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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How #Infographics Are Made | #dataviz

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How #Infographics Are Made | #dataviz | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
It’s been said that we’re living in the golden age of data visualization. And why shouldn’t we be? Every move we make is potential fodder for a bar chart or line graph. Regardless of how you feel about our constant quantification, its been a boon for designers who have made some exceptional infographics—and some not…
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A new book from graphic guru and School of Visual Arts professor Steven Heller and designer Rick Landers looks at that the process of more than 200 designers, from first sketch to final product. The Infographic Designers Sketchbook is almost exactly what it sounds like. The 350-page tome is essentially a deep dive into the minds of data designers. Heller and Landers have chosen more than 50 designers and asked them to fork over their earliest sketches to give us insights into how they turn a complex set of data into coherent, visually stunning data visualizations. “You see a lot more unbridled, unfettered work when you’re looking at a sketchbook,” says Heller. “You might be looking at a lot of junk, but even that junk tells you something about the artist who is doing it.”

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The selfish gene | #memes #book

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 MEMES: THE NEW REPLICATORS 

 

"The new soup is the soup of human culture. We need a name for the new replicator, a noun that conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. 'Mimeme' comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like 'gene'. I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate mimeme to meme* If it is any consolation, it could alternatively be thought of as being related to 'memory', or to the French word meme. It should be pronounced to rhyme with 'cream'. 

 

Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation. 

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 MEMES: THE NEW REPLICATORS 

 

"The new soup is the soup of human culture. We need a name for the new replicator, a noun that conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. 'Mimeme' comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like 'gene'. I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate mimeme to meme* If it is any consolation, it could alternatively be thought of as being related to 'memory', or to the French word meme. It should be pronounced to rhyme with 'cream'. 

 

Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation. If a scientist hears, or reads about, a good idea, he passes it on to his colleagues and students. He mentions it in his articles and his lectures. If the idea catches on, it can be said to propagate itself, spreading from brain to brain. As my colleague N. K. Humphrey neatly summed up an earlier draft of this chapter:'... memes should be regarded as living structures, not just metaphorically but technically.* When you plant a fertile meme in my mind you literally parasitize my brain, turning it into a vehicle for the meme's propagation in just the way that a virus may parasitize the genetic mechanism of a host cell. And this isn't just a way of talking—the meme for, say, "belief in life after death" is actually realized physically, millions of times over, as a structure in the nervous systems of individual men the world over.' "

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#Mining the Social Web, 2nd-Edition | #datascience #SNA #tools

#Mining the Social Web, 2nd-Edition | #datascience #SNA #tools | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
Mining-the-Social-Web-2nd-Edition - The official online compendium for Mining the Social Web, 2nd Edition (O'Reilly, 2013)
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Chapter 0 - Preface

 

Chapter 1 - Mining Twitter: Exploring Trending Topics, Discovering What People Are Talking About, and More

 

Chapter 2 - Mining Facebook: Analyzing Fan Pages, Examining Friendships, and More

 

Chapter 3 - Mining LinkedIn: Faceting Job Titles, Clustering Colleagues, and More

 

Chapter 4 - Mining Google+: Computing Document Similarity, Extracting Collocations, and More

 

Chapter 5 - Mining Web Pages: Using Natural Language Processing to Understand Human Language, Summarize Blog Posts and More

 

Chapter 6 - Mining Mailboxes: Analyzing Who's Talking To Whom About What, How Often, and More

 

Chapter 7 - Mining GitHub: Inspecting Software Collaboration Habits, Building Interest Graphs, and More

 

Chapter 8 - Mining the Semantically Marked-Up Web: Extracting Microformats, Inferencing Over RDF, and More

 

Chapter 9 - Twitter Cookbook

 

Appendix A - Virtual Machine Experience

Appendix B - OAuth Primer

Appendix C - Python & IPython Notebook Tips

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#FreeBook : The Field Guide to #DataScience I #bigdata

#FreeBook : The Field Guide to #DataScience I #bigdata | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
Data Science is the competitive advantage of the future for organizations interested in turning their data into a product through analytics. Industries from he…

Via Pierre Levy
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Booz Allen Hamilton created The Field Guide to Data Science to help organizations of all types and missions understand how to make use of data as a resource. The text spells out what Data Science is and why it matters to organizations as well as how to create Data Science teams. Along the way, our team of experts provides field-tested approaches, personal tips and tricks, and real-life case studies. Senior leaders will walk away with a deeper understanding of the concepts at the heart of Data Science. Practitioners will add to their toolboxes.

In The Field Guide to Data Science, our Booz Allen experts provide their

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Start Here for the Basics provides an introduction to Data Science, including what makes Data Science unique from other analysis approaches. We will help you understand Data Science maturity within an organization and how to create a robust Data Science capability. Take Off the Training Wheels is the practitioners guide to Data Science. We share our established processes, including our approach to decomposing complex Data Science problems, the Fractal Analytic Model. We conclude with the Guide to Analytic Selection to help you select the right analytic techniques to conquer your toughest challenges. Life in the Trenches gives a first hand account of life as a Data Scientist. We share insights on a variety of Data Science topics through illustrative case studies. We provide tips and tricks from our own experiences on these real-life analytic challenges. Putting it All Together highlights our successes creating Data Science solutions for our clients. It follows several projects from data to insights and see the impact Data Science can have on your organization.

 

http://www.boozallen.com/media/file/The-Field-Guide-to-Data-Science.pdf

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