Edward Tufte is perhaps the country’s foremost evangelist for the clean, clear and rich presentation of complex information. The Obama administration’s stimulus package is flooding the economy with 787 billion dollars for employment and public works projects. Put the two together, as Obama did earlier this month when he nominated Tufte for the stimulus advisory board with the hopes that the public will have a fighting chance of understanding where the stimulus money went and what it’s doing.
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Socrata CEO Kevin Merritt on Open Data: Merritt and host Adriel Hampton discuss open data principles, open standards and APIs, and how to use social principles to get more value out of government data.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is a pretty important person when it comes to the 21st century. He pretty much invented the World Wide Web, and currently leads the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
He’s also a big proponent of linked data — a concept that he says differs somewhat from open data.
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.
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Ian Ayres, author of Super Crunchers: How Thinking by Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart
The book is a great survey of how analytical tools are allowing us to reach a whole new set of understandings about how the world works. Netflix uses regression to figure out what movie you may like, as eHarmony does the same for mates. Randomization allows JoAnn Fabrics to figure out if the picture of a sewing machine or a starburst with 20% will work better at getting customer to buy. Governments, medicine and filmmakers are all making use of Super Crunching. Ian and I talk about tools, the wisdom of crowds, when super crunching doesn’t work, and how he used all of this to improve his book. From http://800ceoread.com/podcasts/archives/2007_08.html 28:09 8.29.07
As the streams of data that surround us increase, a challenge has emerged for media organizations. How do we show the information in ways that people will both understand and enjoy? That’s exactly Amanda Cox’s job at the New York Times. In 2005, Amanda became a graphics editor there and since then, she and her colleagues have turned the new practice of interactive data visualization into something of an art.
From http://www.abc.net.au/rn/scienceshow/stories/2010/3090466.htm After a long campaign dating back to 2006, the UK government has released once classified data, changing the previous secrecy code purveying over government work and data sets. Naomi Fowler reports on what’s changed since the once secret data has been released. So is publishing data the new default position for government in the UK? Proponents argue releasing data allows new enterprises to emerge and site satellite navigation is a prime example.
Metropolitan Information Architecture: The future of UX, Databases, and the (Information) Architecture of complex, urban environments – Don Turnbull, John Tolva
What does location mean for UX? How does information architecture and design synchronize with urban architecture? How does mobile communication and web culture impact the streetscape? Are we living in facets of the same virtual city or does location still constrain us?
In this session, Don Turnbull and John Tolva look into these and other questions as they discuss research and designs unveiling how our interactions with both digital and physical environments are changing.
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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