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Announcing the World Data Visualization Prize – A $40K Dataviz Challenge

We’re launching a dataviz challenge in partnership with the World Government Summit. (A little something to keep your creative neurons firing over the holidays.) The focus is how governments are improving citizens’ lives – via environment, happiness, technology or other areas of support. We’re supplying the datasets and themes. You provide data-visualizations that tell a...

Announcing the World Data Visualization Prize – A $40K Dataviz Challenge

We’re launching a dataviz challenge in partnership with the World Government Summit. (A little something to keep your creative neurons firing over the holidays.) The focus is how governments are improving citizens’ lives – via environment, happiness, technology or other areas of support. We’re supplying the datasets and themes. You provide data-visualizations that tell a story or reveal something interesting about the data. Winning works receive cash prizes of up...

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Modern reproduction of 1847 geometry books

Euclid’s Elements is a series of 13 books produced in 300 BC that forms a collection of mathematician Euclid’s proofs and definitions. In 1847, Oliver Byrne recreated the first six books “in which coloured diagrams and symbols are used instead of letters for the greater ease of learners.” Nicholas Rougeux recreated Byrne’s work with an online interactive version: This site was created to bring Byrne’s colorful edition to life by...

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Soup-Salad-Sandwich space

The debate rages on about the categorization of food items as soup, salad, or sandwich. Is a hot dog a sandwich? It has meat in bread. At what ratio of solid to liquid does a stew become a soup? The Soup-Salad-Sandwich Space makes the classifications more explicit. You’re welcome. Tags: food, humor, sandwich

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Ages in Congress, from the 1st to the 115th

As I watched Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai field questions from the House Judiciary Committee it was hard not to feel like there was a big gap in how the internet works and how members of Congress think it works. Many suggested the gap was related to age, so I couldn’t help but wonder how the age distribution has changed over the years. You can see the median age shifting older,...

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✚ Google Fusion Tables Shutdown, Lack of Preservation, and Finding Alternatives

Google announced that Fusion Tables will be laid to rest, which highlights a need for preservation of visualization for the long-term. Read More

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Apps gather your location and then sell the data

The New York Times takes a closer look at the data that apps collect and what they know about you: At least 75 companies receive anonymous, precise location data from apps whose users enable location services to get local news and weather or other information, The Times found. Several of those businesses claim to track up to 200 million mobile devices in the United States — about half those in...

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NYT hits the trifecta with this market correction chart

Yesterday, in the front page of the Business section, the New York Times published a pair of charts that perfectly captures the story of the ongoing turbulence in the stock market. Here is the first chart: Most market observers are very concerned about the S&P entering "correction" territory, which the industry arbitrarily defines as a drop of 10% or more from a peak. This corresponds to the shortest line on...

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World’s Biggest Data Breaches & Hacks [UPDATED]

Another week, another three data breaches. Track the biggest and most notable of the last ten years in one interactive dataviz. » See the graphic » Check the data Generated by our forthcoming VizSweet software.  

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Single-Income Occupations

About 18 percent of couple households are single-income. I wanted to know what the earner in these homes usually do. Read More

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Appreciating population mountains

Tim Harford tweeted about a nice project visualizing of the world's distribution of population, and wondered why he likes it so much.  That's the question we'd love to answer on this blog! Charts make us emotional - some we love, some we hate. We like to think that designers can control those emotions, via design choices. I also happen to like the "Population Mountains" project as well. It fits nicely...

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