Data Visualization

#Dataviz, a popular topic #eval11

Just finished my second, and final, presentation on data visualization.  One thing that is not hard to miss, evaluators are really interested in data visualization.  Every session put on by the newly formed Data Visualization and Reporting Topical Interest Group was full to the brim, standing/sitting on the floor room only. And, because this is…

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Geographer approach to data visualization: Geocommons

I think we sometimes take maps for granted. Think of all the very specific elements that make maps work; points representing cities, imaginary lines separating countries, latitude, longitude, and countless others. At some point these did not exist. These visualizations have been in our lives long before the existence of computers. Today, with the combination…

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Programmer approach to data visualization: Processing and Ben Fry

When it comes to innovative data visualization, web programmers are leading the charge.  The coolest visuals are often produced by those with a knack for code.  Maybe someday that will be me…I’ll just jot it down on ye olde priorities list… Programmers are superstars of cooperation.  There are so many open source tools and communities…

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The design approach to data visualization: Visual.ly

Last week we saw the launch of visual.ly, an online space to explore, share, and (one day) create data visualizations.  I’m a big fan of attempts to explain complex concepts through visualization.  I’m also very comfortable with complex datasets, of course there are many who are not.  Data visualization makes data approachable. Data visualization is…

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