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The Science of Visualization

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In this era of “Big Data,” businesses rely on the accumulation and analysis of raw data to help understand an uncertain environment. Yet the sheer quantity of available information can overwhelm even the most sophisticated data miner. The problem of transforming spools of statistics into decipherable figures is one all too familiar to the world of science. Scientists deal with not only big numbers, but big concepts that require complex modeling and high levels of abstraction.
The International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, created by the National Science Foundation and the journal Science, is an effort to recognize scientific researchers who use visualization to communicate their findings in ways that are accessible to the general public. Since 2003, awards have been handed out annually in a variety of categories, from Photography to Illustrations to Informational Graphics.


With the parallels between science and business in mind, let’s consider some past winners of the challenge and identify how these particular visualizations effectively distill data into an engaging and informative piece of art...


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Fear of poverty: just like it was in 1912?

Fear of poverty: just like it was in 1912? | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Times change, but poverty is always with us, and so is fear of poverty.

 

A Salvation Army-commissioned You Gov poll suggests that Coalition-era British families have precisely the same material worries as their forebears 100 years ago: that they will not have enough cash for food, clothes and a roof over their head.

 

This isn't entirely surprising. I suspect that a poll of ordinary British families in 1812 and 1712 would have pinpinted the same concerns.

 

by Patrick Butler

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