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The Datavis Tech Stack: Fireside chat & AMA

"Join Mike Bostock, CTO & Co-founder of Observable along with Deepti Srivastava, Head of Product for a Fireside chat about the state-of-the-art in data visualization technology.

At Observable we've been working hard to make it easier for you to think with your data. We have recently released open source software as well as platform and product enhancements all geared towards making it easier to make data visualizations.

Join the discussion as Mike and Deepti talk about the motivations behind our work, where we are headed and answer any questions you may have."


August 3, 2021 | 11:00am -12:30pm

Presenting the Prototypes: Demo Day with Activating Smithsonian Open Access

"From augmented and virtual reality to data visualization and gaming, interactive technology provides opportunities for users around the world to explore online museum collections. Using 2D and 3D digitized assets from the Smithsonian’s Open Access collections, seven teams were recently commissioned by Cooper Hewitt’s Interaction Lab to develop new digital interactions and innovative tools that enable play and discovery with the vast dataset, thanks to the support of Verizon 5G Labs.

In this hour-long webinar, learn about the commissioned projects of the Activating Smithsonian Open Access program and hear directly from the teams who built them:

- Zander Brimijoin presents Art Clock

- Zhizhen (Jerry) Tan presents Art Echo

- Jonathan Lee presents ButtARfly

- Abigail Honor presents Doorways into Open Access

- Mayowa Tomori presents Casting Memories by Loot Merch 

- Jackie Lee presents ScienceVR 

- Jono Brandel presents Writing with Open Access 

Following the webinar, the prototypes will be available to the public for experimentation and exploration.


This free program will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in. Details will be available upon registration. This program will include live closed captioning. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at CHAccess@si.edu or let us know when registering."

Cooper Hewitt | Smithsonian

August 3, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Virtual Artist Talk: Hebru Brantley

"Join multimedia artist Hebru Brantley as he discusses his creative practice and how his narrative-driven works explore the complex themes of power and hope while challenging the traditional view of the hero or the protagonist. Brantley is joined by Tempestt Hazel, curator, writer, and founder of Sixty Inches From Center."

Art Institute of Chicago

August 3, 2021 | 5:00pm - 5:45pm

The Art of Looking

"To celebrate new acquisitions at the National Gallery, Jan Brueghel the Elder's Wooded Landscape with Travelers is the inspiration for this interactive conversation. Join us and share your observations, interpretations, questions, and ideas, and build on your own first impressions to broaden your understanding of this work of art. This session lasts one hour and is completely interactive. National Gallery educators will facilitate the conversation to create an environment for shared learning. These conversations will encourage you to engage deeply with art, with others, and with the world around you as you hone skills in visual literacy and perspective-taking.

This program is free and open to the public and is designed for anyone interested in talking about art. No art or art history background is required. Ages 18 and over.

Due to the interactive nature of this program, sessions are not recorded.

Live captions (CART) are available in some breakout rooms for this program. Please contact looking@nga.gov to request access or for more information."

National Gallery of Art

August 6, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

API Starting Points

"Have you ever wanted to play around with your favorite product or tool's API? Maybe you want to create a unique visualization of your team's work, or pull together data from various tools to tell a more comprehensive story. Maybe you just want to see what an API can do.

We've published a number of templates for popular APIs that make it super quick to get started with them in Observable notebooks. All you need to do is securely set your API keys and you can get started right away!

Join us for a tour of GitHub, Stripe, Figma and AWS APIs and share any ideas you may have for interesting visualizations or helper tools you've wanted to make!"


August 6, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

This Week in Lifelong Learning

A curated selection of learning opportunities happening this week.

All times are listed in (CST).

Only virtual events are listed.

Week of 08/01/21 - 08/07/21


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