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Data visualization is an emerging domain that is deeply rooted in the tradition of cartography, having evolved to match the quantity and diversity of data we find in today’s technological environment. In this first post in an ongoing data visualization series, I’ll take a closer look at the New York Times’ Mapping America interactive map of the American census data. This subject also gives me an opportunity to talk briefly about the relationship between cartography and visualization. <img src="http://radar.oreilly.com/upload/2011/01/2011-01-04-MappingAmerica-image-1.jpg" alt="2011-01-04-MappingAmerica-image-1.jpg" style="float: right;margin: 3px 0 10px 10px" border="0"> As the ancestor of data visualization, cartography was initially used to navigate the land and the sea, to give us an overview of our physical space and help us explore the world more safely. Maps were catalyzers for the development of human societies.
By Scott Beale on January 4, 2011 “The Joy of Stats” , a BBC documentary by Dan Hillman about the wonderful world of statistics hosted by Hans Rosling . Documentary which takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride through the wonderful world of statistics to explore the remarkable power thay have to change our understanding of the world, presented by superstar boffin Professor Hans Rosling, whose eye-opening, mind-expanding and funny online lectures have made him an international internet legend.