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Why d3 Will Change How We Publish Maps Publishing maps to the web. Simple right? Just reproject all your data to web mercator and be done with it. Have we all learned to live with the crazy distortion? Do we need mercator to help us get our galleons from the Spanish Main back to the king? Of course not, but we’ve all learned the world is not flat since then. Why d3 Will Change How We Publish Maps
Today I am releasing a tool that allows users to create and export an Information Wheel.Click here to access the tool. Users can: Define a complete 4-level hierarchy, breaking a concept down to four levelsCustomise ring-sizesCustomise colouringCustomsie textExport to SVG This is an alpha release of the tool, hopefully the first of many. Any and all feedback is welcome. Also, if you have the time and ability to do similar or better things, I invite you to contact me regarding collaboration. Create: Information Wheel | thinkDataVis Create: Information Wheel | thinkDataVis
The top 20 data visualisation tools

The top 20 data visualisation tools

One of the most common questions I get asked is how to get started with data visualisations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practise – and to practise, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, I want to introduce you to 20 different tools for creating visualisations: from simple charts to complex graphs, maps and infographics. Almost everything here is available for free, and some you have probably installed already. Advertisement Entry-level tools
Perceptual Edge’s 2012 Dashboard Design Competition A few weeks ago I mentioned in this blog that I would soon announce the 2012 Perceptual Edge Dashboard Design Competition. Today, the competition officially begins. This will be the most challenging event of this type to date resulting in the most esteemed award for dashboard design (in my not-so-humble opinion) since I judged a similar competition for the B-Eye-Network back in 2006. This competition will serve several purposes: A showcase for the current state of expert dashboard design.An opportunity for me to use the submissions to teach best practices by critiquing several of them on this website and in the second edition of the book Information Dashboard Design, which I am currently writing.An opportunity to provide sample dashboard designs that could actually be used to improve the quality of education in schools, for this competition involves the design of a dashboard that could be used by teachers to monitor the performance of their students. Perceptual Edge’s 2012 Dashboard Design Competition
Unfolding Library for Interactive Maps
By Barnabas Nagy Published: May 7, 2012 “Words are not always sufficient to describe things accurately.” It is all too easy to create UX deliverables that are not visually pleasing. Expressing UX Concepts Visually Expressing UX Concepts Visually
A tutorial on visualizing numeric data by groups A blog about how the New York Times does its visualizations All-in-One Examples: Data + Visualization Wolfram's massively useful general knowledge engine, Wolfram Alpha Online and Open-Source Resources for Data Sourcing, Visualization, and Analysis - Professor Bear Braumoeller Online and Open-Source Resources for Data Sourcing, Visualization, and Analysis - Professor Bear Braumoeller
Guardian Datastore editor Simon Rogers: Rogers said: 'We're not just data analysers, we've become data providers' Data is the "new normal" in journalism, according to Simon Rogers, the editor of the Guardian’s Datablog and Datastore. The aim of the Guardian when it comes to data is to guide the public through the mass of information available and present it in an attractive and easy-to-understand format. Speaking at the PPA (Professional Publishers Association) conference this week Rogers said: "What's happening is we're not just data analysers, we've become data providers. "What we’re doing is essentially journalism, but it’s different journalism. Five of the Guardian Datablog's best visualisations | Online Journalism Features Five of the Guardian Datablog's best visualisations | Online Journalism Features
Try the VIDI Wizard: Build and Embed Visualizations | Data Visualization Demo
Why has Data Visualization Become so Popular? Why has Data Visualization Become so Popular? Not all that long ago, when someone mentioned data visualization images, graphics printed in the USA Today, New York Times or the Economist would instantly come to mind – not any more. Over the last two to three years there has been an explosion in the popularity of data visualization. There’s no question that data visualization is hot right now, but why? Why have we become so fascinated with data visualization? Why is it desirable and why is it useful? Today, it seems that whenever anyone mentions a new infographic or data visualization, hoards of people instantly line up to check it out.
How to Pick a Chart for Your Dashboard As Dashboard Spy readers know, dashboard chart selection is fraught with peril and the subject of many books and blogs. I’ve written at length about the relative merits of different chart types and stress how the decision of which chart to use should not be made frivolously nor at random. To help you (or perhaps to confound you further), I present the “Chart Chooser” or aka “Chart Selections Thought Starter” from Take a look at this screengrab of the graphic and I’ll give you a higher resolution pdf link below the chart. For a larger pdf, use this link: Chart Suggestions – A Thought Starter How to Pick a Chart for Your Dashboard
The more visually inclined we become in our quest to consume information, the blurrier the line between data vis and infographic gets. To the great dismay of art directors, designers, etc. these terms are even being used interchangeably. For clarification, I went digging around the Web and found a pretty great summation of the differences from Nick Iliinsky: “Infographics are the ones that are usually illustrated by a graphic designer; they’re probably done in Illustrator, there’s some data in them, but they’re not necessarily data-rich. They tend to be manually authored, manually constructed — obviously on a computer — but somebody sat down and said, “we’re going to put the big windmill here for ‘more windpower’ and more sunshine for ‘more solar power’ and a smaller oil barrel here” or whatever. Infographic vs. Data Visualization (Who Cares?) Infographic vs. Data Visualization (Who Cares?)
In my recent article posted on May 16, I compared functionalities for R, Octave and Python at a very high level. The article received many insightful comments. I wanted to share what the commenters had to say—this follow-up is to clarify or expand upon some of the points raised. R, Octave, and Python: A Follow-Up
Miso: An open source toolkit for data visualisation
R training: Visualization, Big Data, Data Mining, and Marketing Analytics Revolution Analytics is hosting several live and online courses over the next couple of months that will be of interest to R users looking to hone their skills: Visualization in R with ggplot2. Garrett Grolemund and Winston Chang instruct how to use the ggplot2 package to make, format, label and adjust graphs using R. (August 28, Redwood City, CA.)Big Data Analytics with RevoScaleR. Jared Lander provides training on how to take advantage of the capabilities of RevoScaleR for high performance analytics on big datasets. (September 6-7, online.)Intro to R for Data Mining.
Undeniably, radial charts based on a polar coordinate system are more visually appealing than regular line, area and bar charts, or even tree maps, all of which are based on a cartesian coordinate system. Unfortunately, they are rarely better at communicating information. Radial charts are things like radar charts, Coxcomb charts, radial bar charts, or radial tree maps. These charts are all very visually interesting. The have relationships that our brain can easily detect, but that are hard for us to interpret. This duality is why they are more beautiful, but at the same time worse, for showing data. Battle of the Charts: Why Cartesian Wins Against Radial
Visualizing Massive Amounts of Big Data At the end of the day, the whole point of a business intelligence (BI) application is to make it easier to discern patterns and trends that would otherwise not be obvious. As such, the competition between BI applications is ultimately going to come down to which one best fulfills that mission, especially in an era where Big Data is making massive amounts of information readily available. Pentaho upped its game in that regard with release today of version 4.5 of its namesake open source BI application, which enhances the application's core visualization engine with new geo-mapping, heat grids, scatter/bubble chart visualizations, interactive visual analysis capabilities such as lasso filtering, zoom and attribute highlighting on all chart types, and a variety of reporting enhancements.

Interactive Dynamics for Visual Analysis

Jeffrey Heer, Stanford University Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland, College Park The increasing scale and availability of digital data provides an extraordinary resource for informing public policy, scientific discovery, business strategy, and even our personal lives. To get the most out of such data, however, users must be able to make sense of it: to pursue questions, uncover patterns of interest, and identify (and potentially correct) errors. In concert with data-management systems and statistical algorithms, analysis requires contextualized human judgments regarding the domain-specific significance of the clusters, trends, and outliers discovered in data. Visualization provides a powerful means of making sense of data.
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