Data visualizations and apps that rely on open data have become popular tools in the past few years. Data visualizations are wide ranging, from maps of traffic fatalities or wind patterns to diagrams of the atmosphere or infographics showing how urban sprawl affects our health. The ability of data visualizations to communicate complex information in a fun and accessible way has made them good tools for explaining data to a broad audience. The rise of open data – data made freely available to everyone without any copyright restriction – has spurred the creation of tools like DataParis, which maps the secrets of the French capital using open data and metro lines.
Via Irina Radchenko