The MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society held it’s Launch event Sept 22-23 to showcase it’s first year in operation.
IDDS works at addressing societal problems by focusing on the intersection of statistics, data science, information systems, and social sciences.
After introductions by MIT President Rafael Reif and IDDS Director Prof. Munther Dahleh, the seminar started with some great talks on the Future of Voting, including remarks by Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com, who gave some behind the scenes glimpses into the polling numbers and methodology for the upcoming Presidential election.
This past weekend, budding data scientists got to try their hand at communicating data through story telling. Less bar charts, more paper and glue. It’s easy to use Excel to create a graph, but is there a better way to grab reader’s attention?
Rahul Bhargava, a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Civic Media, tried to get people thinking about using stories to convey numerical data. Visitors were encouraged to do quick mock-ups of one of three topics. For example, a one-pager gave some statistics showing the rapid rise in the cost of higher education. The images above were some of the results.
The workshop took place at the Idea Hub at The MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Idea Hub hosts a different topic each weekend day.