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TNB Roundtable: Weave for nonprofits - a free data visualization platform

Deborah Elizabeth Finn, Tech Networks of Boston

Friday, February 28, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EST)

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) hosts roundtables every other Friday afternoon. These are informal discussions and presentations, on a wide range of topics of interest to TNB's staff, nonprofit clients, and friends.

 Our featured speaker on February 28th will be Georges Grinstein, who is a professor of computer science at UMass Lowell, the leader of the Weave data visualization platform project, and a returning featured guest at the TNB Roundtable.  He will be joining us on the 28th to update us on new features of Weave that nonprofits can use. 

 Weave is a free tool that is used by many mission-based organizations, including the Boston Foundation and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, for both the Boston Indicators reports and the MetroBoston DataCommon.

 Here's what Georges says about this TNB Roundtable session: 

"You will see a description of an open source platform  that can help anyone analyze and evaluate through visualizations, disseminate, and share visualizations with others, and learn about a growing community of users." 

Here's a little more about Georges himself: 

Georges Grinstein is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, head of its Bioinformatics Program and Director of its Institute for Visualization and Perception Research.  He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester in 1978. 

His work is broad and interdisciplinary, covering the perceptual and cognitive foundations of visualization, very high-dimensional data visualization, visualization theory, and applications of visualization. In all the emphasis is on the modeling, visualization, and analysis of complex information systems. 

He has over 35 years in academia with extensive consulting, over 250 research grants, products in use nationally and internationally, several patents, numerous publications in journals and conferences, a book on interactive data visualization, founded several companies, been the organizer or chair of national and international conferences and workshops in Computer Graphics, in Visualization, and in Data Mining. He has given numerous keynotes and 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.  

For the last eight years he has co-chaired the IEEE VAST contests in visual analytics leading to new research areas. He has developed and taught Radical Design, a course focused on how to develop radical new products instead of evolutionary ones. He is a member of the Homeland Security Center CCICADA, and directs the development of Weave, an open source web-based interactive collaborative visual analytics system (see iWeave.org). 

Please note that session will not be a sales pitch for any product or service, except in the sense that TNB and Georges would really like nonprofit organizations to learn how to take advantage of a free resource!  The TNB Roundtable series is an educational opportunity for nonprofit professionals to learn along with their peers from other organizations. 

We hope that you can join us for a lively conversation! Please respond to this invitation, to let us know whether you'll be attending.  We are running a very popular series in a very small conference room, so a definite YES or NO is real help to us.

 Best regards from Deborah

Deborah Elizabeth Finn | Senior Strategist
Tech Networks of Boston
1 Wadleigh Place | South Boston, MA 02127
617.504.8188 | 888.527.9333 Fax
deborah@techboston.com | techboston.com

Have questions about TNB Roundtable: Weave for nonprofits - a free data visualization platform? Contact Deborah Elizabeth Finn, Tech Networks of Boston

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Friday, February 28, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EST)


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Deborah Elizabeth Finn, Tech Networks of Boston

Tech Networks of Boston helps mission-based organizations in Greater Boston enhance their effective use of information technology. Our services include IT strategic planning and assessment services, IT services management, project management, data integration, software development, web design, systems engineering, training, deskside support, and 24/7 support services including end-user support, remote server monitoring and emergency onsite service.

In addition to providing IT Services, Tech Networks of Boston engages with nonprofits in the Boston area. Our initiatives include our Roundtable events and our IT Community of Practice. These groups provide nonprofit professionals and consultants with networking and professional development opportunities.

TNB is also a leader in service to the community. We contribute financially and through hands-on work. Our partnerships include talent development with the Shriver Job Corps, protecting our climate with the Climate Action Business Association, and promoting nonprofit fundraisers through our Boston Charity Events newsletter and website. Participating generously and responsibly in our local, business, client and world communities are a core value of TNB.

Tech Networks of Boston is a Massachusetts Benefit corporation and a Certified B Corporation, underlining our commitment to serving triple bottom line values of "People, Planet, and Profit". Our mission is to enable organizations to use innovative and effective tools to serve human needs.

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