A dreamer. A poet. A goofball. A nerd.
Providence, Rhode Island
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Julie Steele is Director of Communications at Silicon Valley Data Science. She finds beauty in exploring complex systems, and thinks in metaphors. The best part of her day is finding patterns and connecting people who are working on similar problems in seemingly unrelated areas. She is particularly drawn to the visual medium as a way to understand and transmit information. Julie holds a Masterâ€™s degree in Political Science (International Relations) from Rutgers University in Newark. She lives in Providence with her partner and two cats, where she cooks, reads, designs, and practices yoga.
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January 18 2013A couple of months ago, I wrote about the new media and design incubator in NYC, Eyebeam, and the damage they’d suffered in Hurricane Sandy. This week I caught up with Eyebeam executive director Pat Jones to find out what … read more
November 28 2012Thanksgiving has come and gone and many of us are busy preparing for the winter holidays. For most of us, Hurricane Sandy is about to become a footnote to a crazy series of news cycles around the 2012 presidential election. … read more
November 27 2012Tim O’Reilly recently asked me and some other colleagues which technology seems most like magic to us. There was a thoughtful pause as we each considered the amazing innovations we read about and interact with every day. I didn’t have … read more
August 06 2012Last night, I stayed up late to watch the NASA livestream of the Curiosity rover landing. It seems to have been an unmitigated success: each step of the entry and landing process, even that crazy sky-crane maneuver, was performed flawlessly. … read more
February 15 2012Effective data visualizations go beyond aesthetics; they also allow organizations to make quick and correct decisions from massive amounts of information. read more
August 02 2011Managing data and extracting meaning require new approaches, new education, and even a new language. Opera Solutions CEO Arnab Gupta discusses each of these areas in the following interview. read more
March 01 2011BlueCava lets businesses identify devices that are coming to their websites. In this interview, BlueCava CEO David Norris discusses fraud prevention, privacy, and the state of reputation technology. read more
January 26 2011Gnip cofounder and CEO Jud Valeski discusses data markets (and black markets), social media, and real-time data's impact on customer relations. read more
January 13 2011This week, we look at the problem of too much government data, and companies beginning to build air-economized data centers (some in barns!). Plus: a few suggestions for pre-Strata reading on big data. read more
December 16 2010In this edition of Strata Week: Stack Exchange takes their hardware and software in-house; Neflix explains their adoption of AWS and open source; the New York Times maps out survey and census data; and Infochimps acquires Data Marketplace. read more
December 09 2010IA Ventures raises a huge first-time fund; MathJax provides an open source mathematical display engine; Kevin Drum shares 10 statistics pitfalls; and Paul Bradshaw explains how to bring big data down to a human scale. read more
December 02 2010In the latest Strata Week: StatSheet automates short sports articles, BlueCava uniquely identifies devices, ALADDIN implements distributed decision-making, and Needle helps you find just the data you're looking for. read more
November 18 2010Red-R provides a GUI for the powerful statistics of R while Webmine makes HTML handling a breeze in Clojure; the Truthy project looks at suspicious Twitter memes; CouchDB helps provide healthcare in rural Zambia; and Google Refine cleans and sanitizes your datasets with ease. read more
November 04 2010In the latest Strata Week: Yelp makes MRJob open source; CODATA wants to inventory "threatened data"; a visualization untangles a telecom lawsuit; and analytics and a simple fix nets $12 million for Expedia. read more
October 21 2010In this edition of Strata Week: The London Stock Exchange moves from .Net to open source; learn how graphical scales can lie; the Euroean Central Bank president calls for better financial statistics; and we bid farewell to the father of fractals. read more
October 07 2010Get cozy for fall by watching some videos about visualization. First, check out Geoffrey McGhee's documentary about data viz in journalism. Then get a sneek preview of LinkedIn's Career Explorer tool. Catch up on Julia Grace's Web2.0 Expo keynote, and finally, take a look at the future of user interfaces… read more
September 23 2010In this edition of Strata Week: The 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of pi is calculated with an assist from Hadoop and MapReduce; a new technique uses iPads to extrude light paintings across a long exposure shot; Historypin links historical photos to Google Street View shots; and this is the last week for… read more
September 09 2010In this week's data roundup: The LAPD gets ahead of crime with "predictive policing" techniques, Mint shares large quantities of consumer financial data, compression technology patents coming up for auction, FlowingMedia releases a vizualization tool for journalists, and Ellen Miller questions the federal government's commitment to data transparency initiatives. read more
August 25 2010Postmortem visualization may prove to be a crucial tool in shaping tomorrow’s healthcare. In this excerpt from "Beautiful Visualization," Anders Persson of Linköping University explains how digital imaging allows medical practitioners to conduct virtual autopsies without invasive instruments. read more
July 27 2010Sophisticated data acquisition tools give us more geographic data to display than our eyes and minds can easily digest, calling for a careful editing process. In this excerpt from "Beautiful Visualization," Eddie Jabbour explains the trade-offs he made while reinventing one of the most iconic maps in the world. read more
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