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Tagged with “data” (9)

  1. Data Stories Episode 5: How To Learn Data Visualization (with Any Kirk)

    Hi Folks! We love Andy so much that we decided to keep him with us for another episode (well, actually we hope somebody will eventually pay the ransom). This time we talk about “learning visualization”, which is the perfect topic for him given his experience with his training visualization courses.

    We received many requests of people who wanted to know how to learn visualization in the past. So, here we are with a more than one hour long podcast with the three of us talking about it. We just hope you’ll find the time to listen to the entire episode. If not, the breakdown below can help you chunking it into a few sessions. Have fun!

    Breakdown of the episode

    Introductory thoughts 00:00:00 Intro, Andy Kirk (http://visualisingdata.com) is again our guest 00:01:15 Topic: How to learn visualization 00:01:56 Multidisciplinarity 00:06:31 Reports from teaching practice 00:09:21 Theory and practice – rules vs, free exploration 00:12:24 Do you need to start with a question?

    Basic skills 00:15:43 What is the basic skill set to learn? 00:16:15 Visual variables 00:18:53 Statistics and data analytics 00:19:32 Gestalt laws 00:20:32 The journalistic sense – what is an interesting angle? 00:22:19 Position is everything 00:23:38 Color is difficult

    Process and tools 00:25:05 Tools 00:26:18 Data types and repertoire 00:27:15 Metaphors 00:28:52 Interaction 00:31:27 The role of design 00:32:57 How to get started?

    Learning options and books 00:39:46 Everybody should have a datavis course! 00:41:32 How to learn it yourself? Books, lectures, … 00:42:39 Stephen Few: Show me the numbers 00:43:20 Andy’s first book, and mo is the cinderella of datavis 00:43:52 Readings in Information Visualization: Using vision to think 00:45:09 Edward Tufte: Visual display of quantitative information 00:46:05 Ware: Information Visualization – Perception for Design 00:47:42 Misc. 00:49:23 Our scoop! 00:52:03 Google for “information visualization lecture pdf”

    The craft of visualization design 00:53:43 Now that you know everything – how to do it in practice? 00:55:01 DIY vs. template-based tools 00:57:01 Do you need to learn how to program? Yes, yep, yes, yeah. Me too. 00:58:36 Tools 01:00:17 Finding data 01:02:28 Put it out there 01:04:08 The pathetic misery that is creating data visualizations

    Conclusion 01:05:52 Trying to wrap it up 01:07:13 see conference – and see+ 01:08:44 Trying to wrap it up – again!

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  2. Understanding Folksonomy (Tagging that Works) — dConstruct Audio Archive

    Thomas Vander Wal will provide an overview on tagging services and outline where there is value in tagging. This will focus on what is different in folksonomy that improves upon tagging, so that it becomes a powerful tool. Thomas will provides insights to help answer when to use tagging and/or categories, who should be tagging, the value of a tagcloud (or lack of value) when used properly, and how to create value from tagging to improve the sites and services we build.



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  3. The Urban Web — dConstruct Audio Archive

    Drawing on the story of disease and urban terror from his 2006 bestseller, The Ghost Map, Johnson will launch dConstruct with a keynote address on the information networks that form on the sidewalks and public spaces of urban life. He’ll examine the many ways that those social systems are migrating to the emerging platform of the geoweb. The rise of location-aware devices and increasingly mainstream geotagging presents an unique opportunity to unite the real and virtual worlds, and bring new life to the troubled newspaper industry. But that opportunity is going to require innovative new tools for navigating the geoweb, which the keynote will explore in some detail — including a first look at some new projects under development at outside.in.


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  4. Social Network Portability — dConstruct Audio Archive

    Why is it that every single social network community site makes you re-enter all your personal profile info (name, email, birthday, URL etc.) and re-add all your friends? With new social networks being launched nearly every week, the problem of social network fatigue has gone from being a geeky early adopter problem to being much more widespread.


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  5. Materialising and Dematerialising A Web of Data. (Or What We’ve Learned From Printing The Internet Out) — dConstruct Audio Archive

    A couple of years back Tom Coates talked at dConstruct about ’Designing For A Web of Data’, about the idea that your data, the bits that represent you and are useful or interesting to you on the web, are escaping the confines of particular websites and are getting smeared around the web through services and APIs and widgets and myriad other things. (I hope I’m paraphrasing him fairly.) And then, last year, Matts Jones and Biddulph took that on more and talked about ’Designing For The Coral Reef’ and about how they were spreading Dopplr via that web of data, and onto devices, and asynchronous infrastructures and distributed interwoven systems, and slippy maps and geography, and there was a rubber duck in there somewhere as well.


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  6. FLOSS Weekly 154: Sunlight Labs

    Hosts: Randal Schwartz and Simon Phipps

    Sunlight Lab’s goal is to make US Government data available to you.

    Guest: Jeremy Carbaugh for Luigi Montanez.

    Download or subscribe to this show at twit.tv/floss.

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  7. Everything The Network Touches

    The work we’re collectively doing—opening up gradually all of human information and media, making it recombinable, helping people create and share their work—is a huge unspoken, sexy, world-redefining mission.

    It’s a mission that many of us have become blasé about, almost unaware of. It’s a project so large that it’s hard to get a grasp on. And the next few years are going to get even more interesting as the network pervades physical objects and environments, sensing and manifesting information in the real world.

    It’s time to recognise the scale of the project we have in front of us, the breadth of the material we have to work with, and the possibilities of design within it. All of human knowledge, creativity—even the planet itself—is our canvas.


    Tom Coates is a technologist and writer, focused on the shape of the web to come and on developing new concepts that thrive in it. He’s worked for many prominent web companies including Time Out, the BBC and Yahoo! where he was Head of Product for the Brickhouse innovation team. He’s most known for the Fire Eagle location-sharing service, and for his work on social software, future media and the web of data.

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  8. Information Is Beautiful

    In an age of high-speed living and info overload, visualized information has incredible potential to help us quickly understand, navigate and find meaning in a complex world.

    The use of infographics, data visualisations and information design is a rising trend across many disciplines: science, design, journalism and web. At the same time, daily exposure to the web is creating a incredibly design-literate population. Could this be a new language?

    In his session, David will share his passion for this merging of design, information, text and story to unveil some of the interesting, unexpected and sometimes magical things that happen when you visualise data, knowledge and ideas. And, admitting that his book is as full of mistakes as it is successes, he’ll also explore some of the common pitfalls, traps and FAILS that dog this young design form.

    Using examples from his book and blog, he’ll share thoughts on what makes a successful information visualisation and journalistic tips, especially for designers, on how to zero in on interesting data and subjects—and how designing information can expose your own biases and change your views about the world. Oh yeah!


    David McCandless is a London-based author, data-journalist and information designer, working across print, advertising, TV and web. His design work has appeared in over forty publications internationally including The Guardian and Wired. He champions the use of data visualisations to explore new directions for journalism and to discover new stories in the seas of data surrounding us. His blog and book ‘Information Is Beautiful’ are dedicated to visualising ideas, issues, knowledge and data—all with the minimum of text.

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  9. Bringing Data to the Debate on E-Book Piracy

    http://beyondthebookcast.com/bringing-data-to-the-debate-on-ebook-piracy/ As e-readers and e-books gather momentum in the early days of 2010, some book publishers find themselves on the horns of a marketing dilemma. Do they join the new e-book club to capture sales, or do they stand back to keep their content safe from online “pirates”?

    In a conversation with Chris Kenneally at the recent Digital Book World in New York, media industry consultant Brian O’Leary discussed his firm’s research on the effect on sales when a title finds its way into an unsanctioned online market. The findings – a significant jump in sales – have surprised many in the business.

    Magellan Media Partners Logo“When people hear what we have to say, [they think] I might be saying … I don’t worry about piracy when in fact, what I’m saying is, I don’t worry about piracy that helps sell more books,” O’Leary stressed. “I just don’t know the difference between the piracy that hurts, and the piracy that helps,until we study it.”

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