I have been a fan of Data Stories for a very long time, and therefore I am more than happy to announce that I am joining the team as the new producer of the podcast.
For those who don’t know it: Data Stories is a podcast in which the hosts Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner discuss topics of “data visualization, data analysis and more generally the role that data plays in our lives“. Every other week, an episode is published in which Enrico and Moritz discuss viz-related research, data journalism or design projects with an invited guest. The podcast is an excellent source of information about what is going on in the field, and has provided invaluable input for me in many instances.
What I specifically appreciate is the multidisciplinary approach and perspective of the show, which I believe perfectly matches the patchwork culture of our field, in which many people from a variety of backgrounds converge towards similar topics. Enrico Bertini is an associate professor of computer science and engineering at New York University. For many years now, his research has focussed on effective methods of data visualisation and tools for the exploration of high-dimensional data. As a member of the organizing committee of IEEE vis and one of the editors behind the viz research blog Multiple Views, he has helped shape current debates in viz research rooted in the computer sciences.
Moritz Stefaner, on the other hand, is an independent designer of data visualisation projects, for web-based applications as well as spatial installations. His work comprises both data art as well as applications for large organizations and industry clients, for which he works in flexible collaborative teams. One of his early projects which is still highly influential today is the interactive visualisation and platform for the OECD’s Better Life Index, but there are many many more which can be explored here. While Enrico brings an engineering background, Moritz has studied cognitive science and interaction design.
In the future, I hope to bring some of my historical and humanities-infused knowledge to the mix. I am very excited about this collaboration, and I hope that together we can keep bringing wonderful new DATA STORIES episodes to our audience and deliver food for thought and inspiration. YAY! Let’s kick it, gentlemen!!
PS: Please don’t ask my which my favorite episode is to date. I wouldn’t even know where to start!
PPS: Oh, and by the way – Moritz and Enrico were kind enough to celebrate the new collaboration with an episode about my latest books. It is out today, and you can find it here.