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Curate, Organize and Visualize Large Data Collections with TreeMap

Curate, Organize and Visualize Large Data Collections with TreeMap | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"TreeMap provides an easy, yet extremely powerful means of creating beautiful treemaps for analytical and presentation purpose. Importing data from a wide variety of file formats (including of course Excel), as well as connecting to databases (such as MySQL and SQL Server) is a breeze... and it scales to big data." from source: http://www.treemap.com/


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This is another post where I recommend that you scroll down to have a look at Robin Good's great commentary. I can not beat his for details. His Scoop.it site is: http://curation.masternewmedia.org/  Thanks Robin!

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ghbrett's curator insight, July 18, 2013 9:07 AM

This is another post where I recommend that you scroll down to have a look at Robin Good's great commentary. I can not beat his for details. His Scoop.it site is: http://curation.masternewmedia.org/  Thanks Robin!

Jenifer Rettler's curator insight, July 18, 2013 10:15 AM

If you are looking for additional visualization tools for displaying data, TreeMap v. 3.0 offers a classic tree map layout as well as others, like squarified variant, circular, tag cloud and voronoi.

malek's curator insight, July 18, 2013 4:54 PM

Interesting tool, give it a try

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Store, Share and Connect with Your Own Private Cloud: ownCloud

Store, Share and Connect with Your Own Private Cloud: ownCloud | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"ownCloud helps enterprises concerned about sensitive data leakage via Dropbox deliver a secure file sync and share solution on site, on their storage, integrated with their infrastructure and security systems, managed to their policies. The result is an easy-to-use solution that provides complete control over sensitive corporate data." from source: https://owncloud.com


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This is a solution that makes a lot of sense to me. Keeping the curation and management of content locally will allow personal and enterprise installations to share content among their community. 

 

Be sure to read @RobinGoods' comments below that are much more detailed than mine.

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Robin Good's curator insight, February 25, 2013 2:20 PM


If you are looking for a good and safe alternative to Drobox or Box.net here is one: Owncloud is an open source software which you can install on your own web server and which provides you not only with full file storage and sharing capabilties, but also with the ability to connect directly to other file storage services and to run HTML5 apps.


Excerpted from the Techcrunch review: "OwnCloud is a free software suite, written in PHP, that provides file storage, synchronization, and sharing. It provides the same basic features of Dropbox or Box.net."


"The core ownCloud offering is file storage and synchronization. You also get optional contacts and calendar synchronization, if you want to use it. As an open source application, you can install it on any computer you control. This means you know how and where your data is stored, something which existing hosted solutions abstract away from you. Individuals and enterprises can install ownCloud on their own hardware, and define access policies according to their own needs."


"...the ownCloud mobile client can automatically upload pictures taken from your phone."


"...ownCloud can be connected to third-party storage like Dropbox or Google Drive or even an FTP server. These are read-write connections, allowing you to use third-party storage in whatever ways make sense for you..."


"...ownCloud supports HTML5 applications, allowing you to add all sorts of additional functionality. The ownCloud app catalog has dozens of apps."


(Source: Techcrunch)


Overview: https://owncloud.com/owncloud-overview


Download and subscriptions: https://owncloud.com/owncloud-subscriptions


Find out more: https://owncloud.com/







Steve Vaitl's curator insight, February 26, 2013 12:19 PM

Want your own private cloud drive?

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IVMOOC: Information Visualization

IVMOOC: Information Visualization | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

This course provides an overview about the state of the art in information visualization. It teaches the process of producing effective visualizations that take the needs of users into account.


Among other topics, the course covers:
> Data analysis algorithms that enable extraction of patterns and trends in data
> Major temporal, geospatial, topical, and network visualization techniques
> Discussions of systems that drive research and development.

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This course begins next week, but looks to be an interesting overview of Information Visualization and how it can be found and utilized for research, education, and training. It should prove to be worth the time to participate.

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Digital Research Tools

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"This wiki collects information about tools and resources that can help scholars (particularly in the humanities and social sciences) conduct research more efficiently or creatively. Whether you need software to help you manage citations, author a multimedia work, or analyze texts, Digital Research Tools will help you find what you're looking for. We provide a directory of tools organized by research activity, as well as reviews of select tools in which we not only describe the tool's features, but also explore how it might be employed most effectively by researchers. - from source https://digitalresearchtools.pbworks.com/

If you are unfamiliar with some of the jargon, please see our Glossary page.

NOTE: This is an amazing resource for many eLearning tools that are categorized by functional area (e.g., collaboration, use mobile devices, take notes / annotate resources). It is a reference that deserves bookmarking.

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Datavisualization.ch - Selected Tools

Datavisualization.ch - Selected Tools | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Datavisualization.ch Selected Tools is a collection of tools that we, the people behind Datavisualization.ch, work with on a daily basis and recommend warmly. This is not a list of everything out there, but instead a thoughtfully curated selection of our favourite tools that will make your life easier creating meaningful and beautiful data visualizations." from source: http://datavisualization.ch/


NOTE: This site includes pointers to visualization with related images (visualization products). Topic areas include: maps, data, and charts. In effect it is a directory of tools that the staff of Datavisualization use in producing their content. Datavisualization describes itself as: "the premier news and knowledge resource for data visualization and infographics." This page is well done, the information resource for each tool is presented in a novel rotating tile of the image. A worthwhile resource.

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Data Driven Journalism

Data Driven Journalism | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"This website is dedicated to providing anyone interested in getting started with data driven journalism with a collection of learning resources, including relevant events, tools, tutorials, interviews and case studies. The data journalism community and mailing list are dedicated to strengthening the community of journalists, designers, data providers and others, and encouraging collaboration and exchange of expertise.

 

 About our data driven journalism initiative

  The initiative is aimed at enabling more journalists to use data-sets as a source for reporting by providing them with the necessary skills, techniques and tools according to their level of expertise. In order to do so the EJC and its partners will:

  > Provide a series of hands on workshops across Europe and online training sessions with leading data journalists and open data experts to demonstrate how to find, analyse, and create new stories using data-sets.
  > Expand and strengthen an international network of data journalists, designers, developers, and others to encourage collaboration and to exchange knowledge of expertise and best practices with each other.
  > Create a collection of online resources - including interviews, case studies, and tutorials about how data can be used in the newsroom.

 

  If you are interested in partnering with us so as to help achieve these goals or if you have any other inquiries please contact the website editor Liliana Bounegru (bounegru@ejc.net).

 

  This initiative receives partial funding from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science." -- from the Source

 

NOTE: This site is one of the first I have seen that is devoted to the interpretation and re-use of raw data in articles and reports. As we have more and more information produced as statistics, analytics, and raw data, it will become more important to be able to interpret and communicate the content in a meaningfull way for the audience(s).

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The top 20 data visualisation tools | Feature | .net magazine

The top 20 data visualisation tools | Feature | .net magazine | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

c/o Brian Suda: 

"One of the most common questions I get asked is how to get started with data visualisations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practise – and to practise, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, I want to introduce you to 20 different tools for creating visualisations: from simple charts to complex graphs, maps and infographics. Almost everything here is available for free, and some you have probably installed already"
from source: http://www.netmagazine.com/

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ghbrett's curator insight, March 29, 2013 3:08 PM

This is a great article does indeed go from viz tools that are more simple to much more complex tools and data manipulation. They are all worth having a look see. This is especially true with the increase of people producing InfoGraphics that most always include charts or some sort of data visualization.

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NASA - Flagship Initiatives

NASA - Flagship Initiatives | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Nebula is an open-source cloud computing platform that was developed to provide an easily quantifiable and improved alternative to building additional expensive data centers and to provide an easier way for NASA scientists and researchers to share large, complex data sets with external partners and the public.

... Cloud computing is a significant departure from the traditional IT infrastructure model. It will require technical training as well as a shift in how our teams and programs think about IT resources. This shift will require us to change budgeting, procurement, workflow, and our approach toward processing, storing, and accessing data. As a mission-driven Agency that is reliant upon data, we will need to provide adequate education and training to employees and contractors for greater adoption." -from source: http://www.nasa.gov/open/plan/nebula.html

ghbrett's insight:

NASA has often been a leader in education and training using new media and emerging technologies. Here is one more instance of that. It is especially important in that it is an open-source project for a cloud-computing platform for dealing with Big Data. Big Data is another emerging technology that this project will serve as a model for other agencies to adopt. The training materials developed for the project should prove worth while as content and as models for other training programs in organizations and agencies.

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ghbrett's curator insight, February 28, 2013 10:27 AM

NASA has often been a leader in education and training using new media and emerging technologies. Here is one more instance of that. It is especially important in that it is an open-source project for a cloud-computing platform for dealing with Big Data. Big Data is another emerging technology that this project will serve as a model for other agencies to adopt. The training materials developed for the project should prove worth while as content and as models for other training programs in organizations and agencies.

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Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons

Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
"This article, builds up over my recent presentation on Content Curation for Education that I delivered at Emerge2012 virtual conference.

In that presentation I claimed that the adoption of "curation approaches" will directly affect the way competences are taught, how textbooks are put together, how students are going to learn about a subject, and more than anything, the value that can be generated for "others" through a personal learning path.

If we learn not by memorizing facts, but by collaborating with others in the creation of a meaningful collection-explanations of specific topics/issues/events then, for the first time in history, we can enrich planetary knowledge each time we take on a new learning task." -- from source: http://www.masternewmedia.org/
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As we produce more content and multimedia, who is going to clean up after us? Since we have endless storage on site and in many "clouds," there is less need to prune or delete data than ever before. This reviewer remembers having a disk with 26KB storage which needed to be used attentively. This article is one of the better of the emerging topic and related processes of Curating our stuff. Often the metaphor of one's Digital Footprints is raised as a way of describing all the different services, systems, machines, archives, etc., etc. that our stuff is. Oh, and then there are the other pack rats who have copied our stuff and put it into their stashes. Folks, it's time to take a moment to reflect on what we are doing with content, media, and stuff. Then curate by pruning, updating, aggregating, and other such digital stewardship. Finally, as my Father always said, "Don't do as I do, please do what I say." (grin)

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ghbrett's curator insight, December 18, 2012 7:02 PM

As we produce more content and multimedia, who is going to clean up after us? Since we have endless storage on site and in many "clouds," there is less need to prune or delete data than ever before. This reviewer remembers having a disk with 26KB storage which needed to be used attentively. This article is one of the better of the emerging topic and related processes of Curating our stuff. Often the metaphor of one's Digital Footprints is raised as a way of describing all the different services, systems, machines, archives, etc., etc. that our stuff is. Oh, and then there are the other pack rats who have copied our stuff and put it into their stashes. Folks, it's time to take a moment to reflect on what we are doing with content, media, and stuff. Then curate by pruning, updating, aggregating, and other such digital stewardship. Finally, as my Father always said, "Don't do as I do, please do what I say." (grin)

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Syrian Internet Connections Cut for Second Day

Syrian Internet Connections Cut for Second Day | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
"BEIRUT, Lebanon — Activists in Syria reported on Friday that Internet connections were cut for a second successive day, fanning speculation among opponents of President Bashar al-Assad about the government’s intentions in coming days." from the source: http://www.nytimes.com/

 

NOTE: This is another example of recent national internet shutdowns. A reason I worry about Cloud Services like Google, SAAP, MOOCs, Amazons3, Apple iCloud, DropBox, etc., etc. Whether malicious intent, government intervention, or acts of technology or God.

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5 Free Tools for Creating Infographics

5 Free Tools for Creating Infographics | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Generally, people don’t have the time or energy to sit and plow through pages or screens of text; they want to be able to ingest information as quickly and easily as possible. With the recent rise of infographics (information graphics), what used to require an avalanche of stats or analyses to dissect, can now be interpreted and relayed into an easy-to-read, fun, and visually appealing schematic – and an excellent content marketing concept. Infographics, when designed well, can be applied to different online sites and social networks.

Summarized at the article are 5 free tools (with links) that allow you to start creating simple infographics or explore the potential of data visualization...


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Cb Bowman's curator insight, September 10, 2013 12:33 PM

The Tools Needed To Get You Started in Using Infographics