As we explained last week, Data Viz News is our most recent weekly column, featuring links to important news, interesting articles, interviews and useful resources posted on the Internet in the past few days. You can let us know if we missed anything interesting (of course we did, there’s so much great content being released, it’s just impossible to get it all in one place), by leaving a comment.
Here are the data visualization links of the week:
Microsoft has released a public preview of GeoFlow, a new 3D visualization tool for Excel which allow users to create, navigate and interact with time-sensitive data applied to a digital map.
Quadrigram tries to bridge the gap between information technologies and professionals looking to build new types of data experiences, such as storytelling with data.
A new television show, due to start April, 22. In each episode, data scientist Jake Porway tackles one of life’s most daunting topics, revealing the surprising science behind them.
LEADS is a distributed platform for sophisticated web analytics that small businesses and non-experts could use as a service.
Human trafficking is one of the most lucrative of all criminal enterprises, and Google believes Big Data can turn the tables on these crime gangs.
A look at the network mapping work by Giovanna Ceserani, uncovering how international travel fostered cultural and academic trends in the 18th century, using data collected from the ‘Dictionary of British and Irish Travelers to Italy, 1701-1800.’
Robert Kosara‘s new article takes a look at the evolution of the knowledge behind the effectiveness of data visualization.
Written buy Arwen Petty, this article points out some of the best practices for creating a useful data visualization.
Two different examples of the use of data visualization, analysed by Paul M. Davis. On one hand, Periscopic‘s animation of the years lost to gun deaths in the U.S., and on the other side, Procter & Gamble’s analytics platform that helps the company’s executives in the decision-making process.
Trying to understand the recent history of open data in the U.S, Jonathan Stray looks at the situation in Taiwan, the country with the highest Reporters Without Borders’ press freedom index in Asia.
Guido Romeo, Wired’s Science and Environment Editor in Italy, talks about the state of data journalism in the country, as well as the opportunities that lie ahead in this field.
The author of “Taming The Big Data Tidal Wave“, Bill Franks, shows why many organizations may not be getting the full benefit of their big data and visualization investments.
One of the most well-known cartographers on the Internet shares his opinion on the apparently growing devaluation of cartography skills by organizations in general.
An overview of this branch of Business Analytics, witten by Keith Boyer. Big Data, the rise of Social Networks and the measurement of qualitative results in digital marketing campaigns are some of the topics of this article.
Washignton Post’s graphics editor Darla Cameron shows how the interactive slopegraph about the Dow 30 tax burden was created.
Interview with Simon Scarr | Visualising Data
Andy Kirk resumes his series of interviews, this time with a nice chat with the former graphics director at The South China Morning Post and soon to be Deputy Head of Graphics for Thomson Reuters, in Singapore.
Justin Kern interviews Andy Rusnak, Americas region leader of Ernst & Young’s Enterprise Intelligence practice (pdf), which covers BI, analytics, performance management and all related integration and presentation layers.
A new open-source bigviz package launched by RStudio’s chief scientist Hadley Wickham, currently available on GitHub. It uses aggregation and smoothing techniques on big data sets before plotting.
In this article, Paul Grabowicz looks at the use of Databases, Data Visualizations and Map Mashups in journalism, showcasing some examples and referencing useful tools and resources to help you get started.
A compilation of tools (free and payed) for mind mapping and visualizing ideas quickly.
Next week’s Data Viz events
SEE #8 (20 April)
For eight years in a row the see conference has been gathering the most creative people and exciting ideas on the topic of information visualization. It will be held in Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany. Details here.
International Symposium on Online Journalism (19-20 April)
The 14th International Symposium on Online Journalism will be held in the auditorium at the Blanton Museum of Art on The University of Texas at Austin campus. More details here.