Building a Data Narrative: Discovering Haight Street

Jesper Andersen (Bloom Studios)
Visualization & Interface, Ballroom AB
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Data isn’t just for supporting decisions and creating actionable interfaces. Data can create nuance, giving new understandings that lead to further questioning—rather than just actionable decisions. In particular, curiosity, and creative thinking can be driven by combining different data sets and techniques to develop a narrative around a set of data sets that tells the story of a place—the emotions, history, and change embedded in the experience of the place.

In this session, we’ll see how far we can go in exploring one street in San Francisco, Haight Street, and see how well we can understand it’s geography, ebbs and flows, and behavior by combining as many data sources as possible. We’ll integrate basic public data from the city, street and mapping data from Open Street Maps, real estate and rental listings data, data from social services like Foursquare, Yelp and Instagram, and analyze photographs of streets from mapping services to create a holistic view of one street and see what we can understand from this. We’ll show how you can summarize this data numerically, textually, and visually, using a number of simple techniques.

We’ll cover how traditional data analysis tools like R and NumPy can be combined with tools more often associated with robotics like OpenCV (computer-vision) to create a more complete data set. We’ll also cover how traditional data visualization techniques can be combined with mapping and augmented reality to present a more complete picture of any place, including Haight Street.

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Jesper Andersen

Bloom Studios

Jesper develops experimental online services designed to introduce emotional contexts into online relationships, creating more authentic experiences. He is the co-founder of Bloom Studios, developing novel data interface applications for web and tablet platforms. He is also an accomplished data scientist, working on problems including home valuations for Trulia, credit card fraud for Visa, and social network analysis for Visible Path. Jesper speaks frequently at international technology and design conferences and has appeared in print and broadcast media for projects like Avoidr, Freerisk, and his Foursquare privacy hack. He holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Haverford College and an M.B.A. in Econometrics from University of Chicago.

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