Here is the full transcript of data scientist Ben Wellington’s TEDx Talk: Making Data Mean More Through Storytelling at TEDxBroadway conference. This event occurred on February 23, 2015 in New York.
Ben Wellington – TRANSCRIPT
Hi everyone, as it says, I am Ben Wellington, and I am a data story teller. A data story teller.
If you had asked me a year ago what a data story teller was, I would probably say I have no idea. So today, I am going to tell you about my journey over the last year, where I have accidentally became a data story teller. I’ll tell you about what I learned along the way, and maybe convince some of you that you too can be data story tellers if you are curious and want to.
A little about my background. First, I work at an investment and tech company called Two Sigma where I do data science. So that is sort of one part of my world. But I also married an urban planner, so I’ve got my computer science and the urban planning world, and for most of the time, these two sections of my life have been pretty separate, and that was just the way it was.
Until something interesting happened here in NYC, in 2011, then Mayor Bloomberg signed this legislation called the Open Data Laws in New York. The Open Data Laws are really exciting for people like me because it takes data that is inside City Government, and suddenly allows anyone to look at it. Whereas before the government would analyze something and tell us, “Hey, this neighborhood has this many accidents,” now we can see data point by data point what is happening at a very local level.