Katharine Peace

Katharine Peace

Katharine Peace

After graduating from university with a Mchem degree, Katharine entered the chemical industry but missed the creative freedom and problem solving she had enjoyed during her master’s year. She was considering potentially returning to academic life when she received an email about a Data School Meet & Greet event. Katharine was ignorant to the joys of Tableau prior to attending but found the availability of the software a refreshing change to academia where she felt knowledge can be rendered inaccessible through convoluted language and other barriers. During the application process Katharine discovered the power of data visualization: making knowledge accessible to all. She also discovered that the Data School would provide the opportunity for creative freedom and problem solving she felt her life was missing.

The Final Countdown (Dashboard Week Day 5)

Today our challenge issued by Andy via his blog was as follows: Metrocosm is a great resource for interesting data sets. For their final day of Dashboard Week, DS12 will need to visualize one month of hourly traffic counts at stations across the U.S. There are two...

Dashboard Week Day 4

It’s day 4 of dashboard week and Andy set us the challenge of attaining data from the United States Drought Monitor API and analysing the results.

Dashboard Week Day 3

Today our instructions from Andy were as follows (these are copied verbatim from the original blog post) : The data come from the City of New Orleans Open Data Portal (here). They MUST use the API to get the data. They need to get all data for all years. This should...

Dashboard Week Day 2

It's day two of dashboard week for DS12 here at TIL. If you don't know what dashboard week is then allow me to explain, dashboard week is a week long period during which each cohort member must produce one dashboard and an accompanying blog post daily. Each day of...

Dashboard Week Day 1

The week that is famous for bringing out the best (It’s not uncommon for a DSer to achieve Viz of the Day during dashboard week) and worst (Nick DS10 we’re looking at you) in people at TIL, has arrived.

Finding my creative side – pt.1

Being part of the Data School and training for four months allows you to discover your strengths and weaknesses. If you are struggling to find your creative flair in data visualisation I would highly recommend finding a viz that inspires you and seeing how to can influence your work.

Are you sure you need a dual-axis?

Let’s say that you wanted to have two measure values on one graph and to colour by these measures as well as have lines with different thickness. Prior to last week I thought it would be necessary to use a dual-axis chart for this which was a frustration as this means...

Colouring using a Parameter

In this blog post I will be talking through the steps to making a line chart in which the colour of the line is controlled by a parameter. This can be useful when you want to show all values for context but don't want too many colours and feel a different colour would...

Adding Test Conditions to a Standard Macro

One of the topics covered by DS12 this week has been macros which included learning the difference between standard, iterative and batch macros. We also briefly delved into the world of apps. I wouldn't really consider myself the most tech-savvy person so finding out...