The challenges of visualizing the US Electric Grid

Matej Mavricek will be presenting Visualization Data on the US Electric Grid at our next CDVG meeting on Aug. 29. Matej is a Senior Analyst with Power Switch. This is an energy think tank in Chicago focusing on effective research of the US Energy sector. He has a particular interest in creating some visualizations of the Electric Power Grid. He will discuss his objectives for a visualization and present the data that Power Switch has gathered. Anyone interested in creating visualizations of this data will be able to post them on the CDVG website and solicit feedback from other CDVG members. Matej will also offer feedback on the visualizations created and Power Switch may choose to use the visualizations in their materials. This is a great opportunity to get practice and exposure!

InfoActive (a Chicago infographic startup) wants your help!

InfoActive is a Chicago startup providing an online platform for creating interactive, mobile-friendly infographics. It was one of the startups selected to participate in the Chicago Lean Startup Challenge. I’ve met with Trina Chiasson (founder and CDVG member). She says InfoActive will help people that have “an interest in visualizing data but don’t know where to start, or those who think it’s difficult to create beautiful, data-driven stories.”  If this sounds like you then Trina wants your feedback. Please go to and fill out the interest form. Trina will contact you and your contributions will help another Chicago startup take the next step.  I’m pleased that this one is in the data visualization space.  Hopefully we will see more of Infoactive in the future.  We will check in with her later in the year to talk to her about the data viz startup experience.