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This Is the World on Flickr: A Photo Documentation Map

This Is the World on Flickr: A Photo Documentation Map | visual data | Scoop.it
A map from the Oxford Internet Institute reveals the geographical distribution of billions of photos uploaded to the popular image-sharing site.

Individually, each of those photos shows us something, some flash of a moment on this Earth. All together, they show us something else, a planet pulsing—unevenly—with photo documentation...

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matthew keenan's curator insight, November 24, 2014 8:03 PM

As both a photographer and a student of geography this map is highly interesting.  With each dot representing locations on the planet that have corresponding images in Flickr.  The map is significant for two main reasons, firstly it is a great example of population density and human patters.  Secondly, this image is telling of the ability to capture the earth and share its people and cultures across the globe.  The accompanying story raising an interesting point, "Individually, each of those photos shows us something, some flash of a moment on this Earth. All together, they show us something else, a planet pulsing—unevenly—with photo documentation."  This photo documentation is the writing of art works and the documenting and curation of global cultures.  Being able to access these images allows one to not only read art, and read images, but also read and access different cultures and people.  


The images one posts can be viewed as singular works of art for people to read and interpret and engage with as they may.  However, when taken as a whole set of images, Flickr is the story of the planet being written daily by thousands of authors in the form of billions of images.  Flickr is a giant curated book of visual history and a visual story of shared cultural experience.


When thought of from that context digital tools like Instagram and Flickr are an important cultural and historical resource that allows us to read the world through the visual but also allows us to add to the content and write our own stories within a larger one.

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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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