Data Voucher - Technology Strategy Board Innovation Vouchers Do you have an early stage business idea that can take advantage of open data? Do you need access to particular skills, expertise or technology to prove your idea or further develop and accelerate the development of a working prototype? This Innovation Voucher is available to support SMEs, entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups who see value in using open data to invent new propositions, develop ideas to proof of concept stage or innovate on existing products and services to find new value. Please make sure you read the guidance carefully on what open data is and how you can use it - this is not an 'open call' for projects in any topic area. You need to show us how your idea will make use of or generate open data as a business opportunity.
Life Expectancy - Our World In Data Life expectancy has increased rapidly since the Enlightenment. Estimates suggest that in a pre-modern, poor world, life expectancy was around 30 years in all regions of the world. In the early 19th century, life expectancy started to increase in the early industrialized countries while it stayed low in the rest of the world. This lead to a very high inequality in how health was distributed across the world. Scraping for… by Paul Bradshaw Scraping - getting a computer to capture information from online sources - is one of the most powerful techniques for data-savvy journalists who want to get to the story first, or find exclusives that no one else has spotted. Faster than FOI and more detailed than advanced search techniques, scraping also allows you to grab data that organisations would rather you didn’t have - and put it into a form that allows you to get answers. Scraping for Journalists introduces you to a range of scraping techniques - from very simple scraping techniques which are no more complicated than a spreadsheet formula, to more complex challenges such as scraping databases or hundreds of documents.
Thematic Cartography Guide Welcome! In this short guide we share some insights and tips for making thematic maps. Our goal is to cover the important concepts in cartography and flag the important decision points in the map-making process. Life Below 600px Some people would have you believe that you aren't reading this. Why? Because it's not 'above the fold'. Above the fold - a graphic design concept that refers to the location of an important news story or a visually appealing photograph on the upper half of the front page of a newspaper. But you are reading it, aren't you? Even if it goes even further down the page, way below the fold.
The top 20 data visualisation tools One of the most common questions I get asked is how to get started with data visualisations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practise – and to practise, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, I want to introduce you to 20 different tools for creating visualisations: from simple charts to complex graphs, maps and infographics. Almost everything here is available for free, and some you have probably installed already. Advertisement Entry-level tools
Discovering Gale Crater: A VR experience from the L.A. Times Best experienced over a wifi connection Loading initial data Controls: W / S: Forwards / Backwards A / D: Left / Right R / F: Up / Down Q / E: Roll left / right Up / Down: Pitch up / down Left / Right: Yaw left / right Shift: Speed up By Armand Emamdjomeh Take a virtual reality audio tour of the Gale Crater, including geological features and areas that appear to have been carved by flowing water.
The Who, What, Where, Why, When and How of Infographics Who, what, where, why, when and how are the fundamental questions that journalists are taught to ask when they collect information for a story.When you design and publish infographics, you in essence assume the role of a brand journalist. The following are some questions that can help you synthesize your ideas, taken from the book, The Power of Infographics: Using Pictures to Communicate and Connect with your Audiences, by Mark Smiciklas. Who
A Gorgeous Atlas of New York Tree Species Though New York can sometimes seem like a drab warren of chain-link fence and oily pavement, the city actually has an impressive number of trees. On the streets alone—not counting private properties and parks—there were 592,130 at last reckoning, a leafy explosion you can now peruse in this great visualization of tree species. Jill Hubley, a Brooklyn web developer whose last project involved mapping local chemical spills, made the chlorophyllous cartography with data from the 2005-2006 Street Tree Census. Zoomed out, it looks kind of like oodles of stained cells under a microscope: But drilling into the neighborhoods reveals tremendous detail.
Siruca Pictograms™, the first Open Source project of Fabrizio Schiavi I’d love to design a lot of new picts for my Siruca Pictograms™ but I can’t find the time, so I asked collaboration to some others icon designers. You can participate to the grow of this project if you like. I’ll publish it just below the text in this page with your name and a link to your site. Don’t worry if you don’t know any font editor, you can send me a Freehand, Illustrator or any vectorial file with your design and I’ll fix it.
Open Science, H1N1, Processing, and the Google Spreadsheet API I’ve recently been working on a project with my friend Jennifer Gardy, whose insights into epidemiology and data modeling led me to build Just Landed. Jennifer is currently working at the BC Centre for Disease Control where, among other things, she’s been looking at data related to swine flu genomics. She came to me with an interesting idea for visualizing data related to historical flu strains, and I thought it might be an interesting project for several reasons. First, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and thinking around the concept of open science and open research, and thought that this project might be a good chance to test out some ideas. Similarly, I am very interested in the chance to use Processing in a scientific context (rather than an artistic one) and I hope this might be a way to introduce my favourite tool to a broader audience.
Discovering Gale Crater: How we did it Remember when virtual reality first became a "thing?" We loved Snow Crash and Lawnmower Man. We were pumped. Then we waited — for 20 years.