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Tapestry 2014 and some Twitter stats using #tapestryconf

on Sat, 03/01/2014 - 08:28
I had the privilege to attend the second edition of the Tapestry Data Storytelling Conference on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in Annapolis, Maryland. Tapestry Conference is a single all-day session with a mix of presentation, discussions and science-fair demos. It brings together recognized leaders from areas of design, academia, and journalism to discuss about data visualization and storytelling.
The event agenda was structured with three keynote speakers  from the major areas – design, academia, and journalism:  Alberto Cairo, Aron Pilhofer, and Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg. It also includes presenters of short stories: Jock Mackinlay, Jon Schwabish, Emma Coats , Santiago Ortiz and Giorgia Lupi. This was a fascinating journey where speakers covered fundamental concepts, principles, comprehensive knowledge and best practices in the space of data visualization, storytelling and journalism followed by interesting sessions of questions and answers. All talks were live-streamed for the convinience of online participants, and slide decks and videos will be available in the Tapestry web site.
The Demo showcase and poster session includes demonstration of products that support data visualizations and storytelling such as The Lyra Visualization Design Environment (VDE), Infoactive and Tableau Public among others.
Many attendees were tweeting about every talk and discussion of the conference and many others followed using the hashtag #tapestryconf on Twitter.  Relevant concepts and key messages from keynote talks and short story presentations were captured in more than 2,100 original tweets and re-tweets published during the sessions. Bellow there is an exploratory data visualization that shows the twitter stats of Tapestry Conference 2014. 

Key findings

  1. From February 25 to 27, 2014 were published a total of 2,198 tweets, 1014 original tweets and 1,184 re-tweets related to Tapestry Conference with the hashtag #tapestryconf.
  2. The visualization shows a high volume of tweets published when Tapestry Conference was on sessions, from 8:30am to 6:00pm EST time on Wednesday February 26, 2014
  3. The timeline of tweets shows the higher number of tweets during the morning sessions with one peak of 506 tweets at 9:00am when Alberto Cairo's talk follows by other peaks that are correlated with specific moments of keynote talks and short story sessions, with lesser values during lunch time with only 40 tweets and afternoon break. The two peaks of tweets in the afternoon ocurred at 2:00pm during Aron Pilhofer keynote presentation and at 4:00pm during Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg keynote presentation.
  4. Priya Kumar @DearPriya was the top one tweeting original tweets with 68 followed by Matt Francis @Matt_Francis with 59 and Alberto Cairo @albertocairo with 58  
  5. Michael Cristiani @mcristia has the high number of total tweets (228), which includes original tweets and re-tweets. This was due to he retweeted 226 original tweets.
  6. Alberto Cairo @albertocairo was the top one influencer of Tapestry Conference according to Twitter data. He was mentioned in 344 tweets. Other influencers were the twitter handler of Tapestry @tapestryconf (140 mentions), Robert Kosara @eagereyes (112 mentions), Santiago Ortiz @moebio (79 metions) and Aron Pilhofer @pilhofer (72 mentions)
  7. If you click on the peak at 9:00am, you will see that there isn't any tweet from Alberto Cairo, because he was busy as keynote speaker at that moment. He started twitting after his presentation. 
Take some moment to play and interact with the visualization, you will be able to see other stories and find asnwers to your specific questions.
Besides the stats presented with the support of the visualization, it is interesting to extract and analyze specific contents from the tweets. I'm almost sure we will be able to make an aide memoire of the conference. 
I hope you like it. 

Tapestry Storify, photos, videos and blog posts by attendees


P.S. The visualization of this article was selected by Tableau Public as Visualization of the Day on March 4th, 2014.

Tableau Public Visualization of the Day, March 4th, 2014

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