Jon Udell and Joshua Allen from the MIX Lab have published two great articles about interactive information visualizations. Jon's "Visualization Trends For The Noosphere" goes into some of the challanges and opportunities of data visualization using the technology available today. Joshua presents "5 Tips for building effective infographics". We really enjoyed the insights into the development process of the MIX team. Read more
The small Flash application I created displaying conversations on Twitter using the swineflu hashtag has been updated. A tooltip reveals the author, publishing date and content of the Tweet by hovering over the heatmap. Watching the applet in fullscreen mode gives you plenty of space to discover interesting Tweets. Read more
Nathan from FlowingData has created a list of 37 websites that cover data & information visualization related topics. Beside the beloved usual suspects like Infosthetics and VisualComplexity he mentions some newer blogs too. We’re proud to have made it to the list together with some of our favourite RSS subscriptions. Read more
Another great news story for open data: The US Senate voting record is now available in machine-readable XML format. It's not a complete API that could be used by developers in much more sophisticated manner but new feed of data is very welcome. Read more
Here & There is a project by Schulze & Webb striving to deliver the experience and imersion of a 3D map combined with the ease of usage and clearity of a 2D map.
I just loved the explanation why their doing it:
Because the ability to be in a city and to see through it is a superpower, and it's how maps should work.
You can order your printed copy of the map what I highly recommend. Read more
The World Bank has recently released their first API. The original description of the data gives a good overview: The World Bank API offers developers information contained in the most popular World Bank databases. From projects to data and photos, you can access information by country, by type or by topic. Read more
Google released an experimental version of Flu Trends limited only to Mexico. The algorythm distinguishes between topical searches about the flu and searches by users who may actual experience flu symptoms. The application has a hard challange to proof itself in perspective of the huge interest in the topic. The visualization is a combination of a stacked linechart displaying the flu activity and a map showing the values geographically. Read more
Great news from Google! A small subset of public datasets is now made searchable and the results are displayed on top of the regular Google search results. Maybe a move to more sophisticated search results as seen in Wolfram Alpha? As we know, Google has a wide range of visualization methods at hand (see Google Visualization API), so I think the datasets will be visualized in an adequate way. Read more
We’ve worked some more on the data feed for the records of swine flu cases. The data is now more granular with seperate items for suspected cases, lab confirmed cases, withdrawn cases and total deaths by country. The feed url is: http://pipes.yahoo.com/wiederkehr/extendedswinefluThe source can be cloned at Yahoo Pipes Read more
The NY Times Interactive team has put together an interactive visualization displaying the spread of the swine flu virus. The applet is a static map with interactive markers showing the amount of confirmed cases. The Guardian has created a similar application but their version shows the spread in relation to the past dates which helps to understand correlations and directions of the spreading. Read more
Jeff from Neofromix analyzed the promissing looking visualization tool called "Circos". Read more
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