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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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A Carefully Selected List of Recommended Tools

A Carefully Selected List of Recommended Tools | visual data | Scoop.it
When I meet with people and talk about our work, I get asked a lot what technology we use to create interactive and dynamic data visualizations.

At Interactive Things, we have a set of preferred libraries, applications and services that we use regularly in our work. We will select the most fitting tool for the job depending on the requirements of the project. Sometimes a really simple tool is all you need to create something meaningful. On other occasions, a more multifaceted repertoire is needed. But how does one choose the right thing to use? An endless list of every tool available, does not answer that question and a recommendation from a friend is oftentimes more valuable.

That’s why we have put together a selection of tools that we use the most and that we enjoy working with. We called it selection.datavisualization.ch. It includes libraries for plotting data on maps, frameworks for creating charts, graphs and diagrams and tools to simplify the handling of data. Even if you’re not into programming, you’ll find applications that can be used without writing one single line of code. We will keep this list as a living repository and add / remove things as technology develops...

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20 Websites Using Infographics

20 Websites Using Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Here are some awesome examples of how infographics make websites more effective and user-friendy.

 

Infographics include mean maps, diagrams, schemes and other methods of data visualization. Actually, almost any combination of text and graphics could work well, and a successful infographics is the one that makes things clear and easy to understand.

If you think that your website could benefit from infographics, but you need some inspiration before you get started, here are some awesome examples of how infographics make websites more effective and user-friendy.

As you may guess, it takes time and efforts to create infographics that are not confusing, but well organized and informative. So we believe that the more sources of inspiration you have, the better...

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Miso project: make Guardian-style infographics and data visualisations

Miso project: make Guardian-style infographics and data visualisations | visual data | Scoop.it
The Miso project has been launched by our interactive developer team. But it won't just affect developers.

See how it could help your data journalism... Here on the Guardian's data team, we've wanted to help you visualise our data and create new viz styles for a long time. And now, thanks to some great work by the Guardian's Interactive team, that dream has moved one step closer.

This week, developers Alastair Dant and Alex Graul launched the first part of the Miso project. In this piece, Alex explains it is a 'Set of Open Source tools designed to make it faster and easier to create high quality interactive and data visualization content'...

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MetaLayer launches community to make better infographics

MetaLayer launches community to make better infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

MetaLayer, a startup that helps you make visualizations from complex sets of data, has launched a new data community for people to share visualizations they’ve made with its service.

“We want to do to data analysis what Apple has done to computers: Make data so intuitive that anyone can gather insights from tons of data,” said Metalayer Chief executive Chris Burrage in an interview with VentureBeat.

MetaLayer helps you gather insights and make visualizations, also known as infographics, from massive amounts of data on the web. The company has poised itself as the “Photoshop of data,” mainly because you can drag and drop sets of data onto one another to help make sense of datasets with graphs and diagrams, much like adding layers to a Photoshop image. You can import pictures, statistical figures, Twitter feeds, documents, and news feeds into MetaLayer’s dashboard and then analyze them for trends or other insights. Metalayer aims its service at data analysts, non-profits, and journalists who may not have the immense knowledge needed to analyze huge amounts of data, nor the money to pay for a robust system to do it for them...

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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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Spicynodes : Mindmapping of Ideas

Spicynodes : Mindmapping of Ideas | visual data | Scoop.it

It’s also a fresh way to display information for various creative and educational uses, from concept maps, to poetry and art, to new user interfaces and visualizations.


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Applying Visual Storytelling to Website Designs | Onextrapixel

Applying Visual Storytelling to Website Designs | Onextrapixel | visual data | Scoop.it
Throughout history, storytelling has been an important communication tool - it’s how people connect with one another through means of entertainment, education, and even to instill moral values in one another.
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Infographic: The Big Players in This New Era of Video Chatting - The Atlantic

Infographic: The Big Players in This New Era of Video Chatting - The Atlantic | visual data | Scoop.it
Infographic: The Big Players in This New Era of Video ChattingThe Atlantic"With the recent additions of the much talked about Skype/Facebook video chat and Google Hangout, the Internet has been abuzz with video chatting and the 'Alive Web'...
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Infogr.am: Another Web-based Tool For Creating Infographics

Infogr.am: Another Web-based Tool For Creating Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Infogr.am, also a tool in beta, lets you do both of those things and more — perfect for a journalist, blogger or social media editor on a deadline.

The tool is dead simple, and with preset fonts, colors and templates, it’s hard to make something that doesn’t look great. 

Infogr.am has a drag and drop interface that lets you slide elements — charts, quotes, titles, text, images — onto a canvas. They currently have three themes for you to choose from.

The editor view for creating charts lets you manipulate data through a spreadsheet. You can also import your own data as an excel or CSV file. You can create line charts, bar charts, pie charts and matrixes.

You can also upload your own elements like logos and icons if you want to spice it up or add something unique...

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Easel.ly Debutes Online Editor of Infographics

Easel.ly Debutes Online Editor of Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

San Diego-based start-up Easel.ly is offering a beta service that allows lay people to design and implement their own "infographics" via an online editor. The user-based customization of infographics seems to be the next phase after the automatic generation of infographics, and has already been promised by community websites like visual.ly.
For now, easel.ly allows users to drag and drop predefined and uploaded vector images on pre-designed canvases and themes for easy creation and customization of infographics. According to the founders Patrick Alcoke and Neil Harris, all themes have been designed by graphic designers to ensure the highest quality for their users to start with.
The service is currently still in beta and thus free. The editor also resembles more an online vector shape canvas with a library of flashy infographic imagery, than a workable tool that makes the mapping of numerical values to believable shapes more efficient or compelling. Yet, we'll need to see what the future brings....

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Data and visualization blogs worth following

Data and visualization blogs worth following | visual data | Scoop.it

A few years ago, I shared 37 data blogs you should know about, but a lot has changed-some blogs are no longer in commission, and many new blogs have sprung up.

This current and updated list is restricted to blogs that have updated in the past two months and are at least four months old...

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9 Powerful Free Infographic Tools To Create Your Own Infographics

9 Powerful Free Infographic Tools To Create Your Own Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Create infographics, free tools for data visualization and analysis including charts, data visualisation tools, icon archives and more infographics software to start creating your own infographics.

 

A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Infographics:

By presenting information in a compact and creative format, infographics are able to quickly convey knowledge and engage its viewers. Most Infographics are fun to read and provide valuable information.

Important to marketers, submitting unique infographics to the web that have to do with your niche, is one of the best things you can do for online marketing!

Below you will find a set of tools you can use to create your own infographics...

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Data Visualization: 20+ Useful Tools and Resources

Data Visualization: 20+ Useful Tools and Resources | visual data | Scoop.it
There are plenty of cool technologies available to collect and examine data.

Both web and desktop applications have provided some really great interfaces to fall in love with data mining, and with the rise in popularity we have noticed an increased number of infographics created over the past few years.

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Worth Checking Out: 'Visual Complexity' Blog

Worth Checking Out: 'Visual Complexity' Blog | visual data | Scoop.it

VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web. I truly hope this space can inspire, motivate and enlighten any person doing research on this field.


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Web Design Evolution: Two Decades of Innovation [INFOGRAPHIC]

Web Design Evolution: Two Decades of Innovation [INFOGRAPHIC] | visual data | Scoop.it
Here's an infographic that takes you on a tour of web design, starting with its humble beginnings two decades ago, and bringing you up to the present day.
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Killer Infographics by Submit Infographics | Share Your Infographics and Rate Others | Infographic Gallery

Killer Infographics by Submit Infographics | Share Your Infographics and Rate Others | Infographic Gallery | visual data | Scoop.it
Share Your Infographics With Easy Infographic Submission and Rate Others at Killer Infographics, The Best Infographic Gallery Online (#In Visual Data - What would an #infographic representing your company or organization look like?
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