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Here's What The Internet Looks Like: Visualizing the Web

Here's What The Internet Looks Like: Visualizing the Web | visual data | Scoop.it

These data visualizations, caricatures, and images capture the internet in all it's wiry glory.

Though we use it every day in countless ways, the Internet remains mostly faceless to us. Like a faint memory, we feel we know it intimately but have no sense of its size, its scale, or its design.


To give form to what we too prevalently consider a formless entity, we've rounded up some impressive attempts at capturing its likeness--from data visualization to caricature--to better answer the question: What is the Internet, anyway?

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Visualization for supporting Scientific information

Visualization for supporting Scientific information | visual data | Scoop.it

Thanks to the progress that has taken place in the field of information technology in the last years, both the general and specialized public (e.g. research centres) have gained access to huge quantities of information. However, such data are useless to the user unless he/she knows how to interpret them easily and effectively.
Visualization should be understood as creating, through graphical means, visual representations of a concept, idea or a set of data that cannot be grasped or explained with the help of ordinary methods. Scientific visualization transforms abstract scientific data into image, for instance diagrams that represent mathematical functions or graphs that show communication networks.

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Artists use data to make political statements

Artists use data to make political statements | visual data | Scoop.it

Big data can feel impersonal, overwhelming and cold. But stark statistics are now being used to make intimate statements through art and public advocacy.


The past few years have seen the widespread availability of a large amount of data, thanks largely to the internet.

Census reports are easily searchable, campaign polling is expertly parsed and analysed, and online dating behaviour provides a glimpse into human sexuality.


Now more artists are using these impersonal details to make an impassioned statement; visit the article link for examples.

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Astrakhan's comment, February 9, 2013 12:44 AM
DataScientists = Data Artists
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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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