[from Fernanda Viégas at Infovis'07]
Robert Kosara organized a panel entitled “The Impact of Social Data Visualization” where he brought together, for the first time, a set of people involved in the emergent field of social data analysis: Ola Rosling, Brent Fitzgerald, Martin Wattenberg, & myself.
Gapminder, Swivel, and Many Eyes were all represented and each one of us shared our perspective on what it means to democratize visualization, set data free, and increase data understanding around the world. To me, the power of the ideas put forth by the panelists and the energy we got back from the audience questions made it the best session at InfoVis this year.
A revolution was in the air and you could feel it in the room.