What are the top 5 libraries for #dataviz?

An explosion in the number of available data sources and data-processing tools means that more people than ever are jumping into the world of data visualization. But with so much to learn, it can be intimidating to know just where to start. So which library is best, and what advice do the pros have?

Read on and find out.


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CFP: Communication Design Quarterly (Fall 2015 special issue)


CFP: Special Issue on Health and Medical Discourses

In today’s often bewildering world of scientific, technological, cultural, and political change, medicine faces human problems and possibilities that transcend traditional academic disciplines. As such, communication about health and medicine is ever more important in shaping our understandings of our cultures, our politics, and ourselves. In an effort to map the changing climate of health care and medical communicationCommunication Design Quarterly invites proposals for a Fall 2015 special issue on health and medicine.

Recent discussions at the intersections of English Studies, communication studies, and technical and professional communication have emphasized the importance of key issues including dissemination, ethics, connections, theory, and methods. Further, scholars have noted the importance of considering how conversations about health care are always already inflected by popular understandings of genetics, disease, and embodiment (Condit; Keranen; Koerber; Scott). This special issue seeks to expand these conversations by contributing to a growing body of collaborative and interdisciplinary work in health, medicine, and society. Submissions may focus on exploring and critiquing communication design concepts and practices that shape our understandings of health and medicine; pathology, disease, and illness; ability, choice, and access; and/or wellness and fitness. We additionally welcome interrogation of tensions between public health and privatized health care, neuroscience and enculturated practice, and reproductive health care and privilege in popular communication as well as investigation of  gendered and racialized patterns of care and their uptake in news media. We are especially interested in submissions that include discussion of interdisciplinary approaches, environmental rhetorics, visual communication, and experiential/embodied knowledges. Further, we are excited to consider proposals for pieces that subvert and transgress the conventions of traditional scholarly articles. Collaborative essays, multimodal works, photo essays, posters, and other alternative media are strongly encouraged.

Potential questions that submissions might address include:

  -  What do evolving definitions of medical rhetoric/health communication  make possible and/or limit?

 -  What are the primary distinctions, contradictions, and connections between humanities-based orientations and social sciences-based orientations to health and medical communication?

  -  What are best practices in the design of health and medical communication?

  -  How do health and medical researchers disseminate their work and what implications do common rhetorical choices in those communications have?

  -  What productive points of confluence in theory and methods work can help to produce more efficient health and medical communication? And for whom must health and medical communication be efficient?

  -  What practices can technical communicators engage in to promote social justice in the contexts of health and medical communication?

  -  How can various approaches to the design of health and medical  communication affect public perceptions of risk and ethical accountability?

  -  What research challenges do health and medical communications
  researchers face?

  -  What roles do the Internet and social media play in health communication?

  -  In what ways have recent political interventions altered the ways we communicate about health and medicine, and what might this mean for future health/medical communicators and practitioners?

Please send article proposals of up to 500 words and a short c.v. to Lisa
Meloncon (Meloncon@tek-ritr.com) and Erin Frost (FrostE@ecu.edu).

Schedule is as follows:

  -  Proposals due:  May 1, 2014
  -  Notifications for full drafts: May 15, 2014
  -  Full drafts due: December 1, 2014
  -  Final revisions due: April 1, 2015

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@6 months ago
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In search of more Presidential Innovation Fellows

The U.S. General Services Administration is now accepting applications for the third round of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. The initiative gives people from outside the federal government an opportunity to work with federal innovators on projects intended to help make the government run better. The three high-impact initiatives of the third round are big data, crowdsourcing, and digital services, and the program will look to tap people who are experts in these areas. Fellows will help create a digital experience that will enable the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide better, faster access to services. They also will assist the government in its effort to make information resources more accessible to the public and usable in computer readable forms, and to encourage the use of data by companies, entrepreneurs, citizens, and others to drive the creation of new products, services, and jobs. In addition, fellows will help the government leverage technology and innovation to engage the public as a strategic partner in solving problems and improving government operations. There will be 14 projects in the three areas, and the application deadline is April 7.

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Product Announcement: Tech Writing Handbook by iFixit



This handbook will teach you how to create everything from manuals to work instructions. We’ll help you avoid the most common pitfalls of tech writing, from poor planning to outdated publishing.


Kyle Wiens, CEO, iFixit

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Full handbook available for free at: http://www.dozuki.com/tech_writing

Some of my students helped create this: http://guiseppegetto.com/teaching/-WCD

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Communication Design Quarterly 2.1 is now available for free at the above link.

Enclosed you will find our first-ever book reviews of new titles in UX design and accessibility, a state-of-the-SIG report by our Chair, as well as research articles on accessible icon design for medical devices and student digital composing as communicative action.

Happy reading!

@11 months ago
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The Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) invites proposals to host its 2015 and 2016 annual conferences.

General information on serving as a local conference host, and submitting a proposal to host a future CPTSC conference, can be found online at http://www.cptsc.org/hosts.html

Specific information on the responsibilities of local conference hosts — and a tentative timeline related to organizing a CPTSC annual conference — can be found online at 
Guidelines on drafting and submitting a proposal to be a local CPTSC conference host can be found online at http://www.cptsc.org/host-proposal-CPTSC.pdf  
Individuals interested in hosting a future CPTSC annual conference — or who have questions on the conference hosting process — should contact CPTSC President Kirk St.Amant at kirk.stamant@gmail.com
@6 months ago

CFP: 2014 Annual Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC)

Call for Proposals

2014 Annual Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC)

September 25-27, 2014

Conference Theme:  Contexts and Connections: Considering Situational Factors Affecting the Structure and the Nature of Programs

Conference Location:University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO


The structure of our programs—the courses they contain, the sequence in which these courses are offered, the requirements for our programs, and who teaches our courses and who makes curricular decisions—all  depend on the local institutional contexts in which these programs operate.  Likewise, where our programs are housed and the connections they have to other entities on campus and in the community add another layer of context to consider. Moreover, greater social, political, and economic contexts can affect—both positively and negatively—the nature and the structure of programs.  As a result of such connections, an understanding of the dynamic and interconnected nature of contexts is essential to identifying and addressing factors that can influence programs in the field.  The 2014 annual conference of CPTSC seeks to explore the factors of context and connections that can affect our programs.

The program committee wishes to invite proposals for presentations that examine how aspects of context and connections – including curricular, programmatic, institutional, disciplinary, social, political, or economic contexts – might be used as a mechanism for thinking about and facilitating program development and program revision. Such factors may be local or global in nature, may influence and be influenced by trends in industry or society, and may result from or drive scholarly research in the discipline. We welcome a variety of perspectives and approaches—historical, pragmatic, empirical, or theoretical—that address the conference theme.

Possible Topic Areas

Suggested topic areas for proposals include, but are not limited to, how different contexts and connections affect current and future aspects of

The CPTSC conference emphasizes discussion and a focus on programmatic issues. The audience includes people from new and established programs and anyone with programmatic interests in technical, professional, and scientific communication. We welcome participants – administrators, faculty, and students – from secondary, community college, or university levels, as well as representatives of industry and non-profit or governmental organizations.

Presentation Formats

Proposals may be submitted for the following kinds of presentations:

Submission Guidelines 

Interested individuals should submit

All proposals should include the following information:

For panel presentations, each member of the proposed panel should submit both her or his name and affiliation and a summary of what she or he plans to present (based on the above guidelines) during her or his segment of the panel session.

All proposals should be submitted as .rtf or .doc files attached to an email message sent to


The subject line of the related email should read “CPTSC 2014 Conference Proposal.”  All proposals will be peer reviewed.

Note: While individuals may submit more than one proposal for consideration, each accepted presenter may give only one presentation at the conference. 

Submission Deadlines

Early Submission Deadline – Proposals received on or before 16 May 2014 will be considered “early submissions” and will receive expedited review and consideration for the conference. 

Regular Submission Deadline – Proposals received on or before 7 July 2014 will be considered a“regular submission” and will undergo a slightly longer review process. 


Individuals who have questions or who wish to discuss proposal ideas are encouraged to contact the 2014 Conference Program Committee at CPTSC2014@gmail.com 

@7 months ago

British Library opens exhibit about the history of science visuals

Check out some of these historical big data artifacts on display in the British Library’s Beautiful Science exhibitIncluded below is a sample image from 1854 plotting cholera deaths. 

William Farr, Report on the Mortality of Cholera in England 1848-49, 1852

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Google Employees Confess The Worst Things About Working At Google (GOOG) 

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