Data comes to life in the hands of Data Artists. Effective Data Storytelling can inspire new ideas and actions. Statistics guru Hans Rosling is a modern day Michelangelo of Big Data. Watch his TED Talk video about “global trends in health and economics“. Hans really gets rolling into this data story at about the 4 minute mark of this video.
Data visualization is the study of the visual representation of data, meaning “information which has been abstracted in some schematic form, including attributes or variables for the units of information”. According to Friedman (2008) the “main goal of data visualization is to communicate information clearly and effectively through graphical means. It doesn’t mean that data visualization needs to look boring to be functional or extremely sophisticated to look beautiful.
Data Visualization Strategy
Edward Tufte @EdwardTufte delivered a great presentation about data visualization strategy for the star studded Tech@State event audience. Tech@State ( @techATstate ) connects tech innovators and those interested in diplomacy and development to enable 21st century statecraft by improving education, health and welfare of the world’s population. The Edward Tufte: Beautiful Evidence (Highlights) video is available here. Edward Tufte’s complete data visualization strategy presentation video is available here, his presentation begins at 14:24.
If your display isn’t worth 1000 words, to hell with it – @EdwardTufte
Data Visualization Tools & Services
Google Data Visualization Services
Google Data Visualization Service provides a variety of charts that are optimized to address your data visualization needs. These charts are based on pure HTML5/SVG technology (adopting VML for old IE versions), so no plugins are required.
Sencha ExtJS Data Visualization Tools
Highcharts Data Visualization Tools
Current Data Visualization Twitter Game Board
Diversity fuels innovation. Sports fanatics have their fantasy football teams. This is my fantasy innovation team. This Data Visualization twitter game board represents people focused on sharing ideas about how to make data make sense.
Apple iPhone AppStore is about to get it’s First Augmented Reality App
AcrossAir creates a very interesting Apple iPhone App. This amazing new application tells Londoners where their nearest tube station is via their iPhones video function.
When you load the app, holding it flat, all 13 lines of the London underground are displayed in coloured arrows. By tilting the phone upwards, you will see the nearest stations: what direction they are in relation to your location, how many kilometres and miles away they are and what tube lines they are on. If you continue to tilt the phone upwards, you will see stations further away, as stacked icons. Only available to Apple iPhone 3GS users.
AcrossAir is working with companies to take advantage of the Apple iPhone platform for everything from fun games to enterprise applications. Our first applications, delivering TV listings for TVGuide.co.uk and our fun game the Fruit Loons, are launching in AppStore in June 2009. Learn more: http://www.acrossair.com/
The first mobile Augmented Reality browser premiers in the Netherlands
The World’s First Augmented Reality Browser. Layar is a free application on your mobile phone which shows what is around you by displaying real time digital information on top of reality through the camera of your mobile phone. Learn more: http://www.layar.com/
I would like to see something like this for the Washington DC Metro. This would also be a nice way to locate the many Washington DC museums.
Inventor of the internet, Tim Berners-Lee is asking for Your data – Linked Data Project
Government Responds with Open Data Sources: Data.gov #Gov20
Vivek Kundra U.S. Federal Government on Government 2.0
The movement toward Government 2.0 is great, this is like a leap toward Government 3.0. I know there are plenty of intelligent/creative people out there that will be able to create some amazing things with http://data.gov
These are exciting times! Opportunities Everywhere!
Opportunity to have Fun Building Government 2.0 Application: Apps For America II
Apps for America is a special contest put on this year to celebrate the release of Data.gov! Sunlight Labs is doing it alongside Google, O’Reilly Media, and TechWeb and the winners will be announced at the Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase in Washington, DC at the end of the Summer.