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All about Portolans : Previous items of the month : Item of the month : Archive & Library : Collections by type : Our collections : Researchers Persia: Bound in an atlas of twenty-four cartographic items titled: 'Seekarten von Battista Agnese Anno MDLIV.d.IV.May.', c.1554 April' s item of the month looks at one of the most fascinating collections in the NMM Manuscript archives: portolan charts.

Twitter StreamGraphs A StreamGraph is shown for the latest 1000 tweets which contain the search word. The default search query is 'data visualization' but a new one can be typed into the text box at the top of the application. You can also enter a Twitter ID preceded by the '@' symbol to see the latest tweets from that user. The Trauma Signature of Hurricane Sandy By James Shultz and Yuval Neria Published November 14, 2012 Two feet of snow blankets the trails of Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia—on Halloween! Eight million mid-Atlantic residents lose electricity. Jamaica takes a direct hit from a newly minted Category 1 hurricane. A cyclone comes ashore south of Atlantic City, trapping coastal residents who ignored evacuation orders.

5 Content Curation Sites for Data Visualization Jon Salm published on July 11, 2014 in Design Infographics, data visualizations, and interactive visual projects are popular for a reason. They capture imaginations, command attention, and teach new things. Smart, dumb, candybar, flip, and brick: a visual history of mobile phones For most of their history, mobile phones have been shrinking. Small meant portable; it even, in the not too distant past, was a sort of status symbol. Remember Motorola’s runaway hit, the ultra-thin Razr? How Many Countries Are There? — CGP Grey Notes & Corrections: There are more places of possible countryhood that weren't mentioned in the video due to time.Sealand is on an abandonden sea fort not an oil rig. Special Thanks: K. Repking & Max Loutzenheiser

BLOG PROGRAMMABLEWEB 23/08/12 Topsy Pro Analytics Provides Instant Social Insight With the rise in big data, organizations are constantly looking to analyze the large amounts that is being generated. The challenge is not just to analyze the large data but also be able to visualize this in almost real time. Topsy, the company that currently manages the largest index of public social data on various networks like Twitter and Google Plus, has released Topsy Pro Analytics (check out the Topsy API) that addresses both those points and gives organizations a powerful analytics tool to gain insight into historical and real-time Twitter data.

SAGES: A Suite of Freely-Available Software Tools for Electronic Disease Surveillance in Resource-Limited Settings Public health surveillance is undergoing a revolution driven by advances in the field of information technology. Many countries have experienced vast improvements in the collection, ingestion, analysis, visualization, and dissemination of public health data. Resource-limited countries have lagged behind due to challenges in information technology infrastructure, public health resources, and the costs of proprietary software. The Suite for Automated Global Electronic bioSurveillance (SAGES) is a collection of modular, flexible, freely-available software tools for electronic disease surveillance in resource-limited settings. One or more SAGES tools may be used in concert with existing surveillance applications or the SAGES tools may be used en masse for an end-to-end biosurveillance capability. This flexibility allows for the development of an inexpensive, customized, and sustainable disease surveillance system.

15 Effective Tools for Visual Knowledge Management Since I started my quest a few years ago searching for the ultimate knowledge management tool, I’ve discovered a number of interesting applications that help people efficiently organize information. There certainly is no shortage of solutions for this problem domain. Many tools exist that offer the ability to discover, save, organize, search, and retrieve information. However, I’ve noticed a trend in recent years, and some newer applications are focusing more on the visual representation and relationship of knowledge. I believe this is in part due to the wider adoption of mind mapping (and concept mapping), and leveraging concepts and advances in the semantic web community. Most traditional personal knowledge management (PKM) or personal information management (PIM) applications offer the same basic set of features:

The Flight From Conversation At home, families sit together, texting and reading e-mail. At work executives text during board meetings. We text (and shop and go on Facebook) during classes and when we’re on dates. My students tell me about an important new skill: it involves maintaining eye contact with someone while you text someone else; it’s hard, but it can be done. Dymaxion Map Also know as the "Dymaxion Map," the Fuller Projection Map is the only flat map of the entire surface of the Earth which reveals our planet as one island in one ocean, without any visually obvious distortion of the relative shapes and sizes of the land areas, and without splitting any continents. It was developed by R. Buckminster Fuller who "By 1954, after working on the map for several decades," finally realized a "satisfactory deck plan of the six and one half sextillion tons Spaceship Earth." Traditional world maps reinforce the elements that separate humanity and fail to highlight the patterns and relationships emerging from the ever evolving and accelerating process of globalization. All flat world map representations of the spherical globe contain some amount of distortion either in shape, area, distance or direction measurements. The word Dymaxion, Spaceship Earth and the Fuller Projection Map are trademarks of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

GIGAOM 21/08/12 Topsy releases pro service to give brands access to analytics Twitter might have recently redesigned its search feature to produce better results, but there’s still a huge market, especially among businesses, for a good Twitter analytics product. Whether a company is searching to see how a hashtag has been used before, or searching to see which parts of the country are most enthusiastic about a particular product, the ability to search tweets is obviously valuable. Enter Topsy, the company that previously wanted to change how consumers search the social web. It plans to announce a Topsy Analytics Pro service on Tuesday, which will allow companies and brands to access a huge amount of data from Twitter.

Spatial Epidemiology & Ecology Research Laboratory (SEER Lab) SEER Lab leads study on space-time stability of plague hosts in Azerbaijan Plague, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, remains a human health risk. The disease circulates in rodent populations and can be a major health threat in developing nations with large […] SEER Lab co-authors study on Georgian livestock brucellosis Brucellosis is arguably one of the most prevalent zoonoses shared between livestock and humans worldwide.

Wikipedia Visualizations IBM: History Flow IBM: Chromogram Tod Holloway: The 'Power Struggle' in Wikipedia Yonathan Feinberg: Wordle This chart is based on the full text of the English Wikipedia article on Barack Obama (19 June 2009 18:06 GMT) The size of a word in the visualization is proportional to the number of times the word appears in the input text.

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