Welcome to Revveal!

January 15, 2010

What’s with the name and why the extra ‘v’ you say? I’ll get to that in a moment, but first let me introduce myself. My name is Jason Price and I am passionate about working with all kinds of data to help inform better decision making. I tend to have a tongue-in-cheek style of writing in order to keep things light, so please do not take me seriously all of the time.   Talking about data isn’t always that dry!

I will be using this blog to emphasize the skills, expertise, and tools used to discover, visualize, and interact with data, leading to better understanding.  Better understanding of data leads to more informed decisions – we want to look smart, right?  That said, I will also include posts on the “heavy lifting” aspect too (acquiring, parsing, cleaning, transforming data).  You can’t visualize and interact with data without having it first!

Oh, back to the name…   I thought Reveal was an appropriate name since the definition of the word means ‘to make known; to unveil; to disclose; to show; uncover; make apparent.’   You get the idea.   Working with data is sometimes a very daunting task and it is much easier to understand it when in a visual format.    The extra ‘v’ emphasizes the importance of visualizing data since it is not always apparent what the story tells us when looking at plain old tabular views of data.   Tabular data is sometimes necessary but it is much easier to see patterns, trends, and outliers when in visual format.  Take the following simple example (I promise it will get better than this, it is only my first post).   It takes a couple seconds to determine which project owner has a larger budget in the visual representation.

Discovering the patterns and trends in data is only the start!   You may begin down one path and suddenly question your own thinking when the ‘story’ tells you otherwise.   Always be curious of what the data tells you because your curiosity may lead you to additional questions and answers you may not have even known you had!

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