Please join us for the January Data Viz Meetup!

Our speaker this month is Brian Underwood. He is the maintainer of the Neo4j Ruby gems and a former developer advocate for Neo4j. He is currently working at Northwoods helping to build an application to help Child Protective Services case workers extract dark data from their case files. He also recently finished a two-year trip around the world with his wife and son.

The Paradise Papers represent one of the world’s largest data leaks in history: 13.4 million records exposing a system that enables crime, corruption, and wrongdoing, hidden by secretive offshore companies. Over 400 journalist members of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) are investigating the data stored in a Neo4j graph database.

In this talk, Brian will demonstrate how a Neo4j graph database powered this investigation, showing queries and visualizations highlighting the relationships between offshore companies, corporate officers, law firms and addresses. He’ll use the ICIJ app to show you how you too can dive into the data which has been opened up by the ICIJ for the world to investigate. You’ll learn to write basic Cypher queries for finding nodes, relationships, and paths. Attendees are welcome to bring their computers to follow along. You can download the ICIJ app by following instructions from the link below.


6:30-7:00pm == light dinner/networking

7:00-7:10pm == updates/introductions

7:10-8:00pm == presentation/Q&A

Parking in the lot is free!

Please arrive no later than 6:55 as the doors to the building are locked, and we will not be watching the door after this time.

Please only RSVP if you plan on attending as only the first 50 respondents will be able to attend!