5 Tips For Building Effective Infographics— Information Visualization is a hot topic. ... Infographics (short for Information Graphics) are part design, part data visualization. Like generic data visualization tools such as charts and graphs, infographics typically represent some data in a way that a viewer can quickly understand. But infographics are customized specifically to the data, topic, and audience - each infographic is essentially a creative work that gets a point across.(30. January 2009)
Chris Jordan - E Pluribus Unum— Depicts the names of one million organizations around the world that are devoted to peace, environmental stewardship, social justice, and the preservation of diverse and indigenous culture. The actual number of such organizations is unknown, but estimates range between one and two million, and growing.(30. November 2009)
Chris Jordan pictures some shocking stats— Chris Jordan: Picturing excess Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics -- like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day.(31. January 2008)
Clickstream Data Yields High-Resolution Maps of Science— Intricate maps of science have been created from citation data to visualize the structure of scientific activity. However, most scientific publications are now accessed online. Scholarly web portals record detailed log data at a scale that exceeds the number of all existing citations combined. Such log data is recorded immediately upon publication and keeps track of the sequences of user requests (clickstreams) that are issued by a variety of users across many different domains. Given these advantages of log datasets over citation data, we investigate whether they can produce high-resolution, more current maps of science.(11. March 2009)
Deb Roy: The birth of a word— MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language -- so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son's life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch "gaaaa" slowly turn into "water." Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.(28. February 2011)
Debategraph— Our goal is to make the best arguments on all sides of any public debate freely available to all and continuously open to challenge and improvement by all.
Facebook connections map the world— Facebook intern Paul Butler has been poring through some of the data held by the social networking firm on its 500m members. The map above is the result of his attempts to visualise where people live relative to their Facebook friends. Each line connects cities with pairs of friends. The brighter the line, the more friends between those cities.(14. December 2010)
Google Fusion Tables API— A product launched recently in Google Labs, Fusion Tables is a free service for sharing and visualizing data online. It allows you to upload data, share and mark up your data with collaborators, merge data from multiple tables, and create visualizations like charts and maps.(14. December 2009)
History of Religion— How has the geography of religion evolved over the centuries, and where has it sparked wars? Our map gives us a brief history of the world's most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Selected periods of inter-religious bloodshed are also highlighted.
Hologram messaging coming of age— It has long been a staple of science fiction films - the idea that you could send a moving 3D representation of someone to any location, even on another continent.(4. November 2010)
In graphics: Rising Asia— The BBC's Power of Asia season examines how economies in the region have changed over the past 30 years. Use the chart builder below to compare countries in terms of wealth, health, life expectancy, education and energy consumption.(14. June 2011)
mc-goog-visualization— MC_Google_Visualization provides simple support for integrating Google Visualization charts and graphs with your own internal database. It includes a complete parser for the Google Visualization Query Language.
Notes on the brain— Becoming a musician messes with your brain. But in a good way. The cognitive benefits that a musical training can produce are so diverse and impressive – improved visual, spatial, verbal, mathematical and motor skills, for instance – that you could be forgiven for thinking this is why all children should have one. But think twice before you make this the reason to enrol little Phoebe for violin lessons. If we start valuing music only for its advantageous cognitive side-effects – as a kind of multivitamin for the brain – and not because it cultivates our humanity, we’ll have forfeited its soul.(4. June 2010)
Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world— An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy.(19. October 2011)
Scientific Method: Relationships Among Scientific Paradigms— This map was constructed by sorting roughly 800,000 published papers into 776 different scientific paradigms (shown as pale circular nodes) based on how often the papers were cited together by authors of other papers. Links (curved black lines) were made between the paradigms that shared papers, then treated as rubber bands, holding similar paradigms nearer one another when a physical simulation forced every paradigm to repel every other; thus the layout derives directly from the data. Larger paradigms have more papers; node proximity and darker links indicate how many papers are shared between two paradigms. Flowing labels list common words unique to each paradigm, large labels general areas of scientific inquiry.(7. April 2010)
sixthsense - a wearable gestural interface— Arguably the most useful information that can help us make the right decision is not naturally perceivable with our five senses, namely the data, information and knowledge that mankind has accumulated about everything and which is increasingly all available online. Although the miniaturization of computing devices allows us to carry computers in our pockets, keeping us continually connected to the digital world, there is no link between our digital devices and our interactions with the physical world. Information is confined traditionally on paper or digitally on a screen. SixthSense bridges this gap, bringing intangible, digital information out into the tangible world, and allowing us to interact with this information via natural hand gestures. ‘SixthSense’ frees information from its confines by seamlessly integrating it with reality, and thus making the entire world your computer.
The Billion Dollar Gram— This image arose out of a frustration with the reporting of billion dollar amounts in the media. That is, they’re reported as self-evident facts, when, in fact, they’re mind-boggling and near incomprehensible without context. But they can start to be understood visually and relatively, IMHO.(30. November 2008)
The human genome in 3D— Scientists have worked out the 3D structure of the human genome. Their findings, published in Science magazine, reveal how long strands of DNA code are folded and tightly packed into the nucleus of a human cell. Unfolded, the cell's genome - those strands of DNA code - would be approximately 2m in length. The team showed how this is organised into a tight ball to fit inside a nucleus, which is about one hundredth of a millimetre in diameter.(10. October 2009)
The Universe Within— View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.
Topic Maps— ... is an independent consortium of parties interested in developing the applicability of the Topic Maps Paradigm to the World Wide Web, by leveraging the XML family of specifications as required.
Ushahidi :: Crowdsourcing Crisis Information (FOSS)— The Ushahidi Engine is a platform that allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email or web and visualize it on a map or timeline. Our goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response.
Visualising identity, leadership and creative change— I've worked with several visual facilitators who can picture the minutes of a meeting but Tim is different; not only does he record the day, he also brings a sharp intellectual analysis and clear contribution to the conversation.(8. October 2009)
Visualization of Organization— The Union of International Associations (http://www.uia.org) has had a long-term interest in information visualization. Already in 1971, a 16mm film about the work of the UIA in this field was produced, thanks to Mr Anthony Judge (former Assistant Secretary-General of the organization).
What do you suggest?— Using data from Google to make suggetions on where you might like to go next, What Do You Suggest is an experimental and interactive environment designed to explore how we use language and search on the internet.