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Tapestry: 1st conference on Data Storytelling in Nashville, organized by Tableau Software


Posted on Tuesday, January 1st 2013

On February 27th, Nashville will be the place to be for Data Storytellers.



Tapestry: 1st conference on Data Storytelling in Nashville, organized by Tableau Software
Of course, Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in the north-central part of the state. The town of Nashville was founded by James Robertson, John Donelson, and a party of Overmountain Men in 1779, near the original Cumberland settlement of Fort Nashborough. It was named for Francis Nash, the American Revolutionary War hero. As the "home of country music", Nashville has become a major music recording and production center. All the Big Four record labels, as well as numerous independent labels, have offices in Nashville, mostly in the Music Row area. Since the 1960s, Nashville has been the second biggest music production center (after New York) in the U.S. As of 2006, Nashville's music industry is estimated to have a total economic impact of US$6.4 billion per year and to contribute 19,000 jobs to the Nashville area… many thanks to Wikipedia for telling me the story of this city. It was as difficult for me to put Nashville on a US map than for an American citizen to put Berlin on a German map!

During one day long, on February 27th, Nashville will become the worldwide capital of data storytelling. Thanks to Tableau Software and its CEO, Christian Chabot, who decided to organize this conference, in the music core of USA.
For this first issue of the Tapestry Conference, it will be an intimate format. Just 100 people will be allowed to participate this event. And I’m proud to be one of them.

The theme of the conference will be “weaving stories and data”. It will be a fantastic opportunity to meet professionals coming from data and storytelling spaces. Keynote speakers will include Jonathan Corum from The New York Times, Robert Kosara from Tableau Software and Scott McCloud, an American Cartoonist. Underlining the links between data storytelling and journalism, the Tapestry Conference is organized with IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors). The Tapestry Conference (Feb. 27th in Nashville) is connected to CAR 2013 (From Feb. 28th to March 3rd in Louisville) and a bus will take Tapestry attendees to CAR if they want to combine both events. CAR is the “Computer-Assisted Reporting” conference. I’m sure this will generate hot debates about role and evolution of journalism connected to data visualization. What are the connections between data journalism and data storytelling? Are journalists storytellers? A long night of discussion around beers wouldn’t be enough to find answers.

From a Tableau Software perspective, the organization of this Tapestry Conference is a way to promote Tableau Software as a standard tool for people who create stories based on data. But not only. Christian Chabot told me last July in Barcelona, during Tableau European conference, that the next Tableau Software product would be a storytelling tool. During the last six months, Tableau Software didn’t speak anymore about this future product; even when Yellowfin announced some weeks ago its own storytelling extension.
We can expect that Tableau Software will use the Tapestry platform to announce some new development and maybe this mysterious new product adding interactive and dynamic storytelling capabilities to Tableau.

If you plan to be in Nashville for Tapestry Conference, please connect to be sure we can shake the hand IRL.

Philippe NIEUWBOURG
I am an independent industry analyst, and author, with 20 years experience specializing in business... Know more about this author

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