aea365 Office Timeline I’m Naomi Walsh and I am a novice consultant. One of the challenges of breaking into consulting is presenting yourself as a professional. One way that I do this is to share timelines for projects that I am working on – they show that I am organized and prepared, and provide a visual planning aid for those with whom I am working. Hot Tip – Office Timeline 2010: I recently found this free PowerPoint plug-in that incorporates an extremely easy to use timeline maker right into PowerPoint. It includes a wizard that walks you through, step-by-step, adding planning stages and milestones, creates a great-looking timeline, and then has options for tweaking the results. And, it’s free.
Irregular Verbs — Exercise 5 Directions: Each item in this exercise contains three underlined verbs. Choose the one that is formed incorrectly. To keep track of your answers, print the accompanying handout. JuxtaposeJS What it does JuxtaposeJS helps journalists tell stories by comparing two frames, including photos and gifs. It’s an adaptable storytelling tool that is ideal for highlighting then/now stories that explain slow changes over time (growth of a city skyline, regrowth of a forest, etc.) or before/after stories that show the impact of single dramatic events (natural disasters, protests, wars, etc.). Data visualization tools for Linux A short list of visualization tools In this article, I provide a survey of a number of popular Linux data visualization tools and include some insight into their other capabilities. For example, does the tool provide a language for numerical computation? Is the tool interactive or does it operate solely in batch mode?
Graphics Processors Speed Up Twitter Visualizations New software can use the graphics processors found on everyday computers to process torrents of data more quickly than is normally possible, opening up new ways to visually explore everything from Twitter posts to political donations. Known as MapD, or massively parallel database, the new technology achieves big speed gains by storing the data in the onboard memory of graphics processing units (GPUs) instead of in central processing units (CPUs), as is conventional. Using a single high-performance GPU card can make data processing up to 70 times faster. Right now the prototype technology is being demonstrated on tweets; it can show how a meme is propagating in real time on regional or world maps (watch “Visualizing Big Data in Milliseconds on Cheap Computers”). Many large-scale Twitter visualizations—including animated maps and charts—take several seconds or longer to process data before it can be displayed.
aea365 Netvibes My name is Susan Kistler. I’m AEA’s Executive Director, and I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. Today, I thought that I would continue the ‘shortcuts’ theme and tell you about Netvibes. Rad Resource – Netvibes Netvibes creates a personal internet dashboard. You set up one (or multiple) pages with links to key items that you use online. I’ve set mine up so that I have one dashboard for each of a number of projects. Irregular Verbs — Exercise 1 Directions: In the exercise that follows, you will read sentences that contain blanks. These blanks require the appropriate forms of irregular verbs. To keep track of your answers, print the accompanying handout.
The Work of Edward Tufte and Graphics Press Graphics Press LLC P.O. Box 430 Cheshire, CT 06410 800 822-2454 Edward Tufte is a statistician and artist, and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Statistics, and Computer Science at Yale University. He wrote, designed, and self-published 4 classic books on data visualization. The New York Times described ET as the "Leonardo da Vinci of data," and Business Week as the "Galileo of graphics." Visualizing 3 Billion Tweets This is a look at 3 billion tweets - every geotagged tweet since September 2011, mapped, showing facets of Twitter’s ecosystem and userbase in incredible new detail, revealing demographic, cultural, and social patterns down to city level detail, across the entire world. We were brought in by the data team at Gnip, who have awesome APIs and raw access to the Twitter firehose, and together Tom and data artist Eric Fischer used our open source tools to visualize the data and build interfaces that let you explore the stories of space, language, and access to technology. This is big data, and there’s a significant level of geographic overlap between tweets, so Eric wrote an open-source tool that de-duplicated 2.7 billion overlapping datapoints, leaving 280 million unique locations.
aea365 Inbound Website LInks I’m Susan Kistler, the Executive Director for the American Evaluation Association. I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. As part of our monitoring efforts for AEA’s website, we regularly review backlinks –links into a site from another site. Backlinks give you an idea of the level of exposure of a site, the types of ‘friends’ it keeps, and commentary related to the site’s content. For evaluators, checking backlinks can help you to: evaluate a program’s site, programs, and messaging; research a particular client or interviewee; or understand better the references to your own firm’s (or a competitor’s!) website.