Public Universities Should Use Open Source SoftwareChoosing to go open source is a big deal. It means that when asking for help or new improvements you are dealing with a highly active and generous user community which enjoys helping instead of a corporation which needs to justify the expense of providing customer service by extracting fees either directly or indirectly (through workshops, "support costs", etc.). 1. Open source platforms attract a different kind of user. Frequently university affiliated, open-source users tend to be much more generous with access to their work such that it may be possible to piggy back on the work developed by other universities or agencies which already ask many of the same questions you would like to ask. This is almost certainly not to be the case when using proprietary software primarily deployed by corporations which will in contrast guard access to their resources and copyright their content. 2. 3. 4. 5. Thanks for reading this far.
The “Rules” of Data Visualization Get an UpdateGeoff McGhee is a journalist and data visualizer at Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West. Data Points is a new series where we explore the world of data visualization, information graphics, and cartography. In the past decade, computer-aided data visualization has migrated from the halls of science and academia into journalism, marketing, political discourse, and many other parts of everyday life. A lively conversation has developed online about data visualization, with blogs and social media accounts devoted to critiquing them. With his 2012 book The Functional Art, the journalist and educator Alberto Cairo helped tie together many strands into a compelling and easy-to-follow guide to data visualization and information graphics. Through your journalism work, teaching, workshops and books – and now Massively Open Online Courses, you've done as much as anyone I can think of to popularize data visualization and infographics.