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Michael "Mike" Bostock is an American computer scientist and data-visualisation specialist. He is one of the co-creators of Observable and 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.

Mike Bostock
OccupationSoftware engineer
Known forD3.js, TopoJSON
AwardsGerald Loeb Award

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] He helped create interactive articles for the New York Times[7] and shared the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Gerald Loeb Awards for Images/Visuals.[8][9][10] 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"[11] and Edward Tufte predicted that he will become one of the most important people for the future of data visualisation.[12]


  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". Retrieved 2015-09-26.
  4. ^ "Stanford Visualization Group". 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. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2013 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". PR Newswire. June 25, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2014 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 24, 2014. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  10. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2015 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 24, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  11. ^ Piatetsky, Gregory. "Exclusive: Interview with Chris Wiggins, NYTimes Chief Data Scientist". Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  12. ^ Cookson, Clive (2013-07-26). "Edward Tufte". FT Magazine. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 2015-09-27.

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