Nice interactive data visualization from Fathom Information Design of how different countries are aging – if it had countries like Mexico and Pakistan it would also show how the world is getting younger.
Click on the chart above to enlarge. The Wagenstandanzeiger chart shows major trains which stop durinng the day at this DB Bahn platform. It shows the scheduled time, train identifier, its destination and the direction it is heading. Look closer and you see compartment numbers of each train and above them the zones (A, B, C) where they will stop.
Each platform has signs (see below of a station in Berlin and you see zone D clearly and zone C in the distance) so passengers can congregate near their appropriate zone.
Big Deal you say?
Every ticket issued by DB Bahn, even months prior, indicates the train number, platform number, compartment number and your seat numbers within that compartment. It helps organize millions of passengers who show up from many countries many without any knowledge of German or the train system in the country. It saves DB Bahn from having countless staff to ensure smooth boarding in the few minutes a train stops.
Now, think this is a unique chart for each platform in each station in the system. It is prepared months in advance for a system where trains amazingly go in both directions on each track. Think of the millions of routes and stops that are customized in each chart. Think of all the complexity it masks.
Admire its beauty while you wait for your train. Just be aware many of your fellow passengers will check and recheck it often so don’t monopolize the view :)
“There are around 100,000 cameras installed in Macau's casinos, according to industry estimates, with room potentially for another 50,000 over the next five years. "
It's allowed firms such as ours who deal with cutting-edge surveillance technology and video analytics to gain a good loyal customer base in Macau," Graham said.
Bob Ruggles, Pelco's Asia-Pacific business development manager based in Macau, said Asian demand had "allowed us to push our products to the limit" of innovation.
In contrast, he said casinos in Las Vegas had been slow to adapt to advances in digital technology, and some were still using VCR tape, in part because of the costs associated with replacing old analogue systems. "No one (in Macau) uses analogue anymore. Those days are gone," he said”
“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