February 9-11, 2011, San Francisco
Stamen hosted an invitation-only conference on Data Visualization and Cities, to explore both the current state and the near horizons of this up-surging field in a convergence of practitioners in the field, government data and stakeholders, innovators and visionaries.
We mixed formats:
- Stamen designers and developers demonstrating what we’re doing
and where we see things going
- Government cadre and data vis practitioners sharing their recent wins,
goals, and barriers to success
- Panel discussions with people eager and able to identify issues
and debate their solutions
- Workshops comprised of different groups striving for common solutions
This is an exciting time for cities working with data, as the literacy level for visualization appears to be rising by the day, driving growing demand and opportunity for new and interesting ways for people to interact with their digital civic infrastructure. And as the field grows, we’re also experiencing challenges and real questions on the role that cities take in providing the base layer of services and truths that residents and workers can rely on. We’re looking forward to examining these phenomena in a setting where the mutual goal is to make a difference now and build the pathways to more digitally efficient services throughout urban America.
Heather Champ built her first homepage in 1994 and has worked online ever since. Enamored with photography, she created The Mirror Project (1999-2005), a website that celebrated self-portraiture, and cofounded JPG Magazine, the photography magazine made by its community. She recently left her position as Director of Community at Flickr after 5 years. She never leaves home without a camera or three.
Thea Clay is a Program Manager for the MapQuest Open
Data Initiative, an open-source mapping project aimed at
supporting the American OpenStreetMap community and building an open, wiki-style map of the world. At MapQuest, Thea builds collaborative relationships between open
geo-data creators and consumers while working to empower local communities through shared geographic data.
After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Thea lived in
Southeast Asia and worked with NGO’s specializing in documentation, truth
and reconciliation, and community outreach. Prior to joining MapQuest,
Thea worked as a Community Ambassador at CloudMade where she traveled
the country jump-starting OpenStreetMap communities and teaching people
how to map the places they love. Thea made her first map at the age of 11 as part of a volunteer effort to help the Manchaca Fire Department locate
homes in rural Central Texas. She has been obsessed with maps ever since.
When not being a map nerd, Thea can be found plotting world-wide GeoGlitterDomination, searching for the best BBQ restaurants in Texas and hanging out on the internet.
Elizabeth Goodman is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information. Much of her
design practice and research engages with questions of urbanism, computing, and data, most recently through organizing City Centered, a site specific art festival in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood that brought together community organizations and locative media artists. Elizabeth has taught on site-specific art practice, tangible interaction design, and design research at the University of California, Berkeley and the San Francisco Art Institute. She has a masters degree in interaction design from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, and has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and an Intel PhD Fellowship
to support her work.
Adam is the founder of Urbanscale and the author of Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing (2006), the forthcoming The City Is Here For You To Use, and, with Mark Shepard, Urban Computing and its Discontents (2007). Previously Head of Design Direction for Service & User Interface Design at Nokia and Lead Information Architect at Razorfish Tokyo, Adam has also taught at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, a service year program that trains talented tech professionals to help reboot city governments. Previously, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media, and co-chaired the successful Web 2.0 Expo. After graduating cum laude from Yale University, she started her career in the non-profit sector, but soon found herself in the business-to-business technology media world, running the Game Developers Conference. She spent eight years at CMP Media where she led the Game Group, overseeing GDC, Game Developer magazine, and Gamasutra.com; there she also launched the Independent Games Festival and served as Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association.
Derek Powazek has worked the web since 1995 at pioneering sites like HotWired, Blogger, and Technorati. He is the author of “Design for Community: The Art of Connecting Real People in Virtual Places” (New Riders, 2001). He is the cofounder of JPG, the photography magazine that’s made by its community. Derek now works with his wife, Heather Champ, as Fertile Medium. He is Chief of Design for HP’s MagCloud, advises a handful of startup companies, and edits Fray, the quarterly book of true stories and original art. Derek lives in San Francisco with his wife, two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat, and a house full of plants.
Andrew Turner is the CTO of FortiusOne and manages the GeoIQ Platform, a web-based geospatial collaboration and visual analysis platform that leverages crowd-sourced data
from GeoCommons. Andrew is focused on collaboration
around place and location and actively works on developing open data standards and processes for volunteer
communities. He is a member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation, Open-Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and has consulted for the United Nations, World Bank, BBC, and USGS on their integration of implicit and explicit user created content and community analysis. He is also a co-founder of CrisisCommons, a global community of technical volunteers that has supported numerous response events such as in Haiti and Chile.
- Tom Armitage
- Heather Champ
- Kate Chapman
- Thea Clay
- Ted Egan
- Thomas Emge
- Eric Fischer
- Harrison Fraker
- Brian Goebel
- Elizabeth Goodman
- Adam Greenfield
- Frank Hebert
- Jennifer Lee
- Geoff McGee
- Jay Nath
- David Ory
- Jennifer Pahlka
- Derek Powazek
- Tasneem Raja
- Peter Richards
- Jordan Salinger
- Dane Springmeyer
- Andrew Turner
- Rosten Woo
Wednesday, February 9th
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 10th
Eric Rodenbeck, Founder and Creative Director of Stamen
Ted Egan, City of San Francisco
Adam Greenfield, Urbanscale
Derek Powazek and Heather Champ, Fertile Medium
Thea Clay, Mapquest
Friday, February 11th
Aaron Straup Cope, Design Technologist at Stamen
Jay Nath, City of San Francisco
Andrew Turner, FortiusOne
Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America
Elizabeth Goodman, UC Berkeley
2017 Mission Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94110
phone: +1 (415) 558-1610
fax: +1 (415) 651-9485
email: conference (at) stamen.com
These hotels are conveniently located near the heart of San Francisco’s theater district, Union Square, and an easy walk from the Powell Street Bart Station, two stops from Stamen.
386 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94012
550 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
495 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102