In the data visualization world, the big news of the week came from IBM, with the notice that Many Eyes will be shut down – in just a few days, according to Computer World. Launched in 2007, this was one of the first free online tools available out there, but didn’t evolved much. In 2013, there were some changes, mainly in the design, an effort by IBM’s Business Analytics group, but it looks like that was it, now that the website is displaying the following message:
“The Many Eyes website is being retired from service. IBM is pleased to offer Watson Analytics, a free cloud-based service for smart data discovery, to all Many Eyes members. Look for more details coming soon.”
It’s always sad to see these projects end, but the original announcement message, the one that included the date June 12, was replaced by this new one, so let’s hope that, at some point in the near future, an alternative solution may be found.
Now, let’s move on to interactive highlights of the week:
In Pieces | Bryan James
Opening our highlights, an interactive exhibition turned study into 30 of the world’s endangered species. Each species has a common struggle and is represented by one of 30 pieces which come together to form one another. The collection is a celebration of genic diversity and an attempting reminder of the beauty we are on the verge of losing as every moment passes.
The counted | The Guardian
The Guardian’s interactive team launched this dashboard-style special about the number of people killed by police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States throughout 2015. The goal is to monitor their demographics and to tell the stories of how they died. Outside contributions of any information that may improve the quality of the data are welcomed.
Fallen.io | Neil Halloran
Another highly-spoken recent visualization, the Fallen of World War II is actually an interactive documentary that examines the human cost of the second World War and the decline in battle deaths in the years since the war. The 15-minute data visualization uses cinematic storytelling techniques to provide viewers with a fresh and dramatic perspective of a pivotal moment in history. The film was written, directed, coded, and narrated by Neil Halloran.
And now, all the other interactive graphics of the week:
How the Clinton Foundation is organized | The Washington Post
2015 Women’s World Cup Predictions | FiveThirtyEight
The Fortune 500: 60 years of growth | Fortune magazine
Stacking Up the Presidential Fields | The New York Times
A history of cities in 50 buildings | The Guardian
Decisions that matter | Carnegie Mellon University
Premier League first XIs compared | Financial Times
#NBAFinals on Twitter | Twitter
Time to close this selection, but we’ll be back next week with more Interactive Inspiration. Until then, have a look at all the examples of interactive visualizations and maps that we have on Pinterest.