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Comparison of Background Radiation. Home | Fluent Brain. Going from “get it done” to “getting it done right” Mindjet Connect + Cohuman: Vision and Action for Getting Work Done Right The enterprise has changed. I’m not talking about compared to 10 years ago—everyone knows that. Today’s modern business is in a constant state of flux that seems to change every few months. What works today in communications, business, and technology probably won’t work tomorrow. And the changes keep changing! Most organizations haven’t adapted to this new reality. Teams get one shot at “getting it done.” “Get it done” mentality leaves no time for collaboration. It’s a process failure that stems from rigid embedded business practices, lack of accountability to business drivers, and lack of alignment between individual action and organizational goals.

Technologies that try to aid collaboration haven’t been adaptable to teams that need to create a new vision. Connect your team’s vision to action. Where’s the new stuff? Send to Cohuman button in Mindjet Connect Here’s how. But that’s not all. Ready to get it done right? The State of InfoVis 2012. Another year has come and gone, and many exciting things have happened in information visualization.

Here is a look back at some interesting events from last year, as well as what I expect for 2012 and the next few years. 2011: What Was The launch of Protovis was a big deal in 2010, but it was bettered by D3 last year. Unfortunately, that also means that Protovis was abandoned only about one year after being publicly introduced. In my last State of Information Visualization, I expressed my hopes that IE9 would be adopted quickly by businesses, which would make it easier for visualization projects to rely on HTML5 rather than Flash.

Data journalism keeps getting attention in visualization. That is also what got me excited about the launch of On a more academic subject, we saw some great visualization work in bioinformatics at the new BioVis Symposium at VisWeek. Another topic that seems to be heating up is graphs. 2012: What Will Be My other big hope for this year is networks.

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Value of Vis. Problems with Vis. Data Overload. MindMapping MindManager. Visual Thinking. Visual Communication. Copyright & Licensing. Simple thoughts about fair use. Copyright is not an absolute. Potato chips are absolute. If this is my potato chip, then it's not yours. You can't touch it, eat it or use it for any reason whatsoever, not without asking first. Copyright doesn't work that way. There is a yin to the yang of copyright protection, and it's called Fair Use. Fair use permits scholars to do their thing, permits those that would do parody or commentary or comparison to be heard. I'm not talking about taking someone's work to make it into a poster or some sort of endorsement--I'm talking about the need for us to be able to comment on each other's work. Without fair use, it would be impossible to write a negative book review, or compare Shakespeare to the Simpsons.

Most web users should know a few simple guidelines, principles so simple that you can generally assume them to be rules. There's a difference between being polite and observing the law. PS as soon as you make something and fix it in a tangible form, you own the copyright in it. Data visualization chart. Understand uncertainty: probabilities. Probabilities and statistics: they are everywhere, but they are hard to understand and can be counter-intuitive.

So what's the best way of communicating them to an audience that doesn't have the time, desire, or background to get stuck into the numbers? Ian Short explores modern visualisation techniques and finds that the right picture really can be worth a thousand words. Visualising probabilities: an example What is the probability that a woman who tests positive for breast cancer actually has breast cancer? To pin this question down, let us consider a population in which 1% of women have breast cancer, and a mammography test which has a 90% chance of returning a correct result. Figure 1: A tree diagram describing the outcomes of a mammography test. A tree diagram, such as figure 1, can help answer this question. Why visualise probabilities? Visualisations like the graph in figure 1 can enliven information, grab people's attention, inspire, and influence.

What not to do Figure 8.