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Graphing New Yorkers' Lives Through the Open Data Portal

Graphing New Yorkers' Lives Through the Open Data Portal | visual data | Scoop.it
The I Quant NY blog mines NYC's massive data clearinghouse to visualize issues facing city dwellers, from education to eating.

Ben Wellington is the man behind I Quant NY, a blog dedicated to telling the stories hidden in New York City’s Open Data Portal, a clearinghouse of more than 1,300 data sets from city agencies. Started by the city government in 2011, the open data initiative’s goal is to facilitate government transparency and increase civic engagement.

The blog itself comes out of a stats course Wellington teaches at Pratt Institute’s graduate program for city and regional planning, where he uses these data sets in coursework. Covering everything from gender divides in Citi Bike usage to finding the farthest point away from a Starbucks in Manhattan, Wellington’s larger mission is to get people thinking critically about the numbers that, if analyzed right, can be the key to understanding New York City.

He spoke to CityLab about his blog, his hope for the open data movement, and some of his favorite data sets.

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Analyzing the Top 30 Infographics on Visually

Analyzing the Top 30 Infographics on Visually | visual data | Scoop.it
Ever wonder what makes an infographic successful? Why do some infographics accumulate more than 1 million views and others, barely 100?

We’ve talked about viral infographics before, from a creative process standpoint: the story, data and design of an infographic all play a role in whether it will appeal to the masses, as does the way it is promoted.

But what does viral content have in common? There are more than 16,000 graphics and visualizations on Visual.ly, so comprehensive analysis would take some time. A good place to start is at the very top. Looking at the top 30 pieces of content on the site should yield some clues that will guide more analysis in the future.

The primary statistic used is unique pageviews accumulated since the Visual.ly website launched in July 2011. Each of the top 30 graphics received more than 23,000 unique pageviews. Most of the success of a properly promoted graphic happens within the first week or two of being published, so the length that a particular piece has been on the site will not make a substantial difference in performance here. Also, note that none of the most popular uploads are interactive graphics or videos.

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Big Data Reaches Cosmic Proportions [Infographic]

Big Data Reaches Cosmic Proportions [Infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it
Since the advent of big data, it's been a struggle for some to get a real sense of just how big big data really is. You hear strange terms like "peta," exa" and "yotta"… but what does all that really mean?

When managing massive amounts of data, the scales were talking about can quickly reach astronomical proportions. Recent efforts to quantify big data have produced interesting results. A recent infographic from clearCi is one such effort, outlining the scale of data produced on the Internet each day: 2.5 quintillion bytes of data...


Read further to gain a better understanding of the scale of big data and the potential for future growth...

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The Search For Analysts To Make Sense Of 'Big Data' - NPR

Businesses keep vast troves of data about things like online shopping behavior, or millions of changes in weather patterns, or trillions of financial transactions — information that goes by the generic name of big data.

Now, more companies are trying to make sense of what the data can tell them about how to do business better. That, in turn, is fueling demand for people who can make sense of the information — mathematicians — and creating something of a recruiting war...

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