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7 Data Visualization Types You Should be Using More (and How to Start)

7 Data Visualization Types You Should be Using More (and How to Start) | Maps | Scoop.it
Unique data visualizations are more memorable, and add variety for the audience — even the most clear and straightforward visualization types lose their appeal when repeated over and over again. As visual literacy increases in the general population, data visualization designers will need to continually extend their knowledge of and proficiency across a widening range of visualization approaches to grow their skills alongside audience familiarity and expectations. Even more importantly, broad visualization know-how is essential for matching the data visualization type to the data available, the story to be told, and the question being answered.

In this article, I review 7 less-common (though certainly not unheard-of) yet very useful data visualization approaches:

Slopegraphs
Parallel Coordinates
Alluvial Diagrams
Sunbursts
Circle Packing
Horizon Charts
Streamgraphs

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Animated Maps Illustrate the Hell of Bay Area Commuting

Animated Maps Illustrate the Hell of Bay Area Commuting | Maps | Scoop.it
Your hellish commute has never looked so pretty. A new set of animated maps plots the commutes of 3.3 million Bay Area residents commuting to 110,000 destinations.

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Greg's curator insight, September 28, 2014 4:40 PM
The Chinese Government has donated to the UN the Global (Wordwide) Land Coverage at 30 m of resolution. The dataset (http://www.globallandcover.com/GLC30Download/index.aspx) is freely available for any nation for 2000 and 2010.
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If Every State Had an Official Dessert, What Would It Be?

If Every State Had an Official Dessert, What Would It Be? | Maps | Scoop.it
What would America be without dessert? It would be puritanical. It would be boring. It would be healthier, probably. Thankfully for our collective culture, if not our blood sugar levels, America is a land of desserts. Drive across the country, and you’ll find pralines and cookies in every gas station,...

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Emily Bian's curator insight, September 28, 2014 9:40 PM

Yumm... all of this looks so good. This is a cool and funky thematic maps, depicting each state as a dessert. I haven't had some of these state's desserts, but if I ever visit a state, I will be sure to eat one. Texas is the pecan pie, which I'm not very surprised about. I love the map, and the unique choices of food for each state, some of which I have never heard of, such as a Kringle in Wisconsin. But I'm sure it's very good!

Carlee Allen's curator insight, March 22, 2015 3:00 PM

This map shows the spatial extent of desserts and the unofficial desserts of each state. The author describes how only 8 states have an officially recognized dessert as their state dessert, but she explains that there should be much more states that adopt desserts for their state dessert because they are a big part of our life today.

 

I thought that this map was very interesting to look at and to see every state's dessert. I was curious to find out what Texas's state dessert was, and I was surprised to find out that it was pecan pie.

Michael Amberg's curator insight, March 23, 2015 9:20 PM

This easily shows the diversity of cultures in one country, and how each state is unique in its own way.

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What happens when people draw a map of the world from memory

What happens when people draw a map of the world from memory | Maps | Scoop.it
Can you draw a map of the world just from memory? And if you did, how accurate do you think your map would be? Probably not very.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 3, 2014 1:34 PM

Honestly, I don't think I could do much better (although I could nit-pick this to death).

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What happens when people draw a map of the world from memory

What happens when people draw a map of the world from memory | Maps | Scoop.it
Can you draw a map of the world just from memory? And if you did, how accurate do you think your map would be? Probably not very.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 3, 2014 1:34 PM

Honestly, I don't think I could do much better (although I could nit-pick this to death).

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Mercator projection with Africa at the top.... - Maps on the Web

Mercator projection with Africa at the top.... - Maps on the Web | Maps | Scoop.it
Mercator projection with Africa at the top.
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“Very fun interactive here: http://www.jasondavies.com/maps/transition/
(Click ‘pause’ though or you’ll start to get dizzy after a while.)
” (Mercator projection with Africa at the top.

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Comparing Urban Footprints

Comparing Urban Footprints | Maps | Scoop.it

"This is a series of infographics (or geo-infographics) created by Matthew Hartzell, a friend of mine that I met when we were both geography graduate students at Penn State in few years back..."


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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 14, 2014 3:25 PM

This is an interesting way to graph out the urban footprints of various cities from around the world. This also shows how the United States has a number of the largest urban centers in the world. Along the top, New York, Chicago, LA, and Miami are massive compared to cities like Hong Kong. This shows how in the United States there are massive amounts of urban growth. Even in China where their population is one of the worlds biggest, Hong Kong a major city only has 7.1 million. In the United States, for the past century cities have been growing and this graph shows that.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 14, 2014 6:40 PM

These visuals really help to show that the size of a city doesn't necessarily correspond with it's population. Many years ago the trend was the larger the city in turn it would posses a larger population than a physically smaller city. Today this no longer holds true, in fact many smaller cities vastly out populate large sprawling cities. Most of these mega-cities in Asia and Latin America are incredibly over build and densely packed surrounded by miles of slums. 

Edgar Manasseh Jr.'s curator insight, January 22, 2015 7:16 PM

Pretty cool.

 

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Esri staff demonstrate the 3D capabilities of ArcGIS 10.2

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Esri staff demonstrate the 3D capabilities of ArcGIS 10.2.

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Escolha o tipo certo de mapa para a sua reportagem | Guia de Geojornalismo

Escolha o tipo certo de mapa para a sua reportagem | Guia de Geojornalismo | Maps | Scoop.it
Introducão A maioria das bases de dados disponíveis apresenta algum elemento de localização. De acordo com funcionários que trabalham com o portal de dado

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geoinformacao's curator insight, September 30, 2013 2:59 AM

maioria das bases de dados disponíveis apresenta algum elemento de localização. De acordo com funcionários que trabalham com o portal de dados abertos do governo dos Estados Unidos, cerca de 90% de seus dados contêm informação geográfica, variando de nomes de ruas a coordenadas precisas. Neste tutorial, vamos mostrar os diferentes tipos de mapa que você pode usar para transmitir informação e permitir que os usuários interajam e explorem os dados ambientais que você reuniu para sustentar a sua reportagem.

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Map Of Brooklyn Made Entirely Out Of Trash - PSFK - TG Daily

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Map Of Brooklyn Made Entirely Out Of Trash - PSFK
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Artist Jennifer Maravillas is fascinated with cartography. She has painted maps ofLondon, San Francisco and Manhattan.
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Marvelous Maps and Curious Cartography, Part Three

Marvelous Maps and Curious Cartography, Part Three | Maps | Scoop.it

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Making Connections Between the World's Newest and Oldest Maps

Making Connections Between the World's Newest and Oldest Maps | Maps | Scoop.it
An interview with John Hessler, a cartography expert at the Library of Congress and one of the people behind the new book, Map: Exploring The World.

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Telemóveis fornecem mapas da densidade populacional portuguesa quase em tempo real

Telemóveis fornecem mapas da densidade populacional portuguesa quase em tempo real | Maps | Scoop.it
Bastaram registos anónimos de milhões de chamadas móveis para se conseguir cartografar as deslocações dos portugueses no dia-a-dia, ao fim-de-semana ou nas férias. A técnica poderá ser utilizada, por exemplo, em caso de urgência humanitária ou de catástrofe natural, em regiões do mundo onde não existem dados demográficos fiáveis ou actualizados.

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Aerial photos of abstract landscapes transformed into carpets

Aerial photos of abstract landscapes transformed into carpets | Maps | Scoop.it

"Have you ever marvelled at how flat, two-dimensional and generally neat landscapes look when you’re peering out the window of a plane at 30,000 feet? Florian Pulcher certainly has. Ever since he was little he has been drawn to the segmentation of land and how neat and pleasing it is to view from above.

Motivated by this passion he has now created Landcarpet, a collection of rugs inspired by aerial shots of distant fields, hills, waterways and cities."

 


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400 Years of Beautiful, Historical, and Powerful Globes

400 Years of Beautiful, Historical, and Powerful Globes | Maps | Scoop.it
To look at an ancient globe is to look at the Earth as it was seen by the people of another time. It reflects their understanding of the continents and seas, and it captures political divisions that have long since shifted. Even the typography and colors of a globe are indicative of the time and place of its origin, says Sylvia Sumira, a London-based conservator of ancient globes. In her lavishly illustrated new book, Globes: 400 years of exploration, navigation, and power, Sumira traces the history and making of globes and showcases dozens of fine examples drawn largely from the collection of the British Library.

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Emily Bian's curator insight, September 28, 2014 8:49 PM

This is a fascinating article and slideshow showing off old globes, dating back to as old as the 1700's! Each globe is handcrafted and took a long time to make, because as you can tell, there are so many details! There are globes called pocket globes, which are very small, but still hold all the details and intricate art on it. The smallest is only 1.5 inches in diameter. I don't think I can even read anything on that tiny globe! Anyways, take a look at these cool artifact globes!

This relates to Unit 1, because we talked about maps in unit one. Maps are always distorted, while a globe may be accurate. This also shows the different perspectives back in time and how it view of the world has changed.

This is a neat article and slideshow that will help students next year get excited about learning about maps and globes. It's always fascinating seeing something different from what we use today.

1) How to use and think about maps and geospatial data

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What happens when people draw a map of the world from memory

What happens when people draw a map of the world from memory | Maps | Scoop.it
Can you draw a map of the world just from memory? And if you did, how accurate do you think your map would be? Probably not very.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 3, 2014 1:34 PM

Honestly, I don't think I could do much better (although I could nit-pick this to death).

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Now You Can Make Your Own Street View Scenes

Now You Can Make Your Own Street View Scenes | Maps | Scoop.it
Google opens up its mapping functionality to allow for DIY imagery.

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The Geography and Literacy Connection

The Geography and Literacy Connection | Maps | Scoop.it

"What do you think of when you hear the word literacy? Depending on what you teach, chances are geography is not the first thought that comes to mind. But believe it or not, geography and literacy naturally share many similarities. And you can deepen students’ learning in both geography and literacy when they are integrated in the curriculum."


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Ana Melo's curator insight, November 4, 2013 9:41 AM

Geography provides a lot of fundamental knowledge and gives you also a sense of place, which I find very relevant in times of globalization where you belong everywhere and nowhere simultaneously.

Chris Cividino's curator insight, November 8, 2013 12:06 AM

Understanding key terminology in geography is paramount to demonstrating deep knowledge of geographical concepts.

Max Minard's curator insight, March 21, 2015 10:45 PM

In this report, a researcher describes the relationship between geography and literacy on educational terms. When combined, these two very similar topics would provide major benefits to a child curriculum in school giving them a better insight on geography through literary concepts. These certain concepts help kids better recognize relationships within graphs and charts that give valuable geographic information. This article helps prove geography as a field of inquiry based on its relations with other subjects that help enhance the knowledge among the children in any school curriculum. 

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Tutorial de Cartografia Geomorfológica com ArcGIS e ENVI | Anderson Medeiros

Tutorial de Cartografia Geomorfológica com ArcGIS e ENVI | Anderson Medeiros | Maps | Scoop.it
Os mapas Geomorfológicos apresentam, em contrapartida aos demais mapas temáticos, um grau de complexidade maior no sentido da representação dos elementos indispensáveis para a análise Geomorfológica.

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Lançamento: livro Roteiro de Cartografia

Lançamento: livro Roteiro de Cartografia | Maps | Scoop.it

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geoinformacao's curator insight, October 1, 2013 6:40 AM

Devido ao desenvolvimento de novas tecnologias de Geoprocessamento e à construção de mapas, a Cartografia é, cada vez mais, utilizada pelos profissionais como importante ferramenta nas mais variadas atividades como mapeamento de terrenos, monitoramento de incêndios e outras situações que precisam de uma base cartográfica consistente. Nesse cenário, as corretas produções, apresentação e interpretação de mapas são essenciais. 

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All Over the Map: Cartographic Pleasures for World Explorers | The ...

All Over the Map: Cartographic Pleasures for World Explorers | The ... | Maps | Scoop.it
While we can survey every inch of the planet with Google Earth apps on our smart phones and never worry about finding our way with the wonders of GPS, maps still hold allure for the traveler. Across culture and language, ...

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