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This App Maps the Unseen Skyline of NYC

While New York City's real estate market continues to enjoy an upward post-recession swing, the process behind rapidly rising buildings leaves many citizens a bit out of the loop. “Too often, these decisions happen behind closed doors and most residents only hear about them once the deal is done," said Margaret Newman, executive director of The Municipal Art Society.


In response to this problem, the Municipal Art Society has released a set of online maps that illustrate where possible development could occur in Gotham. The maps, called "Accidental Skyline," allow citizens to track land that has available development rights and see how it could impact their neighborhood. They are part of a broader project by MAS to work with the city to make regulatory changes that will better protect iconic public spaces.

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iPad App mem:o Is A Simple Data Visualization Tool For Design Lovers

iPad App mem:o Is A Simple Data Visualization Tool For Design Lovers | visual data | Scoop.it

Technology makes it easy to turn the minutiae of our daily lives into useful data sets, but sometimes it feels bleak seeing every experience or memory broken down into pie charts and bar graphs. 

mem:o is a unique visualization tool that takes life-logging beyond spreadsheets by transforming data into striking images influenced by Dutch graphic design.

The app’s look was inspired by the bold shapes and playful colors of graphic design influenced by Werkplaats Typografie (Typography Workshop) and uses a font called Brown that was created by Swiss designer Aurèle Sack to be especially legible. But mem:o isn’t targeted at design nerds only. The app stands apart because of its streamlined functionality and the easy-to-understand charts it creates.


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Infographic: An App That Maps The Web In Real Time

Infographic: An App That Maps The Web In Real Time | visual data | Scoop.it

Mankind loves making maps, and the world wide web, densely interconnected and phenomenally complex, always makes for a nice visual.

Typically these take the form of neon blobs floating against black backgrounds, like frames captured from old Winamp plug-ins, and while they’re always nice to look at, they don’t always do much in the way of helping us understand the massive global network we traverse every day. This latest effort, however, is a little different. Called simply Map of the Internet, it’s as informative as it is beautiful.


The map, which takes the form of a free app for Android and iOS, features 22,961 of the Internet’s biggest nodes--not individual websites, but the ISPs, universities, and other places that host them--joined by some 50,000 discrete connections. The app gives you two ways of surveying it all: geographically, on a globe, or by size, which rearranges the nodes into a loose column of points. Both views are interactive; instead of showing the Internet as a static neon blob, the app lets you explore the neon blob in the round, with all the familiar multitouch gestures. It may not look like the Google Maps app, but it instantly feels like it, which makes exploring the underbelly of the web all the easier...

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Big data analytics on your iPad? There's an app for that...

Big data analytics on your iPad? There's an app for that... | visual data | Scoop.it
Through its new "Visual Analytics" offering, SAS seeks to deliver high-power data crunching through less-expensive hardware. That information then cab be shared through an iPad app.

Big data analytics on your iPad?

Yes, thanks to what SAS calls "Visual Analytics."

Leave it to the business intelligence gurus at SAS - an acknowledged global leader with a swelling customer base and sales now well over $2 billion annually - to make number crunching not only a graphic but simpler and faster with software that can run on less expensive hardware.

"Visually explore data at the speed of sight," SAS says in its announcement.

And to share the knowledge, enterprise users can keep employees in the loop with their iPads thanks to a specially designed app.

What's the need for SAS' latest offering?

As companies deal with more and more data in a variety of forms from an increasing number of sources (thus "big data") such as social media, mobile shopping and ecommerce, figuring out what to do with the information is becoming more daunting...

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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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New in the App Store: Infographics for iPhone and iPad

New in the App Store: Infographics for iPhone and iPad | visual data | Scoop.it

Download for free- if you have a chance to check it out on an iPad, that is definitely the way to go for the best browsing experience, but the iPhone version will give you some mobile eye candy as well.

 

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New MIT Media Lab Tool Lets Anyone Visualize Unwieldy Government Data

New MIT Media Lab Tool Lets Anyone Visualize Unwieldy Government Data | visual data | Scoop.it

DataViva, a project developed in part by Media Lab professor Csar Hidalgo, aims to make a wide swath of government economic data usable with a series of visualization apps.

In the four years since the U.S. government created data.gov, the first national repository for open data, more than 400,000 datasets are available online from 175 agencies. Governments all over the world have taken steps to make data more transparent and available. But in practice, much of that data--accessible as spreadsheets through sites like data.gov--is incomprehensible to the average person.

DataViva offers web apps that turn those spreadsheets into something more comprehensible for the average user. The site, which officially launched last week, has lofty goals: to visualize data encompassing the entire Brazilian economy over the last decade, with more than 100 million interactive visualizations that can be created at the touch of a button in a series of apps. The future of open government isn't just dumping raw datasets onto a server: It's also about making those datasets digestible for a less data-savvy public.

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Data Visualization for Tablets and Touch Screens

Data Visualization for Tablets and Touch Screens | visual data | Scoop.it

At the end of 2012, comScore estimated there were 52.4 million tablet owners in the U.S.; Apple sold another 19.5 million iPads in the first three months of 2013 alone. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some companies, such as Roambi, Tableau, and Bloomberg are starting to offer mobile, touch-aware data visualization apps.


There are plenty of open design questions to work out for touchable data visualization: How to make intuitive gestures that are easy to discover and remember, whether touch may have advantages in data storytelling interfaces, and how to blend gestures into more traditional UI designs, among others.

Not only will tablet usage continue to grow, but other opportunities for museum installations, kiosks, and large-format presentation systems offer plenty of use-contexts to explore data visualization that takes advantage of the full interaction bandwidth afforded by these new displays and devices.

Learn more at the complete article.

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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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Visual Data Tools, Inc. Announces the Mac App Store Release of DataGraph

DataGraph is an innovative, powerful, and user friendly graphing and charting application for Mac OS X. It minimizes the fuss and frustration associated with creating clean and accurate publication quality graphs and charts and is a great companion for Excel, Numbers or any of the big statistical packages. Even if you already have the data in a spreadsheet, it is typically faster to copy the data into DataGraph and graph it there than to use the built in functions of your spreadsheet application.

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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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Infographics App Makes Charts Fun, Easy to Read - RollingStone.com

Infographics App Makes Charts Fun, Easy to Read - RollingStone.com | visual data | Scoop.it
Those who adore visual illustrations that present data as colorful and easy to read images now have the opportunity to nerd out with dozens courtesy of new iPhone and iPad apps...
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