Guest Post: The Future of Data Visualization Data is everywhere - and readily accessible The open data movement is finally beginning to have some real impact. Governments are beginning to open up and give people access to the data they have rights to. Some corporations are realizing they don’t need to keep closed doors on all of their data, especially if they are doing the right thing anyway. The number of places to find open data on the web is growing rapidly, and shows no signs of slowing. A D3 visualization of unemployment in the US from Nathan Yau, data via the BLS Technology determines how we develop and consume visualizations The devices we use to view data visualizations have changed drastically with the advent of tablets, smartphones and other portable computing devices.
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Information graphics Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends. The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization, information design, or information architecture. Overview Infographics have been around for many years and recently the proliferation of a number of easy-to-use, free tools have made the creation of infographics available to a large segment of the population. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have also allowed for individual infographics to be spread among many people around the world. In newspapers, infographics are commonly used to show the weather, as well as maps, site plans, and graphs for statistical data.
Turn Data Into Visuals: 28 Apps that Generate Reports and Charts Humans love patterns—in fact, our superior ability to process patterns is what sets us apart from other species. We still need help drawing conclusions from data, though. That’s where reports come in: They provide a visual overview of information, From summarizing work expenses to recapping research findings, reports help sort connect the dots. But no one has the time to dig through data, make charts and lists, and turn every single project and activity into a report. Scientists Say Infographics Can Save Morons From Themselves. Really? It’s a sad fact of our cultural moment that anyone can marshall their own "facts" to support just about any argument or political position imaginable. (Thanks, Internet.) What’s worse, psychology studies have shown that rebutting factually impoverished arguments with actual facts has precisely the opposite effect one would hope: it actually makes people cling even tighter to their fictions. Is there anything that can cut through this Gordian knot of nonsense? According to researchers at Dartmouth College and Georgia State University, infographics might do the trick.
Reporting & Visualization Having data can add a lot of value to a company, but having data and not interpreting it right, is worth nothing. With the right interpretation and the right visualization, you can introduce new insights, and take hold of the opportunities that your data presents. It is time for a fresh view on old data. Challenges companies are facing: The data is there, but the insights are notEach department in a company has its own dashboardData is spread over numerous, incompatible systemsResults are prone to human error due to various end-user computing applicationsManagement is not always confident on the accuracy and completeness of resultsData is not always processed into informationData is incomplete or lacking in quality Where Did My Post Go? (beta) Where Did My Post Go? (beta) I am a bot that posts GIFs generated from the reblog networks of posts that you submit home Submit a Post archive About Contact
nytlabs Tagging and annotation have long been some of the most important tasks that a news organization undertakes. The tags that we attach to articles enable nearly everything that happens to that article after publication: how we recommend related content to readers, how search engines index our site, how ads are targeted and more. Currently, at The New York Times, those tags are applied at the article level.
The 20 best tools for data visualization It's often said that data is the new world currency, and the web is the exchange bureau through which it's traded. As consumers, we're positively swimming in data; it's everywhere from labels on food packaging design to World Health Organisation reports. As a result, for the designer it's becoming increasingly difficult to present data in a way that stands out from the mass of competing data streams. One of the best ways to get your message across is to use a visualization to quickly draw attention to the key messages, and by presenting data visually it's also possible to uncover surprising patterns and observations that wouldn't be apparent from looking at stats alone. And nowadays, there's plenty of free graphic design software to help you do just that.
nytlabs We see a moment coming when the collection of endless streams of data is commonplace. As this transition accelerates it is becoming increasingly apparent that our existing toolset for dealing with streams of data is lacking. Over the last 20 years we have invested heavily in tools that deal with tabulated data, from Excel, MySQL, and MATLAB to Hadoop, R, and Python+Numpy. These tools, when faced with a stream of never-ending data, fall short and diminish our creative potential. In response to this shortfall we have created streamtools &emdash; an open source project that provides a general purpose, graphical tool for dealing with streams of data.
7 Data Viz Sites to Inspire Your Creative Eye In the age of data overload, "big data" and "data visualization" are major buzzwords, and they'll likely grow even bigger as we gather more information on a daily basis. With data visualization on the rise, we rounded up seven sites to help you find useful ways of interpreting big data, as well as infographics that parse information into visually pleasing graphics. These sites range from aggregation blogs to how-tos to tools that allow you to create your own visualizations. Check out the list, and let us know in the comments below what your favorite site is for data visualizations.