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Should Visualize? Probably Not. A few days ago, the Sunlight Labs blog put a post up, titled "Should Visualize?

Should Visualize? Probably Not.

10 Best Data Visualization Projects of the Year – 2010. Data visualization and all things related continued its ascent this year with projects popping up all over the place.

10 Best Data Visualization Projects of the Year – 2010

Some were good, and a lot were not so good. More than anything, I noticed a huge wave of big infographics this year. It was amusing at first, but then it kind of got out of hand when online education and insurance sites started to game the system. Although it's died down a lot ever since the new Digg launched. Data Visualization: Who are today's leading data visualization companies. Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view. -

Gov 2.0 for Providers of Official Statistics. Information Graphics. The Don’ts of Infographic Design. Written by Amy Balliett of Killer Infographics, the post in question is basically tips for how to create linkbait that doesn't work.

The Don’ts of Infographic Design

Or at least I hope it doesn't. Let's take it from the top. Business - Megan McArdle - Ending the Infographic Plague. Now that Obama's dog has won the War on Christmas, or something, it's time to get down to a war that really matters: the war on terrible, lying infographics, which have become endemic in the blogosphere, and constantly threaten to break out into epidemic or even pandemic status.

Business - Megan McArdle - Ending the Infographic Plague

The reservoir of this disease of erroneous infographics is internet marketers who don't care whether the information in their graphics is right ... just so long as you link it. As a Christmas present to, well, everyone, I'm issuing a plea to bloggers to help stop this plague in its track. Below the break, a tour of some of the more egregious examples, and some thoughts on why they've become so prevalent.

For those of you who can't sit through all that boring writing, however, I will first deliver my message in--ahem! --a more visual format: Remember this gem? Infographics – the Long and the Short of It – Defining the [infographic] A New and Important Content Marketing Tool: The Video Infographic. 9 Powerful Free Infographic Tools To Create Your Own Infographics - DATA VISUALIZATION. Powerful Free Infographic Tools To Create Your Own Infographics A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Infographics Infographics are everywhere, and we can’t get enough of them!

9 Powerful Free Infographic Tools To Create Your Own Infographics - DATA VISUALIZATION

Piktochart. Why "Infographic Thinking" Is The Future, Not A Fad. We get a lot of infographic pitches.

Why "Infographic Thinking" Is The Future, Not A Fad

Almost all of them suck. Why? Because while they may well be "information plus graphics," they often lack what designer Francesco Franchi calls "infographic thinking. " Day-in-the-internet.jpg (800×7247) Kill This Infographic (infographic) Journalism in the Age of Data. In the words of Terrell Owens, get your popcorn ready, because this video (below) is awesome.

Journalism in the Age of Data

During his Knight Journalism fellowship at Stanford, Geoff McGhee interviewed visualization trendsetters on how they deal and what they do with data in Journalism in the Age of Data: Journalists are coping with the rising information flood by borrowing data visualization techniques from computer scientists, researchers and artists.

Some newsrooms are already beginning to retool their staffs and systems to prepare for a future in which data becomes a medium. Period Table of Social Media. Infographics Are Broken. We Can Do Better. Infographics on the web are so bad and so broken.

Infographics Are Broken. We Can Do Better.

They are everywhere, yet few actually do a decent job of conveying information (click on the one at left to see what I mean). Some even argue that they are ruining the Internet. Correlation or Causation? Layar Creator - Welcome to Interactive Print. Eulerian Video Magnification. Banner slider Many seemingly static scenes contain subtle changes that are invisible to the naked human eye.

Eulerian Video Magnification

However, it is possible to pull out these small changes from videos through the use of algorithms we have developed. We give a way to visualize these small changes by amplifying them and we present algorithms to pull out interesting signals from these videos, such as the human pulse, sound from vibrating objects and the motion of hot air. Videos Software and Code. Sauber cutaway car > F1 News > InformationDataProcessVisualization. Livehoods – Use-based urban analytics. In conceptualizing and exploring the city we rely a range of smaller areas—neighbourhoods, boroughs, wards and districts—in order to make urban space intelligible.

Livehoods – Use-based urban analytics

While we can readily discuss how neighbourhoods are shaped by physical geography (topography, adjacency to lakes or rivers, etc.), ordinance (zoning, access to public transit) and economics (real estate prices, average resident income), machine learning does not really spring to mind when we are considering how we might define ‘a neighbourhood’. Livehoods is a new project hatched within the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University that leverages 18 million Foursquare check-ins to draft up new urban ‘activity zones’ based on the patterns of frequent visitors.

The venture essentially asks how does a location-based service reflect our sense of place within the city? | School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. m4cpnwEe0A1qb2cg0o1_1280.jpg (1280×853) Data Visualization Tools. Data visualisation DIY: our top tools. What data visualisation tools are out there on the web that are easy to use - and free? Here on the Datablog and Datastore we try to do as much as possible using the internet's powerful free options.

Subversive Cartographies. What are subversive cartographies? This issue is addressed a series of presentations organized by Chris Perkins (University of Manchester) and Jörn Seemann (Louisiana State University) for the upcoming 2008 Association of American Geographers meeting (Boston, April 15-19 2008). “To be subversive, is to wish to overthrow, destroy or undermine the principles of established orders. As such subversive cartographies offer alternative representations to established social and political norms. Maps are no longer cast as mirrors of reality, instead they are increasingly conceived as diverse ways of thinking, perceiving and representing space and place which express values, world-views and emotions. Robert Plutchik's "Wheel of Emotions" Nightingale’s Rose. January 9, 2008, 4:06 pm By Henry Woodbury Two ways of reading the word area — its general vs. its mathematical meaning — leads to confusion in this otherwise superb article on Charts in the Economist.

The chart in question is Florence Nightingale’s “Diagram of the Causes of Mortality in the Army of the East.” The data is plotted by month in 30-degree wedges. In each month, red represents deaths by injury, blue death by disease, and black death by other causes: What David Lynch Can Do With a 100-Year-Old Camera and 52 Seconds of Film. About What is ChartsBin? ChartsBin is a web-based data visualization tool that will allow everyone to quickly and easily create rich interactive visualizations with their own data. You can then share your interactive visualizations with others by embedding them in websites, blogs or sharing via Facebook or Twitter. We're focused on building the most exciting and engaging destination for statisticians, and computer scientists in the world. The Best Tools for Visualization.

Visualization is a technique to graphically represent sets of data. When data is large or abstract, visualization can help make the data easier to read or understand. There are visualization tools for search, music, networks, online communities, and almost anything else you can think of. Whether you want a desktop application or a web-based tool, there are many specific tools are available on the web that let you visualize all kinds of data. Am I an Alcoholic? – Alcohol Abuse Facts. Gamers Get Girls. Most guys aren’t grinding away at their Level 45 Battle Mage in order to meet the ladies. But online gaming across the board is becoming more mainstream, and lots of people spend lots of time in virtual worlds — men and women alike. Life of a Hashtag. Wind Map. An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future.

This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US. The wind map is a personal art project, not associated with any company.