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Graphing New Yorkers' Lives Through the Open Data Portal

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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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Infographic alert: London 2012 in numbers...

Infographic alert: London 2012 in numbers... | visual data | Scoop.it

Unless you witness the world’s fastest man shattering a world record defying science, a young gymnast inventing a new move or a previous gold medalist refusing to let an injury dictate whether he finishes the race, you may well forget the highlights of the any Olympic Games.

Over the years, it’s been proven that numbers speak louder than gold medals so we’ve put together a few facts from London’s most extravagant event to date.

Ever wondered how many newts were relocated from the Olympic Park or how many meals will be served during the Games? Check out our infographic and learn a fact or two that you can impress people with over the next couple of weeks...

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Graphic Designer Creates A Mathematical Way Of Reading The Alphabet

Graphic Designer Creates A Mathematical Way Of Reading The Alphabet | visual data | Scoop.it

Graphic designer Mark Gonyea, who previously explored a new way of counting, has a new project that gives the alphabet a mathematical reinterpretation. 

‘Letters by the Number’ takes the 26 letters of the alphabet and multiplies them according to their numeric placement. For example, ‘A’ is a single ‘A’ while ‘B’ is two ‘Bs’, and ‘Z’ is a series of 26 interconnected ‘Zs’. 
Gonyea adds visual oomph to the series by having each design correspond to a different color; red numbers can be squared, blue numbers can be divided by three, and orange numbers are multiples of five. 

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Christmas By The Numbers

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Which states produce the most Christmas trees? How many Christmas cards are sent each year? What are some of the most popular traditions? More holiday facts in the infographic...

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