Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
4:30 - 6:30 pm
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Featured guest: Georges Grinstein, Open Indicators Consortium, and UMass-Lowell
Topic: Launch of the WEAVE ((Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment) platform
Here's a little bit about Georges:
Georges Grinstein is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, head of its Bioinformatics Program, Co-director of its Institute for Visualization and Perception Research, and of its Center for Biomolecular and Medical Informatics. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester in 1978.Here's a little bit about WEAVE:
His work is broad and interdisciplinary, ranging from perceptual foundations of visualization to techniques for high-dimensional visualization, with the emphasis on the modeling, visualization, and analysis of complex information systems.He has over 30 years in academia with extensive private consulting, over 100 research grants, products in use nationally and internationally, several patents, numerous publications in journals and conferences, a new book on interactive data visualization, founded several companies, and has been the organizer or chair of national and international conferences and workshops in Computer Graphics, in Visualization, in Visual Analytics and in Data Mining. He has mentored over 25 doctoral students and hundreds of graduate students. He has been on the editorial boards of several journals in Computer Graphics and Data Mining, a member of ANSI and ISO, a NATO Expert, and a technology consultant for various public agencies.
At the conclusion of our Ethos Roundtable session, we will stroll down the hall to enjoy the good company, charming venue, and free food at the 501 Tech Club, which is generously underwritten by TechFoundation. The 501 Tech Club is the monthly gathering of technology professionals who work with nonprofit organizations.
After two years of development at the University of Massachusetts Lowell supported and guided by eight Founding Members, the Open Indicators Consortium (OIC) will release the code for version 1.0 of the data visualization platform Weave (Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment) free to public and nonprofit users. A hard launch is planned for early 2011, by which time the Founding Members will be showing new websites showcasing Weave's full capacity as expressed by four states, four US regions and many municipal and sub-municipal geographies.
Weave allows a range of users to explore, analyze, visualize and disseminate data on-line from any location at any time. The platform offers multiple levels of user proficiency from novices to advanced researchers, advanced security features, and the ability to integrate, disseminate and visualize economic, social and environmental data and indicators at "nested" levels of geography-from micro to macro.
We will highlight the key aspects of Weave using partner indicator projects examples and others. We will discuss Weave's groundbreaking technologies making it one of the most flexible interactive visualization system.
Partner indicator projects and planning agencies from Arizona, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Atlanta/Metropolitan Atlanta, Boston/Metropolitan Boston, Metropolitan Chicago and Columbus/Central Ohio invested substantial funds to create the Consortium and guide the software development. Together with the UMass Lowell leadership (Georges Grinstein, an internationally recognized expert in analysis and visualization, and William Mass, a leader in the field of regional and industrial economic development), they govern the Consortium, support and shape design priorities and provide continuous testing and feedback to advance Weave's software development.
All Ethos Roundtable attendees are welcome at the Boston 501 Tech Club, and vice versa.
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See you in November!