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MIT’s Place Pulse

MIT’s Place Pulse | visual data | Scoop.it

Place Pulse, a sort of rating system for locations within a city, enables pedestrians to form a database of their opinions and findings. More importantly, this project allows participants to share information with those who might have a part in future urban development. Five cities are currently available to rate through Place Pulse: Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, Boston, and New York.

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The Making of an Infographic: Visualizing US/China Trade

The Making of an Infographic: Visualizing US/China Trade | visual data | Scoop.it

Recently our friend Jess created a visually stimulating infographic for Mint.com on US/China trade patterns. As you would imagine the numbers are a little lopsided in favor of China and it’s easy to see this in the clearly detailed sankey diagram and geographic area charts (red denoting imports and green being exports).

Also interesting for all you design folks, is a video Jess put together showing a video capture of the many steps that go into creating such a fine work. Check out the quick video below, then click the infographic at the bottom to see how these two global trade giants compare.

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Information Is Beautiful Awards

Information Is Beautiful Awards | visual data | Scoop.it

The inspiration for this enterprise is simple: the sheer force of creativity in this community... Such great, curious, uncompromising minds.

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Statistical Website’s Emerging Standard

Statistical Website’s Emerging Standard | visual data | Scoop.it

ONS (Office for National Statistics, UK) launched its new website: clean, structured, with visual & interactive elements.
New statistical sites, like Italy’s Istat (August 2011) and now ONS- as well as older ones– like Swiss Stats (Federal Statistical Office FSO) or French INSEE - follow more of a standard based on a navigation by themes.

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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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The Future of Infographics

The Future of Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Now that everyone loves them, early adopters and forward thinkers want to know what is next for the infographic.

Is this just the beginning of a visual revolution, or have they already jumped the shark? This is an important question, especially for those who are making large investments in the medium, such as publishers and marketers.

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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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An Overview of Mapping Tools

An Overview of Mapping Tools | visual data | Scoop.it

An interactive graphic overview on tools, books, researchers in different visualization fields, as well as on key success factors of visualization... 

Clicking on a particular tool, book, person, document, principle or method within a map opens the respective website or homepage in a new browser window or reveals an example.

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Visualizing Databases | Digital Humanities Specialist

Visualizing Databases | Digital Humanities Specialist | visual data | Scoop.it

Summaries and statistics drawn from within the structure of the database are not enough. If there is to be any real grappling with the database as an culturally-embedded construct, then it has to be done in a manner that reveals the data, the model and the population simultaneously.

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luiy's curator insight, March 25, 2013 9:11 AM

I’ve become quite the fan of Gephi, lately, and received a good-natured challenge by one of my colleagues, which went something like, “Why is a everything a network with you, now?”  Obviously, in the case of social network-like phenomena, such as mapping collaboration in the Digital Humanities with the DH@Stanford graph–network theory and network language (whether visual or theoretical) make sense.  Network analytical tools like Gephi are also only a short step away from spatial analytical tools, like ArcGIS, many of which are used to ask questions about geographic networks and not about the kind of continuous data found in topography.

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Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns for the Information Age

Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns for the Information Age | visual data | Scoop.it
What the basis of Buddhism has to do with Jack Kerouac, poverty in Italy and Alice in Wonderland.

Data visualization is a running theme of visual literacy here, and Manuel Lima has been one of its biggest advocates since 2005 when, shortly after graduating from the Parson School of Design, he launched VisualComplexity — an ambitious portal for the visualization of complex networks across a multitude of disciplines, from biology to history to the social web.

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Insights From a LinkedIn Data Designer | Chart.io

Insights From a LinkedIn Data Designer | Chart.io | visual data | Scoop.it

Anita Lillie is a data visualization designer at LinkedIn. Before LinkedIn, she spent time at the Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto for the Data Insight group. Her masters thesis work at the MIT Media Lab (in the Hyperinstruments group) looks at music as data in order to create maps of music libraries.

We had the opportunity to sit down and speak with her about her work and her thoughts about the world of data visualization.

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16 Experts Answer, “What makes a great infographic?”

16 Experts Answer, “What makes a great infographic?” | visual data | Scoop.it

I think a great infographic is an imbalanced equation: the amount of information conveyed is disproportionate to the time it takes the viewer to process it. But this post isn’t about what I think (surprise). It’s about what the brightest minds in design, content and social business think. I shopped the question around, and the following is what 16 of my friends had to say.

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Points of view: Arrows

Points of view: Arrows | visual data | Scoop.it

Arrows are one of the most commonly used graphical devices in scientific figures. In the July 2011 issue of Nature Methods alone I counted nearly 300 instances of arrows; more than half of the figures contain them. Given the widespread use of arrows, it is worthwhile to take a closer look at this privileged class of diagrammatic form and how we might benefit from its use.

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How data is driving innovative journalism

How data is driving innovative journalism | visual data | Scoop.it

Data-driven journalism is emerging as a valuable way of reporting, with government agencies releasing massive amounts of data -- willingly or unwillingly...

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Everything Sings: Making the Case for a New Cartography

Everything Sings: Making the Case for a New Cartography | visual data | Scoop.it
What Ira Glass has to do with atlas antagonism, or what plotting carved pumpkins reveals about place.

The most intimate infographics of all may be maps, those images that tell of our complicated relationships to place, bounded by time. Or at least, this is just one of the interesting arguments made by the book Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas, a beautiful exploration of a small North Carolina neighborhood that also provides a platform for much larger ideas.

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Geo API from Infochimps brings you closer to mapping fun

Geo API from Infochimps brings you closer to mapping fun | visual data | Scoop.it

Mostly because of the popularity of smartphones, location data is all the rage nowadays. You're almost always connected no matter where you are. Rich location data can help provide you a new sense of place, and at the same time, this sort of data can paint an interesting picture of what's going on in your country or around the world. Hence, Infochimps, the one-stop shop for data folk and developers, just announced their new Geo API.

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10 Infographics and Visualization Apps for iOS

10 Infographics and Visualization Apps for iOS | visual data | Scoop.it

As infographics continue to evolve and grow in popularity, so do the different ways we can view them. Infographic specific apps have begun showing up on mobile devices- the functions of these apps include viewing world statistics, infographic design portfolios, company dashboards, creating mind maps, finding new apps and exploring your music collection visually...

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How to Create an Infographic

How to Create an Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics are some of the most passed around pieces of content on the internet. If you browse popular social bookmarking sites like Reddit, Digg or StumbleUpon, you’ll find that infographics are regular staples of their most popular posts.
Infographics get linked to. They get passed around. They generate buzz and they generate readership.

So how do you actually go about creating an infographic?

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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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Photo Stats App will make your iPhone Photo-Life in to an Infographic!

Photo Stats App will make your iPhone Photo-Life in to an Infographic! | visual data | Scoop.it

If you use your phone to take a lot of photos, and you want to see that data visualized, this app is definitely for you...

It uses top Cities, Image Count, Memory Taken, ISO, Shutter Speed, Flash Time of Day to generate stylish infographics which show how, when and where you take your photos.

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DataAppeal: Visualizing Geospatial Data in 3D

DataAppeal: Visualizing Geospatial Data in 3D | visual data | Scoop.it

DataAppeal is a recently launched web-based visualization application which enables users to produce three- and four-dimensional data maps and animations. It is based on concepts emerging from the 2010 book "The Exposed City: Mapping the Urban Invisibles" by Dr Nadia Amoroso who is the site's founder.

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Infographic of Infographics

Infographic of Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics are a relative young medium. But they are already reaching a certain level of maturity and adopting various conventions. This meta-graphic takes a look at various trends, common elements and visual devices that are becoming commonplace. Now that we know what an infographic is, the real question is where will they go next?

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Can Stories Be Data?

Can Stories Be Data? | visual data | Scoop.it
Your numerical data can tell stories, but can stories be data that leads to continuous improvement?   Do numbers only matter?
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Beth Kanter's comment, August 31, 2011 5:16 PM
Thanks for including my post and LOVE your collection
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Spirals for Periodic Data

Spirals for Periodic Data | visual data | Scoop.it

The common wisdom in visualization is that to find periodicity in data, it should be displayed on a spiral whose period the user can control. Repeating patterns are easy to spot on a spiral, and its layout suggests repetition. But are spirals really the most effective way of finding periodic patterns?

Here is an interactive version that lets you compare spirals against a rectangular layout to find out for yourself.

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