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Mapping technologies

Mapping technologies
Interactive, 14 Nov 2013: Who would have thought that the marriage of two tiny little words - pine from the Latin 'pīnus' meaning "sap, juice" and apple from 'apple' meaning "apple" would have split the UK from the rest of the world way back when it was first recorded in 1398? And what about the word orange? Or beer? Or bear? Or church?

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Javascript and SVG: Back to the Future Happy New Year! One of the things I am looking forward to in 2012 is yet more improvements in the no-longer-humble web browser. The move towards ‘web apps’ has made browser manufacturers focus on the speed at which users can interact with a page (usually this is done via javascript). This has brought with it remarkable improvements to the usability of complex, interactive data graphics. By way of example, I’d point you to the following page, making sure you are using a modern browser (Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or IE9+). The graphic uses open SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) content (not Flash) to show an interactive map of commuting patterns within Greater London (just mouseover the map to see dynamically-generated ‘flows’) Infographic Of The Day: Cellphone Calls Reveal The United States's Invisible Ties The lines between states and even countries are pretty arbitrary: The ties you have with people 50 miles away aren't going to be too-much affected by some imaginary line drawn up 200 years ago. What if you could remap the United States -- not by geography, but rather social ties? MIT's Senseable City Lab has done just that, by analyzing mobile-phone calling patterns across the country. By looking at calls between cellphones, they've revealed states and cities that are closely connected -- and similarly, regions which aren't nearly as closely connected as you'd think. Here's their main result, color-coded by regional affiliation: You see all sorts of super-states emerge: Arizona and New Mexico are closely bound, as are Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, The Carolinas, Louisiana and Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, New York and New Jersey, and all of the New England states.

Visual thinking guides This presents nine sources of visual thinking guides: Exploratree, Gamestorming, LexIcon, Education Oasis, TeacherVision, Freeology, Education Place and Writing Fun. Exploratree hosts a set of interactive thinking guides. This is a free web resource where you can use the guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them and work on them in groups. It is aimed at schools and students, but has ideas for thinkers of all ages.

Downloads Gapminder Slides Download Gapminder’s slides, free to modify and use in any way you like! Here are the slides used in our public presentations and TED talks. Gapminder Tools Offline Handouts & Lesson plans (PDF) amMap: Interactive flash maps Features Main features Highly customizable – every aspect of the map can be styled using built-in configuration options or CSS.Create multi-level drill-downs.Create map charts (heatmaps or otherwise known as choropleth maps).Use any images in any format as map markers.Support for real-life latitude and longitude coordinates.Apply built-in or custom textures.Display multi-segment lines and routes.Customize initial and user-controllable zoom options.Control the map via JavaScript API (change data and configuration options, simulate user interactions, attach custom funcitonality to various events, etc.)

svgweb - Scalable Vector Graphics for Web Browsers using Flash Overview SVG Web is a JavaScript library which provides SVG support on many browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. Using the library plus native SVG support you can instantly target ~95% of the existing installed web base. Once dropped in you get partial support for SVG 1.1, SVG Animation (SMIL), Fonts, Video and Audio, DOM and style scripting through JavaScript, and more in a small library. Your SVG content can be embedded directly into normal HTML 5 or through the OBJECT tag. If native SVG support is already present in the browser then that is used, though you can override this and have the SVG Web toolkit handle things instead.

OECD Better Life Initiative Average personal index for Germany, men, 15–24 How’s life? There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics – This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life. Getting Started With Mind Mapping Software This new How-To Guide collects some of the best articles from this blog on how get started with mind mapping software. It provides answers to questions such as why should I use mind mapping in my work? What features should I look for? Desktop This software has been renamed to Gapminder World Offline Because of technical problems the software on this page is no longer being maintained! Please visit Gapminder World Offline (Beta) instead. Gapminder Desktop

Fusion Tables - Gather, visualize, share tables online Bust your data out of its silo! Get more from data with Fusion Tables. Fusion Tables is an experimental data visualization web application to gather, visualize, and share data tables. StatPlanet Plus StatPlanet Plus is an advanced version of the award-winning free StatPlanet mapping and visualization software. It has a user-friendly yet feature-rich interface for exploring and analyzing data through interactive maps and visualizations. It supports shapefile maps, custom Flash maps, large data sets, custom logo embedding, and many other additional features compared to the standard edition of StatPlanet.

Timeline of Major Events & Trends on Datavisualization Peter von Stackelberg designed this complex timeline of social, technological, economic and political events and trends from 1750 to 2100. Each time series shows graphs, events and categories on a common scale. The purpose of the timeline is to provide a visual tool for looking at events across a relatively long period of time and identify patterns and interrelationships involving a broad range of factors. Identification of patterns is particularly important when attempting to look at the future of complex social, technological, economic, and other systems.

Tinderbox A new era for Tinderbox: the tool for notes. Tinderbox 7 is faster, more expressive, and more helpful than ever – the invaluable tool for capturing and visualizing your ideas. Composites build big ideas from small notes Gorgeous new fonts make your work even more legible Quick links connect notes instantly Hundreds of improvements Whether you’re plotting your next thriller or writing your dissertation, designing a course, managing a legal practice, coordinating a campaign or planning a season of orchestral concerts, Tinderbox 7 will be your personal information assistant. Now available: Tinderbox 7.0.3 Tinderbox stores and organizes your notes, plans, and ideas.

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