Notes from Visualizing Europe event, 14th June 2011

The following post is from Jonathan Gray, Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Last week I participated in an event called Visualizing Europe organised by the folks at visualizing.org in association with the Open Knowledge Foundation and Infosthetics.

There were lots of really interesting talks and demos on data visualisation projects from across Europe and around the world – including from David McCandless of Information Is Beautiful (who worked on some of the original designs for WhereDoesMyMoneyGo.org) and Gregor Aisch of Driven By Data (who is currently working on the new designs for OpenSpending.org).

Gregor’s talk was about the concept of open visualisation – which includes open data, open source visualisation tools and open, collaborative working processes. He also gave a sneak preview of some of the new designs for OpenSpending.org!

The Open Knowledge Foundation is hugely excited about the potential of open data visualisation technologies to help people explore and analyse open datasets. The opportunity here is enormous – especially given the speed of recent developments in this area!

If you’re interested in meeting others interested in using open tools to visually represent open data, you can join our open-visualisation mailing list!

For more about the event you can see photos here, some of the comments on Twitter here and find more blog posts here, here, here and here. We’ll link to further material from visualizing.org as it becomes available!