How much data is too much data?

I recently had the privilige of presenting to the Dept. Paediatric Urology at Toronto Sick Kids Hospital. They were generally taken with the idea of a new method of presenting but one colleague was concerned that scientific presentations required the presentation of a lot of data and that this technique would preclude such presentation. I hope this answers his question, even if a little obliquely.

Following my time in Toronto I travelled, by train, to meet my parents in Kitchener. We drove from there to their home in Cambridge. Or…

Following my time at Toronto Sick Kids I walked out of the front entrance out onto Elizabeth Street. Turning south, I walked down Elizabeth Street to take a left onto Hagerman Street and the T junction onto Bay Street. I stopped momentarily at the Toronto Old City Hall to admire the clock. Continuing south on Bay I passed Trump Towers, musing on the great man’s haircut, The Toronto Dominion Centre and then turned right onto Front Street. Being early for the train I stopped for a beer in The Loose Moose Grill. I nipped out from the bar and walked back along Front Street to Union Station, descended two flights of stairs and then up another flight of stairs to Platform 5 at which the #207 train was waiting. It left on time and stopped at Bloor, Weston, Etobicoke North, Halton, Bramalea, Brampton, Mount Pleasant, Georgetown, Acton, Guelph and finally arrived at Kitchener. We arrived at Platform No2. We drove from Kitchener to Cambridge on Regional Roads 55, 8, 28 before turning onto 48 and then via Blair and Princes to Newman Road.

Data is important. An audience needs way points to help it navigate. Those should be limited. It is our job to make the journey understandable and limit unnecessary information.




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