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Infographics Are Broken... We Can Do Better.

Infographics Are Broken... We Can Do Better. | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics on the web are so bad and so broken. They are everywhere, yet few actually do a decent job of conveying information- some even argue that they are ruining the Internet. They tend to be formulaic and overreaching, often cobbling together too much information instead of focusing on the one or two nuggets that are truly useful. (How much better would most infographics be if they pulled out the most salient chart or set of stats and discarded the rest?)

What publishers need is a better way to create and present visual data. We need a tool to produce well-designed infographics on our own—quickly, efficiently, and cheaply. And not just one-size-fits-all infographics—all kinds of data visualizations, from simple bar charts to interactive maps and timelines...

 

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Open Source Intelligence Meets Real-Time News and Data Curation: SwiftRiver

Open Source Intelligence Meets Real-Time News and Data Curation: SwiftRiver | visual data | Scoop.it

SwiftRiver is a free and open-source intelligence platform that helps people curate and make sense of large amounts of information in a short amount of time.

In practice, SwiftRiver enables the filtering and verification of real-time data from channels such as SMS, email, Twitter and RSS feeds. It's especially useful for organizations that need to sort their data by their unique expectations of authority and accuracy, as opposed to popularity.

 

SwiftRiver allows you to discover, filter and present the information you want.

In SwiftRiver, these are "droplets." For example, common droplets in the river are tweets, Facebook updates, and blog posts. SwiftRiver determines all its attributes- for example, it can determine location, time, author and meaning (in the form of keywords) from a tweet. Once all the droplets are analyzed, you have the ability to filter them from a torrential river to a manageable stream.

 

Types of stories / output formats:

Text
Maps
Timeline
Graphs, Charts, Heatmaps
Gallery: Photos, Video, Audio


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ResumUP.com | Go Visual

ResumUP.com | Go Visual | visual data | Scoop.it
Resum UP is a service for personal data visualization aimed to set a new standard in career management, online and social recruiting.
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New open data platform launches

New open data platform launches | visual data | Scoop.it

Open data is everywhere. However, open data initiatives often manifest as mere CSV dumps on a forlorn web page.

Junar, Lunfardo (Argentina slang) for "to know" or "to view," seeks to help government and organizations take the guesswork out of developing their own software for such efforts.

Their open data platform allows organizations to collect and select their data, publish it, create reports and dashboards, and share their data online. The solution can be hosted or integrated into the organization's website, and the data can be made open or for internal use only. End users can "follow" live data on the site, download it, or embed it. There's also a built in API, so the organization doesn't have to develop one of their own.

Junar looks like it's ready to fill the gap in open data publishing with its soup to nuts approach. With lots of great features and an easy to use interface, it seems like a welcome change to the alternatives...

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Plot.io - Data Visualization made Fast, Fun and Easy!

Plot.io - Data Visualization made Fast, Fun and Easy! | visual data | Scoop.it
Data Visualization made Fast, Fun and Easy!

We are making it ridiculously easy to visualize data and share your insights on the web.

Eavesdrop on our Twitter stream @plot_io for updates. Or drop us an email at help@plot.io.

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Data-Driven Documents

Data-Driven Documents | visual data | Scoop.it

D3 allows you to bind arbitrary data to a Document Object Model (DOM), and then apply data-driven transformations to the document. As a trivial example, you can use D3 to generate a basic HTML table from an array of numbers. Or, use the same data to create an interactive SVG bar chart with smooth transitions and interaction.

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