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10 significant visualisation developments

Interesting collection of visualization developments:


10 significant visualisation developments: January to June 2011 Visualising Data (July 7th, 2011)

Workshop: Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation

Announcement of Workshop: Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation August 9-13, 2010 Ann Arbor Michigan

Instructors: Chuck Humphrey, Head of the Data Library, University of Alberta Jim Jacobs, Data Services Librarian Emeritus, University of California San Diego

Data Visualization Without Computers


Vintage Infographics From the 1930s, Flowing Data (Sept. 11, 2009). Some examples from Willard Cope Brinton's 1939 book Graphic Presentation.


- jim


ICPSR's Myron Gutmann to head NSF Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate

U-M's Gutmann to head NSF Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate, University of Michigan News Service, July 27, 2009.

Gutmann, who specializes in historical demography and population-environment relationships, currently directs the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR). He begins his NSF position Nov. 2.

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After the hype: Behind the Scenes of the Wolfram Alpha Search Engine

There was a lot of hype when the new search engine WolframAlpha was launched earlier this year.  An article in the current issue of Technology Review does a better job of explaining how it works and how it fits in with other search engines. more...

The Petabyte Age

The June 23, 2008 issue of WIRED MAGAZINE (issue 16.07) has several stories about large datasets.

The Petabyte Age: Because More Isn't Just More -- More Is Different

More on polling cellphone users

Cellphone Numbers Just Don't Add Much To Political Polling, By Carl Bialik, Wall Street Journal, February 1, 2008.

Should Americans Be Able to Complete the Census Online?

Using examples from Canada, Norway, and Australia, this report recommends that the U.S Census Bureau provide an online data collection option for all major household surveys that allow a paper response including the Census and promote the Internet survey response option as a secure, low-cost, and time-saving option.
Given the increasingly digita

Cellphones Challenge Poll Sampling

A new report from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) reports preliminary results that have implications for surveys that rely on telephone interviews. (Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January – June 2007, by Stephen J. Blumberg, Ph.D., and Julian V. Luke, Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics.) more...

Data analysis as performance art

Data analysis as performance art is the title of a posting on Jon Udell's blog where he introduces a really nicely done screencast comparing local and national crime data using ManyEyes, the online visualization software hosted by IBM.

I found the screencast, Crime in New Hampshire: Exploring the data, interesting for several reasons:
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