Mike Bostock

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Mike Bostock
Nationality American
Occupation Software engineer
Employer Observable
Known for D3.js, TopoJSON
Website bost.ocks.org/mike/

Michael "Mike" Bostock is an American computer scientist and data-visualisation specialist. He is noted as one of the key developers of D3.js,[1] a JavaScript library used for producing dynamic, interactive, online data visualizations.[2] He was also involved in the preceding Protovis framework.

Bostock was a PhD student at Stanford University, advised by Jeffrey Heer.[3][4] Until 2015 he was working for the New York Times where he was leading complex data-visualisation projects.[5][6] Also for the New York Times he helped to create interactive articles.[7] He is also an adviser to data transformation platform provider Trifacta.

Bostock was interviewed in the Data Stories podcast and presented at Eyeo 2014.[1] The “Innovation Report” of his employer, the New York Times, called him a "digital superstar"[8] and Edward Tufte predicted that he will become one of the most important people for the future of data visualisation.[9]


  1. ^ "mbostock/d3". GitHub. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  2. ^ Bostock; Ogievetsky; Heer (October 2011). "D3: Data-Driven Documents". IEEE Trans. Visualization & Comp. Graphics (Proc. InfoVis). 17 (12): 2301–2309. doi:10.1109/TVCG.2011.185. PMID 22034350. 
  3. ^ "Mike Bostock". bost.ocks.org. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  4. ^ "Stanford Visualization Group". vis.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  5. ^ Bostock, Mike; Carter, Shan (November 2, 2012). "512 Paths to the White House". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  6. ^ Cox, Amanda; Bostock, Mike; Watkins, Derek; Carter, Shan (November 6, 2014). "The Most Detailed Maps You'll See From the Midterm Senate Elections". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  7. ^ Himmelman, Jeff; Gilbertson, Ashley (October 24, 2013). "A Game of Shark and Minnow". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  8. ^ Piatetsky, Gregory. "Exclusive: Interview with Chris Wiggins, NYTimes Chief Data Scientist". www.kdnuggets.com. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  9. ^ Cookson, Clive (2013-07-26). "Edward Tufte". FT Magazine. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 

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