Interactive presentations with deck.js

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Data analysis is often an iterative and interactive process. However, when I present about this subject, I feel often limited by the presentation software I use. It doesn't matter if I use LaTeX/PDF, PowerPoint or Keynote. In all cases it is either very difficult or impossible to include interactive charts, such as Flash or SVG charts. As a result I have to switch between various applications during the talk. This can be fun, but quite often it is not.

The other day I came across a presentation by Christopher Gandrud. Christopher had used deck.js, a JavaScript library for building HTML presentations by Caleb Troughton.

This looked like an interesting approach to me and fortunately the learning curve was not too steep, although I am by no means an html or JavaScript expert. So I created my first deck.js presentation based on the content of previous googleVis presentations. For the first time I can embed videos, Flash and SVG charts without using lots of different apps. I am actually quite pleased by the result, see here: Getting started with googleVis


Now imagine a presentation hosted on a server with R installed! You could combine your slides with R using one of the following packages R.rsp, brew, Rook, etc and run live demos, without opening a console.

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  1. The presentation looks great! And thanks for putting together googleVis, it's really useful for teaching.

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  2. It is really interesting, thank you very much!

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  3. Hi all,
    another way to use googleVis chart into a presentation concerne the possibility of combine the solution described at the section 2.4 of vignettes (http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/googleVis/vignettes/googleVis.pdf) with LiveWeb (a helpfull Powerpoint plugin to insert web pages into slides).

    Liveweb works well.

    Further possibility is the use of a visual basic script, but at the moment I do not have try that way.

    Thanks to Markus for googleVis package, great work!

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