Posts tagged with ‘data visualization’

stoweboyd:

Map of a tweet.

stoweboyd:

Map of a tweet.

Via The Great Beyond
 
The world’s nuclear reactors as you’ve never seen them…

Via The Great Beyond

The world’s nuclear reactors as you’ve never seen them…

An infographic is only as good as its dataset. Without figures, there is no story, just a  nifty—albeit inconclusive—image.
And while some tech companies can be notoriously tight-lipped about product releases and other information (we’re looking at you Facebook), one of the most unconventional, but revealing datasets that companies readily provide are their press releases.
In this February post from ReadWriteWeb, writer Pete Warden data-mines press releases from Apple, Google and Microsoft to surface trends in their corporate strategy, based on word frequency in publicly available comments. The wordles Warden created show the concentration of words and concepts, and reveals that Apple is still focused on the Mac brand, while YouTube is at the heart of Google’s public pronouncements (from its official blog), along with “search” (obviously), and “mobile.” Microsoft’s focus appears to be spread across “technology,” “health,” “solutions,” and business-related initiatives.

An infographic is only as good as its dataset. Without figures, there is no story, just a  nifty—albeit inconclusive—image.

And while some tech companies can be notoriously tight-lipped about product releases and other information (we’re looking at you Facebook), one of the most unconventional, but revealing datasets that companies readily provide are their press releases.

In this February post from ReadWriteWeb, writer Pete Warden data-mines press releases from Apple, Google and Microsoft to surface trends in their corporate strategy, based on word frequency in publicly available comments. The wordles Warden created show the concentration of words and concepts, and reveals that Apple is still focused on the Mac brand, while YouTube is at the heart of Google’s public pronouncements (from its official blog), along with “search” (obviously), and “mobile.” Microsoft’s focus appears to be spread across “technology,” “health,” “solutions,” and business-related initiatives.

The estimated damage from Japan’s combined earthquake and tsunami make it the world’s most expensive natural disaster since 1965. The world’s second most costly natural disaster also took place in Japan, the 1995 Kobe Earthquake, whose losses totaled nearly 2 percent of the country’s GDP, according to this graphic compiled by The Economist. 

The estimated damage from Japan’s combined earthquake and tsunami make it the world’s most expensive natural disaster since 1965. The world’s second most costly natural disaster also took place in Japan, the 1995 Kobe Earthquake, whose losses totaled nearly 2 percent of the country’s GDP, according to this graphic compiled by The Economist. 

Bloomberg is Looking for a New Global Head of Data Visualization

The head of DV has the unique opportunity to develop the global leadership of Bloomberg in the area of data visualization. The successful applicant must be a recognized industry leader, have strong creative, editorial and technology experience, clear vision and a commitment to help Bloomberg become the most trusted name in news. In addition to a thorough grounding in graphic design and the aesthetics of data visualization, the head of DV must have the necessary mathematical / statistical skill set to identify, manage, and build data visualizations from the huge data sets available to Bloomberg. The successful applicant must have the potential to understand and embrace Bloomberg’s unique culture - a culture that, as our founder Mike Bloomberg has written, venerates openness, dedication, cooperation, performance, growth and fanatical service to customers. The head of Data Visualization will have operational and strategic responsibilities. We aren’t a think tank. We move quickly and we produce great results.

h/t Rafat

(Source: jobs.paidcontent.org)

 
Understanding the Social Mindset of the Internet
“One of the biggest challenges facing businesses today is adjusting to the use of the Internet as a community and conversational tool rather than simply a broadcasting medium. It’s human nature to want to “belong” with other like-minded people. As a result, groups have been forming on the Internet to facilitate this.”

Understanding the Social Mindset of the Internet

One of the biggest challenges facing businesses today is adjusting to the use of the Internet as a community and conversational tool rather than simply a broadcasting medium. It’s human nature to want to “belong” with other like-minded people. As a result, groups have been forming on the Internet to facilitate this.”

Why journalists should learn to love data →

Journalists are notorious for hating anything to do with math. If we’d been any good with numbers, I often joke, we might have chosen a different career. But it’s essential for today’s journalists to get comfortable working with data, and the good news is that more and more of them are. What’s changed?”

The Secrets of Killer Infographics Revealed

So, you like infographics, huh?

We know, because we do too. Not only do they look nifty, but a well crafted infographic can add many extra dimensions to a story, or present the facts in a way that words alone simply cannot convey.

But for the interested observer the question remains, how do I make compelling, innovative and shareable infographics to astound my friends? Wonder no more! 

(Source: thinkbrilliant.com)

Danish Designer Takes Infographics Off the Page

One shortcoming of even the best infographics is that data visualization is still just a clever way of looking at numbers. Danish designer Peter Ornoft has taken infographics off the page, photographing representations of data in real-world context, with a recent series of charts on hot-button topics.

On his website Orntoft writes:

The project deals with data from a list of the social related interests of the Danish people. The list is the result of an opinion poll from a major consultancy company in Denmark. I have used the context of specific opinion polls within each interest to shape and design diagrams. By doing so the receiver understands more layers of information about the data.

The image above captures Danish sentiment about immigrants wearing symbols of their Islamic faith in public. Others deal with opinions on healthcare and the effects of gang violence.

(Source: GOOD)

Is this video about regenerative braking a data visualization? Is it an infographic? Does it matter?

While the discussion rages about whether infographics have ‘jumped the shark,’ the conversation about just what is an infographic, and what is data visualization is unfolding on answer’s network Quora, and skillfully synthesized by Alex Williams of ReadWriteWeb.

The terms infographic and data visualization are used so interchangeably  that the meaning has become muddied, or even lost. But as storytellers look for engaging, new ways to tell stories, and as our lives generate ever more data, the infographic, er…data visualization, will continue to grow in prominence as a part of the storyteller’s toolkit.

(Source: readwriteweb.com)