Julie Steele

Julie Steele

  • @jsteeleeditor

New York, New York

Areas of Expertise:

  • Python
  • PHP
  • Data
  • Visualization
  • SQL
  • CMSs
  • Gov 2.0
Julie Steele is an editor at O'Reilly Media interested in connecting people and ideas. She finds beauty in discovering new ways to understand complex systems, and so enjoys topics related to gathering, storing, analyzing, and visualizing data. She holds a Master's degree in Political Science (International Relations) from Rutgers University.

Julie also works with topics related to the languages Python, PHP and SQL, and is co-founder of a group of non-programmers learning Python. Julie lives in NYC where she eats, reads, codes, and practices yoga.

How Data Science Is Transforming Health Care How Data Science Is Transforming Health Care
by Tim O'Reilly, Mike Loukides, Julie Steele, Colin Hill
August 2012
Ebook: $0.00

Designing Data Visualizations Designing Data Visualizations
by Julie Steele, Noah Iliinsky
September 2011
Print: $19.99
Ebook: $16.99

Beautiful Visualization Beautiful Visualization
by Julie Steele, Noah Iliinsky
June 2010
Print: $59.99
Ebook: $47.99

Data Marketplaces Data Marketplaces
by Moe Khosravy, Peter Marney, Julie Steele, Ian White, Dennis Yang
March 2011

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Change is hard. Adherence is harder.

March 05 2014

If you’ve ever tried to count calories, go on a diet, start a new exercise program, change your sleep patterns, spend less time sitting, or make any other type of positive health change, then you know how difficult it is … read more

The Challenge of Health Data Security

February 05 2014

Dr. Andrew Litt, Chief Medical Officer at Dell, made a thoughtful blog post last week about the trade-offs inherent in designing for both the security and accessibility of medical data, especially in an era of BYOD (bring your own device) … read more

Health 3.0 is Holistic

January 29 2014

First there was health, which basically consisted of not dying, and also of being able to work and live alone (if need be) and generally function productively. Then there was Health 2.0, in which we added all kinds of gadgets—wrist … read more

Finding the Meaning in “Meaningful Use”

January 22 2014

Ever wonder what the heck “meaningful use” really means? By now, you’ve probably heard it come up in discussions of healthcare data. You might even know that it specifically pertains to electronic health records (EHRs). But what is it really … read more

The democratization of medical science

January 13 2014

Vinod Khosla has stirred up some controversy in the healthcare community over the last several years by suggesting that computers might be able to provide better care than doctors. This includes remarks he made at Strata Rx in 2012, including that, … read more

Mental Health Costs for 18-to-35 Year Olds: The Hidden Epidemic

September 17 2013

This posting was written by guest author Arijit Sengupta, CEO of BeyondCore. Arijit will speak at Strata Rx 2013 on the kinds of data analysis discussed in this post. Much of the effort in health reform in the United States … read more

Denny Ausiello discusses phenotypes, pathways, and stratification

September 13 2013

Last month, Strata Rx Program Chair Colin Hill, of GNS Healthcare, sat down with Dr. Dennis Ausiello, Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, Co-Director at CATCH, Pfizer Board of Directors Member, and Former Chief of Medicine … read more

Big Data and Health Care

September 10 2013

A week or two ago, I got to correspond with Danielle Brooks of Disruptive Women in Health Care about the work I do here at O’Reilly. The following interview is reprinted here with their kind permission. Tell us about your … read more

A bit about Strata Rx: our goals, our content, and you

March 29 2013

After a strong inaugural event in October 2012, Strata Rx is heading into its second year. My fellow chair, Colin Hill, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about and discussing what we’d like to see on the … read more

Making government health data personal again

March 19 2013

Health care data liquidity (the ability of data to move freely and securely through the system) is an increasingly crucial topic in the era of big data. Most conversations about data liquidity focus on patient data, but other kinds of … read more

Not just big data, but better data

January 25 2013

I was honored to chair O’Reilly’s inaugural edition of Strata Rx, our conference on data science in health care, this past October along with Colin Hill. As we’re beginning to plan this year’s event, I find myself thinking a lot … read more

Eyebeam Update: Two months after Sandy

January 18 2013

A 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

After the storm: Putting Eyebeam back together

November 28 2012

Thanksgiving 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

Printing ourselves

November 27 2012

Tim 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

Printing ourselves

November 27 2012

Tim 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

The miracle of a thumbnail image from Mars

August 06 2012

Last 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

Why data visualization matters

February 15 2012

Effective data visualizations go beyond aesthetics; they also allow organizations to make quick and correct decisions from massive amounts of information. read more

Data and the human-machine connection

August 02 2011

Managing 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

Dusting for device fingerprints

March 01 2011

BlueCava 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

Data markets aren't coming. They're already here

January 26 2011

Gnip cofounder and CEO Jud Valeski discusses data markets (and black markets), social media, and real-time data's impact on customer relations. read more

Strata Week: Data centers

January 13 2011

This 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

Strata Week: Shop 'til you drop

December 16 2010

In 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

Strata Week: Running the numbers

December 09 2010

IA 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

Strata Week: Replaced by robots

December 02 2010

In 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

Strata Week: Keeping it clean

November 18 2010

Red-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

Strata Week: Political lessons from data land

November 04 2010

In 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

Strata Week: Statistically speaking

October 21 2010

In 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

Strata Week: Videos and visualization

October 07 2010

Get 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

Strata Week: Grabbing a slice

September 23 2010

In 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

Strata Week: Predictive policing

September 09 2010

In 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

The cut-free autopsy

August 25 2010

Postmortem 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

Redesigning the New York City subway map

July 27 2010

Sophisticated 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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Strata Rx Online Conference: Personalized Medicine
October 05, 2012
In this free online conference we will discuss how Microsoft Research has developed a new version of the Linear Mixed Model algorithm that is not only computationally inexpensive, but also is better at finding the true signals that account statistically...

Webcast: Designing Data Visualizations
September 06, 2011
This webcast will discuss data visualization. Learn linear processes and best practices so that your message may be transmitted without interference.

"If you have any doubts as to how all the medical data you generate can help you down the road, this will get you thinking in a different direction."
--Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings

"The layout of Beautiful Visualization makes navigation easy, with the chapter number, title, and page number all in the footer. “Don’t make it pretty, make it communicate a story about the data” is the actuating tag line that Steele and Iliinsky succeed in sharing."
--Beth Lisberg Najberg, STC Technical Communication

"Includes some genuinely good ideas and is an entertaining read"
--David Conrad, I Programmer

"Anyone working on a modern, data-intensive application will get a plethora of great ideas from this beautifully illustrated tome. "
--Craig S. Mullins, Data and Technology Today