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Map Tools for Devs This is a great time to be a geodeveloper. There’s more spatial data, geo-processing tools, geo enabled storage and mapping tools than ever. Let’s start with storage – not too long ago geo developers had two choices, file formats or proprietary object-relational databases. Today there are production ready open source object-relational databases such as PostgreSQL/PostGIS and MySQL; even mobile devices have lightweight databases with spatial capabilities such as SQLite. In addition to traditional object-relational databases, NoSQL databases such as Cassandra, CouchDB, and MongoDB have a spatial capabilities. Big Table clones such as Hbase can also store spatial data and there is ongoing work for developing a spatial index which facilitates spatial queries and operations. Manipulating spatial data and performing analysis used to be dominated by specialized proprietary Geographic Information Systems (GIS) desktop software. Mapping Ecosystem

Data Visualization: 4 Swingin’ Infographics | Graphic Swing Data Visualization: 4 Swingin’ Infographics Data visualization has become an active area of research, teaching, and development. In this series, I will showcase every week some of the most creative infographics and data visualization examples. This first installment will feature four beautiful and creative infographics that we found very inspiring. The Socially Optimized Business The anatomy of an agency The Lifecycle of a Web Page on StumbleUpon You may have heard the stat that StumbleUpon drives more traffic referrals than any other social media site. SPAM: More than an Annoyance? You may also check out: Amazing Infographics by Oliver MundayAmazing Infographics by James WestInfographic: The Internet In 2015 Is the Dawn Of Zettabyte EraThe Periodic Table of TypefacesInfographic: The 20 Most Expensive Keywords in Google AdWords

| Meipi Team Let’s Crowdsource a Database of Websites about Data Journalism! While doing research for a PhD on data journalism in Brazilian newsrooms, I have recently stumbled upon the need to analyse what reporters and researchers abroad are talking about the subject. But I was soon after confronted with the absence of a comprehensive database or other resource listing websites and weblogs on visualization, investigative techniques, CAR, and all other newsrooms practices labelled as data journalism. So, using a humble Google Docs spreadsheet, I started one. Data journalism is big in Brazil right now, and there is a fair number of reporters sharing techniques and discussing the recently sanctioned Freedom of Information law. One of them is CAR pioneer José Roberto de Toledo, who writes Vox Pública and is the head of the data team at O Estado de São Paulo. Since the untimely death of blogrolls, unfortunately, it has become increasingly difficult to let the Web do the research job.

Datavisualization Map of Life and CartoDB « The Map of Life It’s been an exciting month for Map of Life! We had a great time at TDWG 2011 in sunny New Orleans, where John Wieczorek and I presented Map of Life‘s big dream: to use existing maps to make better maps of where species actually are. John and Aaron Steele also presented some radical ideas about hooking CouchDB and CouchApp together to build simple, powerful applications. Their switch in strategy made us wonder if perhaps we could pull that off with Map of Life, too. It was in this frame of mind that we attended Javier de la Torre‘s demonstration of CartoDB, a Google Fusion Table-like application to store and render mapping data. Over the last two months, we’ve been working on moving our map tiling infrastructure to leverage CartoDB while continuing to use Google App Engine for indexing and searching. A set of scripts which upload data into a CartoDB database, and;A frontend which queries and accesses that database to create a map to show our users. Like this: Like Loading...

Nervous System – explorations in generative design and natural phenomena Have you ever done a puzzle that has no beginning or end? Where you don’t know up from down? Get lost in the infinite galaxy puzzle. The infinity puzzles are […] Read Article → Ever wanted to get a closer look at what goes into making one of our 3D-printed Kinematics dresses? Read Article → The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Sydney, Australia commissioned Nervous System to create a new Kinematics Dress for their exhibit, Out of Hand: Materializing the Digital, which runs […] Read Article → Our Cell Cycle and Kinematics apps don’t only give you the ability to design your own Nervous System jewelry–they also allow you to order those designs in a variety of […] Read Article → We’ve continued to enjoy collaborating with clients on custom engagement rings during the first half of 2016. Read Article → This winter, we found out about a kickstarter for new 3D-printable ceramic called Porcelite by Tethon3D. Read Article →

Data Visualization [infographie] Ukraine : la démocratie en dictature ! L’Ukraine, un bien beau pays qui est dans l’actualité en ce moment pour de bien tristes raisons… Malgré les vaillants efforts de l’opposition en Ukraine, le Parlement ukrainien a adopté une loi brutale qui dirige le pays en plein dans la dictature. Sont interdits en vertu de la nouvelle loi (sous peine d’emprisonnement) de conduire des voitures dans des colonnes qui dépassent cinq véhicules longs, de mettre en place un système sonore (émission ou réception) non déclaré, les « perturbations de masse » sont passibles de 10 à 15 ans d’emprisonnement, des informations sont collectés sur la police ou les juges, j’en passe… (l’image en grand format) Bref, comme souvent je vous invite à rester vigilant autant que possible sur vos droits, vos libertés et à rester informés tout en informant… et à militez avec vos propres moyens, si vous le pouvez! source Êtes-vous adepte du multitasking ? (voir l’image en grand) Et vous, êtes-vous « multitâche » ?

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