Thursday, January 5, 2017

Data and visualization conferences: Tapestry, NICAR, Malofiej, DH+DJ

As long as I'm finishing that-project-that-should-not-be-named, I've been able to register for several conferences this year. The first two are Tapestry and IRE+NICAR. If you're going to one, you should go to the other, as they take place in consecutive days, and in cities that are very close to each other, St. Augustine and Jacksonville. Tapestry is on March 1, and NICAR is between March 2 and 5.

I've only attended these conferences once, and I really enjoyed them. Tapestry is a small (around 100 people) gathering of data visualization and infographics nerds. IRE+NICAR is a large conference of investigative reporters, data journalists, visualization designers, and programmers. You need to apply to attend Tapestry, but I heard that there's still room, so do it ASAP.

Next, I'm going to the Malofiej International Infographics Summit, in Pamplona, Spain. The 2017 edition, on March 26-31, is the 25th anniversary, so I'm not skipping this one. I began attending Malofiej in 2002, and I've only missed it a couple of times since then.

Finally, at the University of Miami we're doing the second Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium on September 14-16. The first edition was a success, so we've decided that the 2017 edition is going to be bigger (first year was 120+ people; we want 200+ this time) and more affordable ($99 for 2.5 days of awesomeness.)

We have 8 confirmed speakers so far —see them below— and many more will be added to the list soon. Registration will open in early February, but save the dates, as this is going to happen for sure. You can take a look at the draft of the website here (this isn't the final URL.)