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How to use visualization techniques for nonprofits in areas like data analysis, learning, facilitation, and innovation
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A Living, Breathing Infographic: A Look at the Web's First Socially Generative Visualization

A Living, Breathing Infographic: A Look at the Web's First Socially Generative Visualization | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

The idea of a Socially Generative Visualization originated out of a section of the design handbook INFOGRAPHICS.
An SGV, as described by the authors, is a new direction for data visualization– one which marketers and content consumers alike should take note of– especially as content distribution continues to be affected by socially relevant data.

What’s the next step when you’re looking to give your viewers a deeper interaction with your content? Apparently, we should be looking at “socially generative visualizations,” a novel approach that combines the best aspects of traditional static Infographics and classic interactive interfaces with a new purpose: “to allow the viewer to interact with the content in a more meaningful way by contributing to and actually being a part of the measured data that is displayed.”


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Portfolio Infographic Design Kit

Portfolio Infographic Design Kit | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

A free resource from Tripwire Magazine: a useful portfolio infographics design kit you can use for your personal or business portfolio or CV.


For those looking for a simple and easy to tweak portfolio, take a look at this Infographics design kit- a tool for anyone updating a portfolio or CV to make it stand out. The elements come in PDS and Ai files...


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A Guide to Pinterest's New Business Accounts

A Guide to Pinterest's New Business Accounts | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
Download @HubSpot's Guide to Pinterest's New Business Accounts and discover how you can effectively optimize your Pinterest presence.
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5 Free Tools for Creating Infographics

5 Free Tools for Creating Infographics | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

Generally, people don’t have the time or energy to sit and plow through pages or screens of text; they want to be able to ingest information as quickly and easily as possible. With the recent rise of infographics (information graphics), what used to require an avalanche of stats or analyses to dissect, can now be interpreted and relayed into an easy-to-read, fun, and visually appealing schematic – and an excellent content marketing concept. Infographics, when designed well, can be applied to different online sites and social networks.

Summarized at the article are 5 free tools (with links) that allow you to start creating simple infographics or explore the potential of data visualization...


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Cb Bowman's curator insight, September 10, 2013 9:33 AM

The Tools Needed To Get You Started in Using Infographics

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Humanrithm: why data without people is not enough

While this deck is about content curation and the algorithms that lie beneath, the point is also important in the data for social change world.


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This is what is it was about: "We engineers love data and algorithms. They help create amazing things. But if and when we forget that people create data and that data can be improved by people, we will miss the promise of Big Data. It's time we all thought of this not as social vs algorithm but as Humanrithm."




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Beth Kanter's comment, October 7, 2012 9:25 AM
Were you in Boston this week? I was too!
Guillaume Decugis's comment, October 9, 2012 6:55 PM
Hi Beth! Me? No, this was for Dataweek here in San Francisco...
Michael Procopio's curator insight, January 27, 2013 9:48 AM

Love this quote "Content marketing and curation is like Star Trek chess. You are playing a game in many dimensions simultaneously."

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The top 20 data visualisation tools

The top 20 data visualisation tools | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

From simple charts to complex maps and infographics, Brian Suda's round-up of the best – and mostly free – tools has everything you need to bring your data to life...

A common question is how to get started with data visualisations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practice – and to practice, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, get introduced to 20 different tools for creating visualisations: from simple charts to complex graphs, maps and infographics. Almost everything here is available for free, and \you may have installed already...


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Randy Rebman's curator insight, January 28, 2013 9:33 AM

This looks like it might be a good source for integrating infographics into the classroom.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 12, 2013 12:40 AM

A great tool for building infographics.

Caroline Matet's curator insight, April 22, 2013 1:08 PM

Le top 20 des outils pour faire ses propres data visualisations

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2012 Winners of the Information is Beautiful awards

2012 Winners of the Information is Beautiful awards | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

On September 27th, the world's best examples of visually stunning information was recognized at the inaugural Information is Beautiful awards.

The event, held at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, awarded designers from all over the world in a variety of categories, including data visualisation, infographics and data journalism.

When David McCandless, author, data journalist and founder of the IIB data-visualisation studio, announced in early 2012 that IIB was looking for award applicants, he was inundated with over 1,000 entries.

"I've just been amazed by the sheer quality of the creative work submitted to the awards from around the world," McCandless told Wired.co.uk. "There are a number of criteria we look for when judging these awards. Not only do they have to have the right visual quality and be easily understood, they have to have that invisible element of story telling as well."


Read the complete article for a closer look at all the winners, selected by a panel of judges including musician and visual artist Brian Eno, senior curator of the Museum of Modern Art Paola Antonelli, BrainPickings.org editor Maria Popova and Guardian Datablog editor Simon Rogers.


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Wild Apricot Blog : Big Data For Small Organizations

Wild Apricot Blog : Big Data For Small Organizations | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

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Good round up of articles on Big Data and how it applies to nonprofi sector.

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11 of the Most Influential Infographics of the 19th-Century...

11 of the Most Influential Infographics of the 19th-Century... | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
We live in a world steeped in graphic information. From Google Maps and GIS to the proliferation of infographics and animated maps, visual data surrounds us.

While we may think of infographics as a relatively recent development to make sense of the immense amount of data available on the Web, they actually are rooted in the 19th century.

Two major developments led to a breakthrough in infographics: advances in lithography and chromolithography, which made it possible to experiment with different types of visual representations, and the availability of vast amounts of data, including from the American Census as well as natural scientists, who faced heaps of information about the natural world, such as daily readings of wind, rainfall, and temperature spanning decades.

But such data was really only useful to the extent that it could be rendered in visual form. And this is why innovation in cartography and graphic visualization mattered so greatly...


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Daden - Datascape – a ground-breaking application for 3D data visualisation

Daden - Datascape – a ground-breaking application for 3D data visualisation | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

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For the early adopters in data visualization, here's next generation tool that will analhyze in 3D



Analysts now have the ability to explore and make sense of their data in 3D with the launch of Datascape – a 3D data visualisation application – by immersive environments specialists Daden Limited.

Data visualisation is a powerful method for analysing and presenting large quantities of information, and with the continued explosion of “big data” tools to help make better sense of data are a necessity.


Over the last year Daden have been looking at how immersive spaces can be used to provide an alternative to the 2D tools which are so common today. The result is the launch of Datascape.


Using Daden’s immersive data visualisation application, Datascape, you can explore and make sense of your data in 3D.


Datascape provides an easy to use, install and maintain immersive 3D environment in which users can visualise and interact with data from almost any source and from any domain including financial, political, technical, scientific, health and social media. Data can be imported from spreadsheets and databases or even taken from live feeds.

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In The Future, The Data Scientist Will be Replaced by Tools

In The Future, The Data Scientist Will be Replaced by Tools | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
Gnip data scientist Scott Hendrickson looks at both arguments on whether data scientists can be replaced by data tools.
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Talking Data Without Borders at Pop!Tech | jake.porway

Talking Data Without Borders at Pop!Tech | jake.porway | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

How can this scale with a large pool of data scientists

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Putting Your Data to Work [#501TechNYC Recap]

Tweets, pics, links, and more from 'Putting Your Data to Work' with Jake Porway.
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Infographics: More Than Meets Eye...

Infographics: More Than Meets Eye... | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

The human brain processes visual information much faster and digests this type of content concurrently, whereas it takes more time to break text down. So, for many, it makes more than just sense to have your complex information delivered to your target audience in the most legible format...


Infographics make good use of brain’s ability to assimilate knowledge and information through the visual medium, making tough-to-crack-data appealing. Simply put, an infographic is a carefully composed collage of images, content, charts, stats, diagrams, animations & video to graphically represent information.

Infographics are used by various quarters such as educational institutions, acadamecians, businesses, newspapers, and just anybody who are serious about putting across their point in the most simplest manner. Infographics take different forms- venn diagrams, charts, timelines, maps and more. They are not merely a design or an image or random data; their purpose should be seen from every angle.


Visit the link to learn more about the process of creating infographics, how to implement online tools and resources, and best practices...


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Pinning for Good: How UNICEF Uses Pinterest to Raise Awareness and Raise Funds | Business 2 Community

Pinning for Good: How UNICEF Uses Pinterest to Raise Awareness and Raise Funds | Business 2 Community | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
If you are like me, you have become hopelessly addicted to Pinterest. The uses, both personal and for business, are endless.

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Create infographics that demand attention with these online tools

Create infographics that demand attention with these online tools | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

Want to create an attractive infographic but don’t have the budget to hire a professional designer?

Then you should try using an infographic-creation tool.

If your small business is looking for an eye-catching and easy to comprehend way to teach, inform, and inspire others about its products and services, infographics might be a good solution. Infographics can be more effective and memorable than other ways to present data, making them particularly effective for online audiences.

To create an infographic, you should make a list of possible ideas that you want to get across, create the initial draft or skeleton, color scheme it, and research your content from authoritative sites. Then it’s time to select your design platform.


Read about three online tools that can help you create stunning infographics...


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Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

The first course in visualization and infographics.

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Open Data Emerges as a Global Movement

Open Data Emerges as a Global Movement | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

“Open data” — the philosophy and practice of making the data collected by government agencies freely available to the public — is critical to increasing citizens’ engagement with their governments. Since 2010, hundreds of nations, regions, and cities across the world have launched their own open data initiatives.

For example, datacatalogs.org maintains centralized lists of local, regional, and national data catalogs. Europe is heavily represented: nearly every country publishes open data, geospatial files and maps and statistics. Within each nation, local councils, regional governments, and autonomous regions are publishing their own locally-relevant open data. Spain, Italy, and France each boast over a dozen internal data catalogs created by local agencies...

Whether or not open data portals eventually lead to open, transparent, and accountable democratic governments is still up for debate, but they remain indispensable to the citizens, researchers, and journalists using data from these sites.


Read the complete post for a better understanding of open data in a concise, yet informative article with numerous links and specific initiatives referenced for further research...


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It's not the size of government that counts. It's the transparency, agility, and democracy of goverment that matters.
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Data Jujitsu: The art of turning data into product - O'Reilly Radar

Data Jujitsu: The art of turning data into product - O'Reilly Radar | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
Having worked in academia, government and industry, I've had a unique opportunity to build products in each sector. Much of this product development has been around building data products.
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How nonprofits should be using data | Socialbrite

How nonprofits should be using data | Socialbrite | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

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How to think about data in your organization, including an inventory worksheet. 

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A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

7th Annual Media Maven Luncheon hosted by CCTV & Common Good Vermont Burlington, Vermont 21 September 2012...
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The KIDS COUNT Infographic Challenge: Partner Resource Page | SparkAction

The KIDS COUNT Infographic Challenge: Partner Resource Page | SparkAction | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
 Sponsors  |  Social Media Samples  |  Logos & Buttons  |  Press Release  | Contacts  ...
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The Data Scientist Will Be Replaced By Tools - Forbes

The Data Scientist Will Be Replaced By Tools - Forbes | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
We’ve barely started to use the term “data scientist” and the demise of this new profession is already predicted? Well, it’s not one more “rise of the machines” prophecy but instead the provocative title of a proposed panel for the upcoming SXSW.
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SXSW PanelPicker

Can data science tools replace data scientists before this field has even taken flight?

Many startups and established companies are building tools that enable users to enact data science by interacting with data at a high level. We will debate the proposition, "In the future, data scientists will be replaced by data science tools." The goal will be to explore the definitions and assumptions data scientists and people who develop tools about the line between best practices and human expertise.

Ultimately, the panel will explore what unique attributes data scientists and tools bring to the field of data science.

Questions Answered

What tools do data scientists need? More specifically, what tools improve productivity and can tools keep data scientists from making mistakes?
How do the tools that data scientists use define them? More specifically, how do they choose the tools, in which ways do they depend on them and do they credit tools with any of their successes.
What are the most human parts of data science, and what parts of data science can be mechanized without loss and what can be improved with mechanization? Essentially, what aspects of a data scientists bag of skills and tools can and can not be replaced with software?
How much and what type of data science expertise can be built into tools? What is your experience with tools that allow domain experts with little programming and minimal statistics experience or training to perform analysis that results in new products, better business decisions, new insights into customer or partner behavior?
What is the future of data and statistics tools in 6 months, 5 years and 10 years? How will these tools evolve, and what capabilities will be added? Predict a surprise feature or capability we will see in data/analysis tools in the far future.

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Our Mission | DataKind

How can this scale without a large pool of data scientists?


DataKind (formerly known as Data Without Borders) brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations through a comprehensive, collaborative approach that leads to shared insights, greater understanding, and positive action through data in the service of humanity.

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