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I'm here to talk about the Truth Continuum in Visualization. I am Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami. Ask Me Anything!
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Hi everyone! This is Alberto Cairo. I teach visualization and infographics at the University of Miami. Actually, I have an awkwardly long title: “Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami, and director of the visualization program at UM’s Center for Computational Science.” Try to read that without catching your breath! I’ve written “The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization” (2012) and will publish “The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication” in March 2016. I am a journalist by training and have been an employee of several media organizations in Spain, Brazil, and the U.S. I also work as a consultant. You can follow me on Twitter at @albertocairo and read more about me and my work at TheFunctionalArt.com. I’m here today to talk with you about honesty and integrity in infographics and data visualization, but you can ask me about anything, including topics that aren’t related to graphics. For instance, my first book was not about visualization, but a collaborative essay about the best Science Fiction novels of all time. And my most widely read piece of writing doesn’t deal with visualization, either. It’s the prologue that I wrote for the Spanish edition of the third volume of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series, ‘A Storm of Swords’ (really, if you drop by Spain, get the book and you’ll see my name in the first few pages!) Here’s proof that it’s me.