Big Portfolio Update! Kumu Graph

Friday night, 48hrs ago, I only had a landing page. I selected 10 projects that I think are quite representative of my work and built a simple portfolio. I use Squarespace which I love for its simplicity and many functions, but I wanted to spice it up…

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Şerife Wong, created this data visualisation in partnership with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University with support from The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

I started by building the classic pages in the portfolio, but as I was doing that, I was filling a spreadsheet with metadata: each project date, location, tags, people involved and more. The spreadsheet quickly grew.

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I work a lot collaboratively, and it gets really messy. I have always been struggling with complex data visualization, but I really wanted to make sense of the projects I have been doing, and the ones to come.

My friend Şerife Wong from San Francisco recently published an amazing interactive map “AI Ethics & Governance Map” in partnership with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University with support from The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) . I saw she is using Kumu, so I thought, I would test it for a few minutes and see how this goes.

I looked at the documentation, the tips videos, it was very well made, I uploaded some sample data and it was working well. So I made the jump! I am really amazed by the power of this tool. Without coding, it’s possible to visualize a rather large data set of projects, people, organizations!

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After a few trial and errors, I produced my first Kumu map, with a free account. I made sure that I am hosting all my source images optimized on my own FTP server. The data is live on a google spreadsheet that “Public”. Awesome. And guess what, I can even embed the map right here for you to try with an <iframe>:

I really like this tool! And I’m glad I finally got around updating my website portfolio - long overdue!

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Update: Kumu is lovely, but I am looking for a way to update it automatically rather than having to update the table manually - which does not inform me enough. If you have a way to create a graph from notion database links - I'm so interested!