A Carefully Selected List of Recommended Tools on Datavisualization When I meet with people and talk about our work, I get asked a lot what technology we use to create interactive and dynamic data visualizations. At Interactive Things, we have a set of preferred libraries, applications and services that we use regularly in our work. We will select the most fitting tool for the job depending on the requirements of the project. Sometimes a really simple tool is all you need to create something meaningful. That’s why we have put together a selection of tools that we use the most and that we enjoy working with. Let me answer the most likely questions right away: No, not everything find its’ way into this list, so you might not find your personal favorite.
Michael Deal ◊ Graphic Design Ongoing study of Beatles through infographics, much of which is based on secondary sources such as sales statistics, biographies, recording session notes, sheet music, and raw audio readings. This graphic traces songwriting contributions by different band members (data based on authorial attributions quantified by William J. Dowlding in the book Beatlesongs Longwinded notes: Color patterns offer clues about the band's gradual fracturing as each member became more independent. Red stalks (signifying jointly written songs) decrease in the second half of the timeline; the split-color bars give way to solid bars of a single color. Beatles lyrics contain a number of references to their own previous songs. The shape of each album's pictograph is defined by what keys the songs were recorded in for that album. Longwinded notes: The differences between each pictograph reflect the different relationships between songs within each album. -from Mark Lewisohn's book, The Complete Beatles Chronicle
Showcases on Datavisualization Interactively Explore the YOLO Flip 12 Feb 2014 Showcases Animation, Interactive, Process, Sports In preparation of the Winter Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi, we helped the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung publish a long-form article about Iouri Podladtchikov, a professional snowboarder and – since yesterday – freshly baked Olympic gold medalist. To help readers better understand the sport, we created a series of illustrations and an interactive animation. Read more Analyzing Presidential Candidate’s Body Language 11 Oct 2012 Showcases Politics, Video The New York Times recently examined the body language of the US presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The Champions Ring 18 Jul 2012 Showcases Print, Radial, Sports Deroy Peraza from Hyperakt has published a huge collection of sports championships visualizations using radial brackets. Turn Your Location Into Jewelry With Meshu 08 Jun 2012 Showcases Jewelry, Mapping Meshu is a way to turn location data into physical objects.
Data Wrangler UPDATE: The Stanford/Berkeley Wrangler research project is complete, and the software is no longer actively supported. Instead, we have started a commercial venture, Trifacta. For the most recent version of the tool, see the free Trifacta Wrangler. Why wrangle? Too much time is spent manipulating data just to get analysis and visualization tools to read it. Wrangler is designed to accelerate this process: spend less time fighting with your data and more time learning from it. ::MEDIAPPRO:: Analyse and synthesis of the existing data 1.2.1. Place of the 9 Mediappro partner countries in EU25 A/ Digital access According to the Global Digital Access index 2002 set up by the International Telecommunication Union and aiming at classifying countries into four digital access categories (high, upper, medium and low), the digital access of the 9 Mediappro partner countries is considered as higher or upper on a worldwide scale. Within the EU25, they present a real diversity and an equilibrated repartition. Considering this criterium, the Mediappro consortium should offer a good image of the global situation in Europe. * scale from 0 to 1, 1 is the highest score Source : This index combines eight variables, covering five areas: availability of infrastructure, affordability of access, educational level, quality of ICT services, and Internet use. B/ Internet use Eurostat survey The main findings are : Internet European users (2004)
22 free tools for data visualization and analysis You may not think you've got much in common with an investigative journalist or an academic medical researcher. But if you're trying to extract useful information from an ever-increasing inflow of data, you'll likely find visualization useful -- whether it's to show patterns or trends with graphics instead of mountains of text, or to try to explain complex issues to a nontechnical audience. There are many tools around to help turn data into graphics, but they can carry hefty price tags. The cost can make sense for professionals whose primary job is to find meaning in mountains of information, but you might not be able to justify such an expense if you or your users only need a graphics application from time to time, or if your budget for new tools is somewhat limited. Here's a rundown of some of the better-known options, many of which were demonstrated at the Computer-Assisted Reporting (CAR) conference last month. Data cleaning DataWrangler What's cool: Text editing is especially easy.
Research: Lev Manovich Coins the Term 'Media Visualization' New media theorist Lev Manovich just released a new text, titled What is Visualization? [manovich.net]. One might first wonder if such a question is not too... obvious, but in the light of the contentious discussion about the tension between artistic and scientific representations of data, and whether data art should be called visualization at all, it is always worth covering the basics. The text is quite substantial, so you might want to wait for some quiet time to dive into it. Examples of media visualization include tag clouds, Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen's Listening Post, Brendan Dawes' Cinema Redux, and Ben Fry's Preservation of Selected Traces. In addition, Lev Manovich describes 3 visualization projects developed in his lab: ImagePlot, VisualSense and HiperView. For those with little time, I took out following bits: Well, let's skip this misunderstanding, and continue to the real bits... "In my view, the practice of information visualization .... relied on two key principles.
Setting Data Free With Gapminder Last month Hans Rosling, the Swedish global health professor, statician and sword swallower released a desktop version of Gapminder World, his mesmerizing data visualization tool. Named one of Foreign Policy's top 100 global thinkers in 2009, the information design visionary co-founded Gapminder.org with his son and daughter-in-law aiming to make the world's most important trends accessible and digestible to global leaders, policy makers and the general public. The software they developed, Trendalyzer, (acquired by Google in 2007) translates static numbers into dynamic, interactive bubbles moving through time. Emily Cunningham is a research intern at ReadWriteWeb and a design and user experience intern at OpenMRS.org. What is Awesome Many of same things that make the Web-based version of Gapminder a great tool applies to the desktop version: Graphs are highly dynamic and yet easy to understand and create. Benefits specific to Gapminder Desktop include: What Needs Work In a word: social.
Datavisualization.ch Selected Tools How Teachers Actually Feel About Education Technology [Infographic] How Online Education Has Changed In 10 Years 7.65K Views 0 Likes We all know that education, specifically online education, has come a long way in the last few years. We've already taken a look back - way back - at online education as we rarely think of it (in the 1960's and 70's), but it is also interesting to see just how much online education has evolved in just the more recent past. Why TED Talks Have Become So Popular 6.11K Views 0 Likes TED talks are useful and free ways to bring high-level thinking and through-provoking ideas into the classroom and your home. 5 Things To Know About SXSWedu 5.70K Views 0 Likes The real story for anyone reading this is SXSWedu, the education-oriented version of the conference that's turning into a force of nature. How Social Media Is Used Around The World 8.17K Views 0 Likes In a fascinating infographic, we get a look at how social media is used around the world by a variety of countries.