Posted - Mar 16th, 2016

I always enjoy speaking in Boston at the Broad Institute. Zach Leber runs a tight ship, and the audience is smart and a little intimidating. The crowd is different than most TUGs – there are more PhDs in attendance and the venue is beautiful.

The night started with a one-hour informal get-together in the main entrance of the Broad building. I took pictures of some of the machines on display that are used for genome mapping and spent time talking to some of the attendees. Zach told me that it was the largest crowd they have ever had for a meeting (around 200), so I was excited and eager to start.

I added an introductory slide that I credited to Scott Klein of ProPublica, whom I saw present at Tapestry the day before at the Stanley Hotle in Estes Park, Colorado. I’ll be reporting on that event later this week. Scott presented newspaper visualizations from the last several hundred years which were surprising and fascinating.

I finished the main part of my talk but answered questions for an additional 90 minutes. Thank you Boston TUG for an engaging evening of discussion!

Below is my slide deck from the presentation followed by the relevant files:


Here are a few photos from Boston (credit to Zach and other audience members for some of these):