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Could data save newspapers? 01 November 2011 · By Kylie Davis The news that the world is entering a new era of “Big Data” is likely to offend many die hard traditionalists in newsrooms, who are still enraged by the Internet making the word “content” a synonym for journalism.

Could data save newspapers?

But how much better could newsmedia companies be if they really looked at the data they report on each and every day? The world is entering a new era of “Big Data” according to a new McKinsey report which claims that businesses that can get their heads around how to harness the constant flow of information are winning the race of profit and competition. The news is likely to offend many die hard traditionalists in newsrooms, who are still enraged by the Internet making the word “content” a synonym for journalism. But as obnoxious as it was for purists to contemplate the idea that the poetry of beautiful writing and stunning photography could be belittled by a collective noun, “content” has stretched our perceptions of journalism now.

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PS. Data Journalisme Ile de la Réunion ?? Open data : de la transparence démocratique au développement économique - romaingiscard sur LePost.fr (17:31) Data visualisation. Journalism in the Age of Data: A Video Report on Data Visualization by Geoff McGhee. Visualizing.org. 7 Essential Books on Data Visualization & Computational Art.

By Maria Popova What 12 million human emotions have to do with civilian air traffic and the order of the universe.

7 Essential Books on Data Visualization & Computational Art

I’ve spent the past week being consistently blown away at the EyeO Festival of data visualization and computational arts, organized by my friend Jer Thorp, New York Times data artist in residence, and Dave Schroeder of Flashbelt fame. While showcasing their mind-blowing, eye-blasting work, the festival’s all-star speakers have been recommending their favorite books on the subject matter, so I’ve compiled the top recommendations for your illuminating pleasure. Enjoy. Processing, the open-source programming language and integrated development environment invented by Casey Reas and Ben Fry in 2001, is easily the most fundamental framework underpinning the majority of today’s advanced data visualization projects. Visualize This: How to Tell Stories with Data.

By Maria Popova How to turn numbers into stories, or what pattern-recognition has to do with the evolution of journalism.

Visualize This: How to Tell Stories with Data

Data visualization is a frequent fixation around here and, just recently, we looked at 7 essential books that explore the discipline’s capacity for creative storytelling. Today, a highly anticipated new book joins their ranks — Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics, penned by Nathan Yau of the fantastic FlowingData blog. (Which also makes this a fine addition to our running list of blog-turned-book success stories.) Yu offers a practical guide to creating data graphics that mean something, that captivate and illuminate and tell stories of what matters — a pinnacle of the discipline’s sensemaking potential in a world of ever-increasing information overload.

Ernst Haeckel. Color as Data: Visualizing Color Composition. By Maria Popova Abstracting glossy magazines, or what pie charts have to do with the Mona Lisa.

Color as Data: Visualizing Color Composition

We love data visualization and color. So what happens when you apply the former to the latter, visualizing color composition like you would any data set? Today, we look at three projects that take the color composition of familiar cultural artifacts and break it down visually. Computational artist Mario Klingemann, a.k.a. FORM+CODE: Eye and Brain Candy for the Digital Age. By Maria Popova Computational aesthetics, or what typography has to do with Yoko Ono and Richard Dawkins.

FORM+CODE: Eye and Brain Candy for the Digital Age

Yes, we’re on a data visualization spree this week, but today’s spotlight taps into an even more niche obsession: data viz book candy. This season, Princeton Architectural Press, curator of the smart and visually gripping, brings us FORM+CODE — an ambitious, in-depth look at the use of software across art, design and illustration for a wide spectrum of creative disciplines, from data visualization to generative art to motion typography. Mapping European Stereotypes. By Maria Popova Geopolitical cartography is all about an objective view of the world’s political conventions.

Mapping European Stereotypes

But there’s nothing politically correct in Bulgarian-born, London-based designer Yanko Tsvetkov‘s Mapping Stereotypes project — a series of amusing, often tragicomically true maps of Europe based on various subjective perceptions and ideologies. Europe According to USA Europe According to France. Beautiful Word Clouds.

NBC News' Education Nation Challenge. Visualize the Economics of Higher Graduation Rates Graduating from high school means better job prospects and higher earning potential for individuals, but what does it mean for the community or country as a whole?

NBC News' Education Nation Challenge

In partnership with NBC News' Education Nation, and using data from the Alliance for Excellent Education, Visualizing.org challenges you to visualize the projected benefits and economic ripple effects that would result from improving America’s graduation rates. Add your voice to the debate by participating: the 2011 Education Nation Summit will help bring your work to elected officials, educators, and business leaders. Highcharts - Interactive JavaScript charts for your webpage. Data Journalism : par où commencer (Part. 1/2) WEBJOURNALISME. 11 jobs d’un nouveau genre qui prouvent que le journalisme a de l’avenir.

Datavisualization. Golden Section Graphics. Open Data Challenge on Datavisualization. European public bodies produce thousands upon thousands of datasets every year – about everything from how our tax money is spent to the quality of the air we breathe.

Open Data Challenge on Datavisualization

With the Open Data Challenge, the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Open Forum Academy are challenging designers, developers, journalists and researchers to come up with something useful, valuable or interesting using open public data. Everybody from the EU can submit an idea, app, visualization or dataset to the competition between 5th April and 5th June. The winners will be announced in mid June at the European Digital Assembly in Brussels. A total of €20,000 in prizes could be another motivator if you’re undecided yet. Introduction to Linked Open Data for Visualization Creators on Datavisualization.

Introduction to Linked Open Data for Visualization Creators Last week ReadWriteWeb asked: “Is Linked Data Gaining Acceptance?” Our answer: definitely yes. Projects like DBPedia, a community effort to structure the information from Wikipedia and provide it as Linked Open Data, have come a long way and work really well. For example, you can search for all scientists born in Zürich, Switzerland. But you don’t have to stop there! Faceted Wikipedia Search. Welcome to PublicData.eu - Europe's Public Data - publicdata.eu. List of European Open Data Catalogues at lod2.okfn.org. Suisse Open Data Initiative. 11.5040 - Potentiel des données publiques ouvertes en Suisse - Curia Vista - Base de données d'entreprise - L'Assemblée fédérale - Le Parlement suisse.

En Suisse aussi, l´Open Government Data a le vent en poupe. Open government data gathers momentum in Switzerland. The opendata.ch 2011 conference was inaugurated by Edith Graf-Litscher, National Councillor and Co-Chair of the Parliamentarian Group for Digital Sustainability, and Andreas Kellerhals, Director of the Swiss Federal Archives.

Open government data gathers momentum in Switzerland

The opening address was given by Nigel Shadbolt, Professor at the University of Southampton and member of the UK’s Public Sector Transparency Board. In an inspiring speech he highlighted the far-reaching transformative potential of open government data for people and governments alike, both now and in the future. Other speakers, including Jean-Philippe Amstein, Director of the Federal Office of Topography swisstopo, Hans-Peter Thür, Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner, and Peter Fischer, the Delegate for Federal IT Strategy, echoed Shadbolt’s sentiments but also pointed to the challenges for Switzerland in dealing with freely accessible government data.

Switzerland is no longer a white spot on the OGD map. The following guest post is by Cécile Aschwanden and André Golliez, from itopia.

Switzerland is no longer a white spot on the OGD map.

They are members of the OKF’s Working Group on Open Government Data. Most people in Switzerland (including politicians) still do not know what Open Government Data is all about – but now the OGD virus has reached Switzerland and the discussion has been launched. The first OGD conference hosted by the Swiss Federal Archives – a perfect venue for this event – had many more attendees than expected (around 150). Politicians, high ranking bureaucrats, journalists, scientists, and entrepreneurs gave presentations in the morning and took part in the many workshops in the afternoon. Swiss Open Systems User Group: Home. All too much. Data, data everywhere. The data deluge.