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
8 Articles Discussing Visual and Visualisation Literacy » Seeing Data In many ways we are in a golden age of experimentation and discovery in data visualisation. The popular coverage of data visualisation on the web tends to reflect this, generally concentrating on new projects, new techniques and tools. This is entirely understandable. Greater degrees of discourse about some of the key nuances of visualisation design can be found on blogs and other subject-dedicated websites but visualisation literacy is a relatively under-discussed issue, despite its critical role. Here is a short collection of eight recommended and relevant articles about visualisation literacy – as well as the broader matter of visual literacy – that hopefully capture the value of this study: ‘Reading Visualizations for Beginners’ by Zach Gemignani – published on Juice Analytics. ‘Learning to See’ by Oliver Reichenstein – published on Information Architects. ‘ODI: data literacy will help solve world’s biggest challenges’ by Sophie Curtis – published on The Telegraph. view original
::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.
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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.
5 Best Data Visualization Projects of the Year – 2009 It was a huge year for data. There's no denying it. Data is about to explode. Applications sprung up left and right that help you understand your data - your Web traffic, your finances, and your life. At the same time, there are now tons of tools that you can use to visualize your data. It's exciting times for data, indeed. Data has been declared sexy, and the rise of the data scientist is here. With all the new projects this year, it was hard to filter down to the best, but here they are: two honorable mentions and the five best data visualization projects of 2009. Honorable Mention: MTV VMA Tweet Tracker The MTV VMA Tweet Tracker, a glorified bubble chart from Stamen Design and Radian6, showed the buzz on Twitter over the MTV VMAs. Honorable Mention: Crisis of Credit Visualized We all know there were major problems going on with banks and credit this year, but it's a safe bet that most didn't quite know why. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. There you have it.
Visualising Data » Blog Archive » Essential Resources: Web-based visualisation tools This is part of a series of posts to share with readers a useful collection of some of the most important, effective and practical data visualisation resources. This post presents a collection of the many web-based charting and infographics tools. Some are great, some are less great but they all have a role across this collection of typically free to use, accessible web-based options. People can try them out for themselves and judge to see what works for them. Please note, I may not have personally used all the packages or tools presented but have seen sufficient evidence of their value from other sources. Datawrapper Datawrapper is an open source tool helping anyone to create simple, correct and embeddable charts in minutes. Examples/references: Gallery Plotly Plotly offers a very engaging and user-friendly option for creating a range of visualisations within the browser. Examples/references: Gallery Google Fusion Tables Many Eyes Examples/references: Gallery Polychart Slice Weave Perspective