Far from the gleaming multiplex cinemas most of us are accustomed to, there are places that can’t afford the printers needed for making movie posters, let alone the legal rights to actually screen blockbuster Hollywood films.
Every Wikipedia entry has an optional feature we take for granted--geotagging. An entry on the Lincoln Memorial will be linked to its specific latitude and longitude in Washington D.C. On any individual post, this may or may not be a useful thing. But what about looking at these locations en masse?
That was a question asked by data viz specialist and programmer Olivier Beauchesne. To find out, he downloaded all of Wikipedia (it’s open-source, after all) then used an algorithm that would assemble 300 topical clusters from popular, related keywords. Then he placed the location of each article in these topical clusters on a map. What he found was astounding...
When will you get your robot butler? When will we first set foot on Mars? These and countless other questions about the future are answered in this amazing chart of where technology is headed in the next 30 years.
Graphs are a visual treat, as they can present complex information in a quick and easy manner. Mostly graphs are used to reveal a trend, compare statistics or they can be even used to establish relationship between two different variables.
There are several types of graphs and each graph has different display properties to represent the data. Based on the information, choose a graph that depicts data in an effective way.
This infographic shares some interesting information about different graph types.
Via Lauren Moss
The world wide web has become significantly more worldwide over the past two decades. By 2010, more than 2 billion people--or about one-third of the global population--had access to the internet, up from something like .05 percent in 1990, and less than 10 percent of users worldwide now reside in the U.S. As seen in this visualization two big trends are evident: the geographical diversification of the web, and China's sudden expansion and global dominance as an internet presence...
Further information explaining these trends comes from Google's public data tool. Take a look at the additional charts at the link--the first shows the relative proportion of internet users by country, and the second shows each country's total number of users.
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When someone retweets you, they have two choices: they can just click the “retweet” link to retweet it, or they can create a tweet that comes from them, and adds a credit line (such as RT @user) in the tweets.
"When I studied architecture, we were taught to think of buildings in terms of their spatial sequence. An artist’s book acts like a building in a lot of ways: it presents façades, allows someone entry and passage through, creates places conducive to certain discoveries and functions. Books and buildings both unfold over time. But unlike, say, a film director, the architect and book artist can’t control the pacing or even the order in which their work is experienced. They create this artifact, which depends entirely on the actions of the reader, or the visitor to the building. I tend to think of my books along those lines–as an open structure to be played with and thought about, rather than read in a linear fashion."
The new maps are based on a novel cartogram mapping technique that gives every person living on this planet the same amount of space, while reducing the least populated places to a minimum. The map projection is calculated from an equally distributed population grid so that, unlike in other cartograms, the transformed grid cells preserve an accurate geographical reference.
An infographic designed by MDG Advertising illustrates the many interesting ways in which social media has played a role in online giving. The average online donation through social media is increasing every year and has doubled in the last five years, lending some support to the charge that nonprofits need to incorporate social media into fundraising campaigns...
Via Lauren Moss