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16 April 2012 Last updated at 23:01 GMT By Fiona Graham Technology of business reporter, BBC News Brain scan: Research suggests that one way to avoid being overloaded by data is by presenting it visually rather than text or numbers Sitting at your desk in the middle of the day, yet another email notification pops up in the corner of the screen, covering the figures you're trying to digest in the complicated spreadsheet in front of you.
A lot of my time these days goes into planning DataMarket ‘s efforts in the new year. An essential part of that is trying to grasp the major trends in areas that matter to us. DataMarket is building an active marketplace for statistics and structured data . We believe in a “visual data exploration” approach, meaning that users’ first experience with any data is a visualization that should provide a quick overview of what the data is all about, then allowing users to dig deeper to see the raw numbers, download the data in various formats, embed it in other web content or connect to the data live using our API.
New media theorist Lev Manovich just released a new text, titled What is Visualization? [manovich.net]. One might first wonder if such a question is not too... obvious, but in the light of the contentious discussion about the tension between artistic and scientific representations of data, and whether data art should be called visualization at all, it is always worth covering the basics. The text is quite substantial, so you might want to wait for some quiet time to dive into it. The main arguments in the text focus around distinguishing information visualization, scientific visualization and information design. In addition, Lev proposes a new term, "media visualization", for those visual representations that do not reduce data into topology and geometry, but instead uses techniques to reorganize data into a new visual representation that preserves its original form.
Having just read the book on “Beautiful Data” I would like to share some of my insights/learning’s from it. The book provides examples of elegant data solutions from different domains (including space, music, medical research, web apps, government data,..). A common pattern across domains is the need for smart handling of large data sets in the different stages of information processing (be it for data collection, storage, processing, visualization or collaboration around data). While ‘beauty’ (be it in data, code, art, person..) lies in the eye of the beholder, there can be some common metrics for it.
The cryptic works on display at London’s Decode: Digital Design Sensations exhibition manipulate raw data as a kind of virtual pigment, finding form and fun amid the sensory overload that threatens to overwhelm the 21st-century hive mind. Several exhibition pieces showcased at Victoria and Albert Museum depend on human presence to produce their full effect. A motion-detecting eyeball, for examples, blinks each time a visitor blinks.
It was a huge year for data. There's no denying it. Data is about to explode. Applications sprung up left and right that help you understand your data - your Web traffic, your finances, and your life. There are now online marketplaces that sell data as files or via API.
Developer Santiago Ortiz explores visualization references through Delicious tags and puts them in a discovery context . There are two views.
Are you using mind mapping tools such as MindManager, FreeMind or XMind? And reference management tools such as JabRef, Endnote, or Zotero? And do you sometimes even create bookmark in PDFs?
Ongoing study of Beatles through infographics, much of which is based on secondary sources such as sales statistics, biographies, recording session notes, sheet music, and raw audio readings.
Browsing the web of data
The art of data visualization
Marketing & Strategy Innovation The Future of Lifestreaming by Dominic Basulto on 8 March, 2010 - 00:14 Vodafone Group’s user experience / concept development group has put together a brief video clip that explores the future of lifestreaming .