript library for producing dynamic, interactive data visualizations in web browsers
  • IPython Notebooks: an interactive computational environment, in which you can combine code execution, rich text, mathematics, plots and rich media
  • During the evening we’d like to invite people to tell us what they’d be interested in hearing or talking about. We’d also like some help choosing some data issues or particular open datasets to cover.