“Edward Tufte has been described by The New York Times as "The Leonardo da Vinci of Data." Since 1993, thousands have attended his day-long seminars on Information Design. That might sound like a dry subject, but with Tufte, information becomes art.
Tufte's most recent book, Beautiful Evidence, is filled with hundreds of illustrations from the worlds of art and science. It contains historical maps and diagrams as well as contemporary charts and graphs. In one chapter alone, there's an 18th-century depiction of how to do a cross-section drawing of how a bird's wing works, and photos from a 1940s instruction book for skiing.”
Nice article in Data-Informed on Todd Mostak who has done fascinating global event analytics even though his background is in economics and anthropology, not computer science
“Through World Map, Mostak worked for the Japan Data Archive, a project to collect data from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The project uses MapD to display several data sets on a map instantly.
Mostak is working with Harvard to visualize the Kumbh Mela, a 55-day Hindu religious festival that happens only once every 12 years that will see more than 80 million people attend. Mostak and MapD will visualize anonymized cell phone data to analyze crowd flow and social networks.
An example of TweetMap, displaying tweets about “hockey” in December 2012.
World Map also serves as a platform for Mostak’s first visualization project, TweetMap, which allows users to look at Twitter heat maps from 125 million tweets sent in three week span in December of 2012.”
About 35 of Microsoft’s 100 employees worldwide employed in those units are now based in the Cybercrime Center, which also includes Microsoft technologies such as Site Print, which can map online organized-crime networks, and PhotoDNA, which helps find and remove some of the worst images of child porn online.
Large touch screens from Perceptive Pixel, a company Microsoft purchased in 2012, line the walls, showing off Excel Power Map, a 3-D data-visualization tool.
In large workspaces cordoned off behind glass walls that can convert from transparent to opaque, forensics teams look over evidence, while malware teams map online-crime networks.
Down another corridor, a line of offices reveal rooms that can be occupied by visiting crime-fighting partners, such as those from law enforcement or academia.
These bright, criss-crossing lines represent 58,000 commercial flight routes, seen from above. "Not many people will have been in space and looked down at these routes," says Michael Markieta, a geographic information services consultant at Arup, in Toronto, Canada.
The international airports flying to the most destinations (more than 200) are Frankfurt, Atlanta, Paris and Amsterdam. All flight data comes from openflights.org -- a crowdsourced database -- and flights are represented in blue, with colour intensity proportional to flight length. "Cross-continental flights that wrap around the globe are dark blue," Markieta explains. When there are many overlapping trips along the same route, he has increased light exposure, so they are collectively brighter. Markieta drew out each flight path by plotting the latitudes and longitudes of every airport and then using an algorithm called Great Circle, which connects the shortest distance between two points on the Earth's surface.
From Tableau a nice look at visualizations of data clusters of significant events in world history using technology available then. They include those around Napoleon's Russian campaign in 1812 and below Jacobs Priestley's "infographic" circa 1765
Best wishes to everyone on the mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts over the next few days as Hurricane Sandy approaches. I spent some time this morning on the StormPulse site looking at different graphics and scenarios. It is mesmerizing with that palette of colors. Click on graphic below to expand. I overlaid clouds and forecast tracks on the base storm graphic. The site allows for several more options.
StormPulse is a paid service – very well worth it if your business or personal interests are influenced by severe weather. The National Hurricane Center provides regular bulletins and (less elaborate) graphics on major storms for free.
If you are interested in the “Big Data” that goes into Hurricane Tracking, download below the chapter on the NHC from my book, The New Polymath