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Graphing New Yorkers' Lives Through the Open Data Portal

Graphing New Yorkers' Lives Through the Open Data Portal | visual data | Scoop.it
The I Quant NY blog mines NYC's massive data clearinghouse to visualize issues facing city dwellers, from education to eating.

Ben Wellington is the man behind I Quant NY, a blog dedicated to telling the stories hidden in New York City’s Open Data Portal, a clearinghouse of more than 1,300 data sets from city agencies. Started by the city government in 2011, the open data initiative’s goal is to facilitate government transparency and increase civic engagement.

The blog itself comes out of a stats course Wellington teaches at Pratt Institute’s graduate program for city and regional planning, where he uses these data sets in coursework. Covering everything from gender divides in Citi Bike usage to finding the farthest point away from a Starbucks in Manhattan, Wellington’s larger mission is to get people thinking critically about the numbers that, if analyzed right, can be the key to understanding New York City.

He spoke to CityLab about his blog, his hope for the open data movement, and some of his favorite data sets.

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The 30 data viz blogs you can't miss | Visual Loop

The 30 data viz blogs you can't miss | Visual Loop | visual data | Scoop.it

As data visualization expands its reach – through the rise of Massive Online Courses, the countless events and, most significantly, the interconnection between different disciplines and knowledge fields that produce inspiring works and innovative projects -, it’s only natural that the number of folks writing about it keeps rising.

There are literally hundreds of interesting blogs out there, covering all the aspects surrounding the production of quality, effective data visualizations.

Visit the link to find a collection of resources and interesting projects that give a pretty good idea of how vast and rich the data visualization community is...


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Nathalie Prinet-Houairi's curator insight, December 18, 2013 5:02 AM

Data visualization is now critical. My favorite of those blogs are Storytelling with data, and Ilovecharts (quite funny although not necessarily business related)

Nobuyuki Kawagashira's curator insight, January 8, 2014 8:15 PM

We can learn data visualization news from other bloggers.

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, February 15, 2014 2:54 AM

A great library of visualization tools and practices...

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Can you trust an infographic?

Can you trust an infographic? | visual data | Scoop.it

A pictorial display of statistics, the infographic is a huge hit in the internet age.

But as one on rape figures has recently shown, they can be highly misleading.



A picture apocryphally speaks a thousand words, but its 21st-century counterpart – the infographic – often says much less. It's no surprise that the grabby and easily shared format has taken off in the internet era, and thlatest graphic to go viral is one on a tough and complex problem: rape and criminal justice...

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Most Popular Design Blogs by Twitter + Facebook Followers [infographic]

Most Popular Design Blogs by Twitter + Facebook Followers [infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it
Computers Infographics popular design blog, blog, blog design, facebook, twitter.

TechKing published before an infographic with the most popular web design blogs and their followings on both Twitter and Facebook. Now they decided to update that data visualization and see where those same blogs stand today...

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great post
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Should You Make That Infographic?

Should You Make That Infographic? | visual data | Scoop.it
Infographics and data visualization are more popular than ever these days, and on the flip side of this trend is the fact that for each amazing piece that gets published, there is at least one that… well, should never have seen the light of day.

Bad data visualizations can be misleading, confusing — or simply wrong.

Good ones, on the other hand, can be helpful, informative, or both — and fun, to boot.

So, we decided to create a little bit of that joy—and be a little meta—with a simple infographic about whether or not to make an infographic...

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How to create an infographic for your blog

How to create an infographic for your blog | visual data | Scoop.it
What is an infographic?

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. Why are infographics so popular?

With so many online messages competing for our attention, eye-catching graphics are one way of grabbing your reader’s attention. People want their information quicker and using visuals are an excellent way to do this. Infographics can help your audience absorb information at a glance and they are ideal for sharing across multiple social media platforms...

 

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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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90 dataviz Tumblr blogs to follow

90 dataviz Tumblr blogs to follow | visual data | Scoop.it
The ultimate list of Tumblr blogs about data visualization, cartography and data journalism

It looks like Tumblr is becoming more and more popular in the data visualization community, and the task of gathering 90 of these blogs revealed itself to be a bit more challenging that we expected. News outlets are using it, designers created their portfolios on it, and of course, lots of curating blogs on topics that range from data journalism to vintage visual goodies...

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Is Data Visualization Art?

Is Data Visualization Art? | visual data | Scoop.it

Data Visualization is driven by data. Its form is often derived from optimizing the efficiency of inputting data (and information about that data) into a human brain. It is a very pragmatic practice, built around numbers and logic.


And yet it is beautiful. It evokes emotions. It can be aesthetically pleasing, or hideous. It communicates complex concepts and provokes thought. It is consumed for enjoyment. Some visualizations even share similarities with poetry.

There are several stages in the life cycle of data visualizations, and while the core of the practice is driven by rational thinking, any number of stages in the process have opportunities for subjective decisions or artistic interpretations...

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An overview of the creative and artistic processes involved in data visualization...

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The Presurfer: An Infographic Directory

The Presurfer: An Infographic Directory | visual data | Scoop.it

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education.

Today information graphics surround us in the media, in published works both pedestrian and scientific, in road signs and manuals. The Infographic Directory is a blog by David Eaves featuring awesome quality infographics from around the internet in a wide range of categories.

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Data Visualization Network of Resources

Data Visualization Network of Resources | visual data | Scoop.it

A network of links to data visualization resources (blogs, companies, people, tools, frameworks, books…). The network is based upon the words people use to tag these links using Delicious social bookmarking service.

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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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Why Your Blog Needs an Infographic and How to Make it Happen

Why Your Blog Needs an Infographic and How to Make it Happen | visual data | Scoop.it

An infographic is a visual representation of information. Consumers see infographics every day when they stop at a stop sign, read the weather report in the newspaper, or look at a chartor graph. Businesses are now beginning to create infographics to put on their blogs to help draw in readers. Infographics work well for a few reasons:

-They work well when you are trying to report complicated or boring information. These are typically the two types of articles that are most difficult to read, so showing the information pictorially tends to help keep readers engaged and help them understand the information easier and without frustration.
-They can help show the creativity of your company. This will help make your company more appealing to consumers and help improve the visibility of your brand. After all, the longer people stay on your site the better chance you have that they will return.
-An infographic works the same way as a traditional article in terms of SEO. If someone links back to your infographic, your SEO will improve (and people are much more likely to share an infographic than a big block of text).
Just about every blog has tapped into the infographic mania that has taken over in 2012, but creating an infographic isn’t easy. Many blogs cannot afford to hire a web designer to create an infographic, so they are forced to do the design on their own. This can make for a more confusing piece of text than a traditional article if done incorrectly. Consider how to create a successful infographic...

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20 Essential Infographics & Data Visualization Blogs

20 Essential Infographics & Data Visualization Blogs | visual data | Scoop.it

In the tradition of Inspired Mag’s huge lists, here goes a new one – all the blogs with cool data visualization eye candy in the same place! Enjoy and leave some comments with suggestions, questions and so on.

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