About me & my projects

Hi! Glad you popped up here.

The short history

I am a scientist by background and I’ve been working in data science for many years now. This site works mostly as a collection of my projects.

The longer version

My name is Martina Pugliese, I am a physicist by studies and work in/with data science (since the glorious times it was uncool, the pre-2010s era). I love science, you can read some of my thinking and journey in this old post. On the side, I do hand-drawn data vizs which I share on my newsletter. Since I started it, it has become my primary writing platform, so this blog may not host many posts anymore.

I’m Italian and a great fan of linguistics and languages, some of my research when in academia was indeed about the evolution of natural languages - I’ve done a PhD in Physics with a focus on quantitative Linguistics, which may seem like a weird coupling but it’s actually a very fruitful one: coming from the Physics of complex systems you can apply methodologies and frameworks to other disciplines and help investigate open questions quantitatively. If you want to know more about my research you can have a look at my scientific publications.

For four years I ran, together with some wonderful co-orgs, the Edinburgh chapter of PyData meetup, which has been a dazzling journey - lots learned, lots of fun, many good chats.


All images/photos shown on this blog are mine unless otherwise specified, and credited. In some cases, I’ve used free-to-reuse imagery. My little avatar here on the side was made by my illustrator friend ladyofshalott89.


These are things I’m curating at the moment or perennial works-in-progress.

Doodling Data Cards

Doodling Data is my newsletter (hosted on Buttondown), I create hand-drawn data visualisations and write data stories. I also write about more nerdy/techy stuff.


I regularly speak about data topics, from reflections on the field to technical ones. You can see a list of talks I’ve given on Github.

I’m always happy to help people in regards to speaking in public, as it is something I enjoy doing a lot, pop me a message and I’d be happy to share some tips.