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Digitally Mapping Brazil’s most important monument

Digitally Mapping Brazil’s most important monument | visual data | Scoop.it

Digitizing Brazil’s most important monument is no small feat. Located atop the 700 meter Corcovado Mountain the Christ the Redeemer statue towers over Rio de Janeiro, at 38 meters of height and with a 28 meter arm span. Traditional 3D scanning technologies are unuseable due to the size and location of the statue, the difficult accessibility and challenging weather conditions.

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A Visual History of Computing [Infographic]

A Visual History of Computing [Infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it

Exactly 70 years ago this month the world’s first electronic programmable digital computer was created. It was called Colossus and was engineered in the UK by code breakers working during the Second World War

Computers and their uses have changed significantly over the past 70 years – primarily government machines quickly proved their worth in the business landscape, and more recently they have become commonplace in homes too.

Akita, a London IT support company has produced a large interactive page and infographic to showcase the developments in technology. It can be viewed in full here: http://www.akita.co.uk/computing-history/ or as a static image at the link.

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3-D Data Visualization: How State of the Art Technology Enhances Research

3-D Data Visualization: How State of the Art Technology Enhances Research | visual data | Scoop.it

For graduate student Deven Vignali, the three-dimensional data visualization center at Montana Tech has made his life easier.

He’s using the $60,000 state-of-the-art software and tracking system to conduct research for his master’s thesis, proving that passive seismic acquisition techniques can be used to monitor geo-thermal resources, as in hot springs.

It’s the fastest high-performance computing system within Montana academia, said Jeff Braun, head of the Tech computer engineering and software engineering departments.

The system has 10 teraflops of theoretical speed and 1.5 terabytes of memory. Translation: It is equal to between 200 to 400 times the memory of a typical home laptop computer.

That’s why, compared to a regular desktop, the 3-D center greatly reduces research time.

Additionally, Vignali has used only 5 percent of the program’s capabilities, so it has a lot more to offer...

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Biggest Interactive Wall in the U.S. Invites Visitors To Touch It

Biggest Interactive Wall in the U.S. Invites Visitors To Touch It | visual data | Scoop.it

The latest addition to the Cleveland Museum of Art is an interactive wall display—the biggest in the US—that merges art and technology. 

Gallery One is a dynamic and evolving piece of wall art created by forward-thinking design firm Local Projects—is the first of its kind to encourage engagement from museum-goers. 
Measuring 40-feet in length, this multi-touch screen is the largest in the US and is capable of displaying over 3,500 items—including masterpieces by Pablo Picasso. 
Synced with an iPad app, the wall guides visitor through the art and provides multiple perspectives on the collections. 

Learn more about this cutting-edge new exhibit in a short video at the article link...

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Big Data Right Now: 5 Open Source Technologies

Big Data Right Now: 5 Open Source Technologies | visual data | Scoop.it

Big Data is on every CIO’s mind this quarter, and for good reason. Companies will have spent $4.3 billion on Big Data technologies by the end of 2012.
But here’s where it gets interesting.

Those initial investments will in turn trigger a domino effect of upgrades and new initiatives that are valued at $34 billion for 2013- over a 5 year period, spend is estimated at $232 billion. What we’re seeing right now is only the tip of a gigantic iceberg.


Read the original article for a closer 'look at five new technologies that are shaking things up in Big Data- the newest class of tools that you can’t afford to overlook...'

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Visualization of the Week: The Evolution of the Web

Visualization of the Week: The Evolution of the Web | visual data | Scoop.it

This week's winning visualization goes to Hyperakt, Vizzuality and members of the Google Chrome team. The web today is a growing universe of interlinked web pages and web apps, teeming with videos, photos, and interactive content. What the average user doesn't see is the interplay of web technologies and browsers that makes all this possible...

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The Internet Of Things: Every Device That Connects Us [Infographic]

The Internet Of Things: Every Device That Connects Us [Infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it

When trying to piece together the devices that we use to connect to each other, it’s easy to see that it’s going to take a piece of paper the size of Texas to feature them all. Even if we manage to do so, we will be far from connecting them all in whatever way they use the Internet. So what do we do? Well, we do it anyway, and on a computer of course. Intel put together a really interesting infographic that lines up all the devices that we use to connect to each other.

For the first time, we can get a clear view of how the technological infrastructure was built and to what extent it reaches out. As you can see, the numbers represented get multiplied with each major technological milestone, and it’s easy to see that we’re heading for something really interesting in the future. Whatever it will be that will beat the Internet will be major, and even though I can’t imagine what that will be right now, it’s still exciting to know that we always come up with something to beat the previous technology. What do you think will be the next big thing in technology that will top the Internet?

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Unlocking Big Data with R

Unlocking Big Data with R | visual data | Scoop.it

The explosion of big data has caused far-reaching ripples in the enterprise. Organizations today are faced with unprecedented challenges in sorting, processing and analyzing their data, which has in turn given rise to a new generation of technologies.

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12 Stunning Infographics on Education, Technology & Social Media

12 Stunning Infographics on Education, Technology & Social Media | visual data | Scoop.it

In the last 10 years, technology has begun to play an increasingly larger role in education. In the last 5 years, social media and portable digital devices have been reshaping the way we learn. What is the role of technology in education? Are there drawbacks to this recent shift in social learning?

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The Potential Of Big Data

The Potential Of Big Data | visual data | Scoop.it

The amount of digital data in our world has been exponentially groaning in just a few short years. This infographic done in collaboration with Get Satisfaction, looks at how big data has the potential to become the next frontier for innovation, competition and profit.

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Video: How ‘augmented reality’ will make boring cities beautiful | SmartPlanet

Video: How ‘augmented reality’ will make boring cities beautiful | SmartPlanet | visual data | Scoop.it
One of the most sophisticated demos of augmented reality to date transforms a drab model cityscape into a colorful, bustling metropolis...
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On View> Talk to Me at MoMA

On View> Talk to Me at MoMA | visual data | Scoop.it

Talk to Me explores the subject of communication between people and their environment, highlighting the role of the designer in imagining and establishing these connections. Through a diverse selection of objects and conceptual work, the exhibition examines designs that engage users, including information systems, visualization design, communication devices, and interfaces, like the QR code mowed into a field in Bernhard Hopfengärtner’s project Hello World!, above.

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30 Simple Tools For Data Visualization

30 Simple Tools For Data Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it
Need a simple tool to create a fantastic data visualization? Here are 30.

There have never been more technologies available to collect, examine, and render data. Here are 30 different notable pieces of data visualization software good for any designer's repertoire. They're not just powerful; they're easy to use. In fact, most of these tools feature simple, point-and-click interfaces, and don’t require that you possess any particular coding knowledge or invest in any significant training.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 20, 2014 9:55 AM

Love the colors, great tools.

Anne Pascucci, MPA, CRA's curator insight, July 21, 2014 9:47 AM

Nice resource

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Origins of Common UI Symbols | Visual.ly

Origins of Common UI Symbols | Visual.ly | visual data | Scoop.it

They are road signs for your daily rituals—the instantly recognized symbols and icons you press, click and ogle countless times a day when you interact with your computer. But how much do you know about their origins?

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Here's What Wi-Fi Would Look Like If We Could See It

Here's What Wi-Fi Would Look Like If We Could See It | visual data | Scoop.it

Wi-fi. It's all around us, quietly and invisibly powering our access to the world's information. But few of us have a sense of what wi-fi actually is, let alone what it would look like if we could see it. Artist Nickolay Lamm decided to shed some light on the subject. He created visualizations that imagine the size, shape, and color of wi-fi signals were they visible to the human eye. 

"I feel that by showing what wi-fi would look like if we could see it, we'd appreciate the technology that we use everyday," Lamm told me in an email. "A lot of us use technology without appreciating the complexity behind making it work."  

To estimate what this would look like, Lamm worked with M. Browning Vogel, Ph.D., an astrobiologist and former employee at NASA Ames. Dr. Vogel described the science behind wireless technology, and Lamm used the information to create the visualizations.

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6 Illuminating Big Data Infographics

6 Illuminating Big Data Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Is Big Data still a big mystery to you? 

In recent years, the volume of information coming into companies has exploded, so that many IT organizations are dealing with extremely large sets of data. 

IT leaders are rethinking many aspects of how they manage and deliver information, from investments in infrastructure and analytics tools to new policies for organizing and accessing data so they can deliver more of it, faster. They are concerned that if they don't have the right tools and architectures to deal with all that information, then big data can be a big problem. Check out these infographics on Big Data to see the impact...

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Aurélia-Claire Jaeger's curator insight, January 21, 2013 2:28 AM

Et en plus, c'est beau !

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, January 21, 2013 10:46 AM

The ability to access and translate BIG DATA will hold the possibility of making teams more successful.  What is IT doing to make it happen?

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How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything

How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything | visual data | Scoop.it
An exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world's best accurate maps.


Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to queries but hidden from view. The deep map contains the logic of places: their no-left-turns and freeway on-ramps, speed limits and traffic conditions. This is the data that Google uses to navigate you from point A to point B.

Last week, Google showed me the internal map and demonstrated how it was built- the first time the company has let anyone see how the project it calls GT, or "Ground Truth," actually works.

Google opened up at a key moment in its evolution. The company began as an online search company, but then the mobile world exploded. Now, where you're searching from has become almost as important as what you're searching for. Google responded by creating an operating system, brand, and ecosystem that has become the only significant rival to Apple's iOS.

And for good reason. If Google's mission is to organize all the world's information, the most important challenge -- far larger than indexing the web -- is to take the world's physical information and make it accessible and useful...


Read the entire article for a fascinating look at how Google utilizes mapping systems, geo data, mobile technology, and visual representation to manage massive amounts of data from varying sources, including one of the most important to the success of Google Maps- human intelligence.

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Envisioning the Future of Technology

Envisioning the Future of Technology | visual data | Scoop.it

Long Now Research Fellow Stuart Candy brought to our attention this visualization, which shows projections of what sorts of technologies will be available in the future, how soon, and how important they will be. It was created by London-based designer Michell Zappa, who leads a ‘technological trend bureau’ called Envisioning Technology. Their website explains that they seek to describe “where society is inexorably heading in the near future.”

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Top Tech Trends of 2011 | The Big Picture

Top Tech Trends of 2011 | The Big Picture | visual data | Scoop.it

Via Socialrati, we get this graphic of the tech trends of the past year...

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2011 T0P0L0G1ES : nicolas maigret

2011 T0P0L0G1ES : nicolas maigret | visual data | Scoop.it

The exhibition T0P0L0G1ES brings together works dealing with issues of perceptible representations of digital data, by exploring the connections between concrete space and immaterial spaces of information.

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Mapping Big Ideas: BIGVIZ

Mapping Big Ideas: BIGVIZ | visual data | Scoop.it
200 pages of world-changing thinking, or what a sheep and a dog have to do with universal compassion.

When two of our favorite ideas — TED and data visualization — converge, it’s a beautiful thing. Naturally, we’re all over BIGVIZ — an ambitious effort by the fine folks at Autodesk, who took it upon themselves to visualize the entire 2008 TED conference.

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Marketing across connected devices: How to do it - Memeburn

Marketing across connected devices: How to do it - Memeburn | visual data | Scoop.it
MemeburnMarketing across connected devices: How to do itMemeburnThere is further evidence in this infographic from iStrategy, even though it is from 2 years ago that mobile device usage contributes to overall internet usage.
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Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 R2 Analytics & Data Visualization | Object Called

Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 R2 Analytics & Data Visualization | Object Called | visual data | Scoop.it
Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 R2 Analytics & Data Visualization Master the Next-Generation Business Intelligence Tools in SQL Server 2008 R2 (New tech posting, Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 R2 Analytics & Data Visualization -
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