[Discovery Series talk] Alberto Cairo: Data Visualization - Reasons, Not Rules!


Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 2:00pm to 3:00pm



The Harvard Library and the Digital Scholarship Support Group warmly invite you to the first talk in the 2020-2021 Harvard Discovery Series. Registration is free at this link.

Data Visualization: Reasons, Not Rules!

graphic for the September 16, 2020 discovery series talk Data Visualization Reasons not RulesFor a long time data visualization has been taught as a craft that is based on strict rules (“don't use pie charts!”, “bar graphs should always have a 0 baseline!”).

This talk explains that this strategy is both limiting and misguided. Decision-making in visualization should instead rely on the notion of “reasons,” facts that count toward holding a belief or taking an action — or toward avoiding doing so.

About the Presenter

A headshot of Alberto CairoAlberto Cairo is a journalist and designer, and the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication of the University of Miami (UM). He is also the director of the visualization program at UM’s Institute for Data Science and Computing. He has led information graphics teams at media publications in Spain and Brazil since 1998.

The author of several books such as How Charts Lie (2019) and The Truthful Art (2016), Cairo currently consults with governmental agencies, institutions, and companies such as Google, the European Union, Eurostat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Army National Guard, and many others. He lives in Miami, Florida.

Click here for more information on the Harvard Discovery Series, a monthly presentation series on digital innovations in research and teaching presented by the Harvard Library and the Harvard University Digital Scholarship Support Group.



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