Several visualization contest deadlines are approaching: Hacking Education Data In Sight Tableau Interactive Viz Contest FlowingData has more information on these. Datavisualization.ch announces a one-day conference called Visualizing Europe, which will take place in Brussels in mid-June. Continue reading Upcoming events
(Deutsch weiter unten) Things have been a bit silent around here for the last days. That’s because I have been busy with a private project of mine: doing a spatial analysis of the exposure of the Swiss population to the dangers of nuclear power plants and writing a report about it. The processing was done … Continue reading Gefährdung der Bevölkerung der Schweiz durch Kernkraftwerke: Eine Analyse
Much has been talked and theorised about, and much has been done to, the London Tube Map, the epitome of the intersection of information design and abstract network cartography. From fourthway comes now a handy tool to draw some interesting comparisons: The Real Underground allows you to morph the current London Underground Map into the 1933 Harry … Continue reading London Tube Maps
In cooperation with local partners MIT’s Senseable City Lab has developed six real-time visualizations of the city of Singapore which is on display since April 8 in the exhibition LIVE Singapore!, co-curated with the Singapore Art Museum. Continue reading “Real-time visualizations of Singapore”
Starting from yesterday the Processing team offers Processing 0195 pre-release for download. Lots of bugs have been fixed and 0195 is considered a stepping stone for a Processing 1.5 stable release in a few days. (via Ben Fry) Continue reading Processing 0195
Recently, I was pointed to Typealyzer, a tool for analysing blog types or, actually, the personality types of the people behind the blog. The information is visualised in a spider chart with eight personality dimensions.
Typealyzer is the doing of Mattias Ostmar and Jon Kågström, the former being a (self-described) media and communication geek and Communication Analyst at Sweden-based PRfekt. Mattias specialises in psychological text analysis. Besides Typealyzer he has several other projects in that field. His website/blog is http://www.mattiasostmar.net and his Typealyzer profile looks like this:
A friend of mine discovered the Seattle Band Map (a.k.a. Cartographic Study of Musical Incest), a project by radio host Rachel Ratner, designer Keith Whiteman and computer scientist Golf Sinteppadon.
As Rachel Rutner describes in the project’s first blog post, she started the map as a nerdy personal project. The goal was to map out the bands she and her friends played in and which were interconnected by shared band members.
In the first draft (on paper) there were about 20 bands of the Seattle region:
Above picture shows a potato-shaped earth. It’s called a geoid and shows the actual (but highly exaggerated) form of our planet. The surface of potato earth represents the form of an ideal surface which water would adopt if it covered the whole earth and if there would be no currents induced by tides or wind. … Continue reading Potato earth
Today’s Economist‘s Daily Chart features a diagram of scientific citations per country: The diagram has two parts: a donut chart showing the proportion of citations per country for 1999-2003 and one for 2004-2008. The (not terribly surprising) story (or at least the interpretation of the numbers by the Royal Society) is that research has become … Continue reading Citation donuts
By filing a legal suit against Deutsche Telekom German politician Malte Spitz (Green party) was able to obtain data recorded under the German preventive data retention act. He chose to publish the data which was collected in the timespan from August 2009 to February 2010 and encompassed exactly 35.831 individual records (Spitz’s phone checked for … Continue reading Geoprofiling using cellphone data (and some volunteered information)
(This post is based on an earlier post in another blog in German)
For quite some time I’ve been following the news about Processing. Processing is an open-source environment for creating visualizations programmatically. The project was initiated by Casey Reas and Benjamin Fry in the Media Lab of the MIT.
Processing encompasses both the Java-based Processing programming language and an Integrated Development Environment, IDE, in which to write code. Processing enables users to generate rather complex graphics and animations (also with interactivity). Considerably fewer code is needed to implement something in Processing rather than in Java itself.
According to the website some of Processing’s feature highlights are: Continue reading “Intro to Processing”