Visualization Roundup: Are Pictures Easier Than Math?

May 5, 2012

Want your data to have visual impact? Visualizations can be a great tool, and MakeUseOf provides some strong examples in “5 Coolest Places to Find Visualizations on the Web.” Be judicious in their use, though, some visualizations are just distracting.

MakeUseOf’s Ryan Dube writes:

“I went out in search of some other sites that offer cool and interesting ways to represent data in a non-text manner. Visualizations let you display a huge volume of information or statistics in a very small space, making them an excellent way to present study results or poll results in a way that is really easy to understand and to spot patterns.”

Dube returned from his search excited about five sites. IBM’s history flow graphically displays the editing history of Wikipedia pages. It clearly illustrates times when a page was spitefully deleted, as well as insight into the growth of certain topics. (It’s also kind of pretty.)

Despite its name, FleshMap is not R rated, though I’d give it a scholarly PG-13. This site focuses on human desire, exploring “the relationship between the body and its visual and verbal representation” in popular culture. It might be best explored after leaving the office.

The last three sites, IBM‘s Many Eyes, Visualizing.org sponsored by GE, and UC Berkeley‘s Visualization Gallery, each serve up large collections of visualizations. Much time could be wasted at any of these sites. Oh yeah, and if you want to create visualizations yourself, they can also provide a wealth of examples.

Cynthia Murrell, May 5, 2012

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