Mapping: From Interesting, to Insightful, to Irrelevant

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Ben Fry (Fathom)
Ballroom EFGH
This is presentation will be streamed live along with the other keynotes.

Location is more than just latitude and longitude. It’s the space and the place of people, objects, and emotions. Ben Fry will talk about the spatial and spacial importance of location in data visualization.

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Ben Fry


Ben Fry runs a software and design consultancy in Cambridge, Massachusetts that focuses on understanding complex data. Fry received his doctorate from the Aesthetics + Computation Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, where his research focused on combining fields such as computer science, statistics, graphic design, and data visualization as a means for understanding information. With Casey Reas of UCLA, he develops Processing, an open source programming environment used by tens of thousands of students, artists, engineers, and scientists. At the end of 2007, he published “Visualizing Data” with O’Reilly. Fry’s personal work has shown at the Whitney Biennial, the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His information graphics have also illustrated articles for the journal Nature, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Seed, and Communications of the ACM.

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