Visualizing Publicly Available US Government Data Online

Brightpoint Consulting recently released a small collection of interactive visualizations based on open, publicly available data from the US government. Characterized by a rather organic graphic design style and color palette, each visualization makes a socially and politically relevant dataset easily accessible. The custom chore diagram titled Political Influence [brightpointinc.com] highlights the monetary contributions made by the top Political Action Committees (PAC) for the 2012 congressional election cycle, for the...

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The Disappearing Planet: Comparing the Extinction Rates of Animals

The subtly designed A Disappearing Planet [propublica.org] by freelance data journalist Anna Flagg reveals the extinction rates of animals, caused by a variety of human-caused effects, including climate change, habitat destruction and species displacement. Divided into mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, the interactive bar graph allows users to browse horizontally through the vast amount of species by order and family, and vertically by genus. Species in risk are highlighted in...

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GitHut: the Universe of Programming Languages across GitHub

GitHut [githut.info], developed by Microsoft data visualization designer Carlo Zapponi, is an interactive small multiples visualization revealing the complexity of the wide range of programming languages used across the repositories hosted on GitHub. GitHub is a web-based repository service which offers the distributed revision control and source code management (SCM) functionality of Git, enjoying more than 3 million users. Accordingly, by representing the distribution and frequency of programming languages, one...

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Pi Visualized as a Public Urban Art Mural

Visualize Pi [tumblr.com] is a mural project that aimed to use popular mathematics to connect Brooklyn students to the community with a visualization of Pi. It was funded by a successful KickStarter project as proposed by visual artist artist Ellie Balk, The Green School Students, staff and Assistant Principal Nathan Affield. The mural seems to consist of different parts. A reflective line graph, reminiscent of a sound wave, represents the...

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The Key Players in the Middle East and their Relationships

Whom Likes Whom in the Middle-East? [informationisbeautiful.net] by David McCandless and UniversLab is a forced-network visualisation of key players & notable relationships in the Middle East. Next to its expressive aesthetic, the interactive features allow users to highlight individual nodes and its direct connections to others, as well as filter between the kind of possible relationships, such as "hate", "strained", "good" or "love". Reminds me a bit of Mapping the...

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Visits: Mapping the Places you Have Visited

Visits [v.isits.in] automatically visualizes personal location histories, trips and travels by aggregating geotagged one's Flickr collection with a Google Maps history. developed by Alice Thudt, Dominkus Baur and prof. Sheelagh Carpendale, the map runs locally in the browser, so no sensitive data is uploaded to external servers. The timeline visualization goes beyond the classical pin representation, which tend to overlap and are relatively hard to read. Instead, the data is...

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Culturegraphy: the Cultural Influences and References between Movies

Culturegraphy [culturegraphy.com], developed by "Information Model Maker" Kim Albrecht reveals represent complex relationships of over 100 years of movie references. Movies are shown as unique nodes, while their influences are depicted as directed edges. The color gradients from blue to red that originate in the1980s denote the era of postmodern cinema, the era in which movies tend to adapt and combine references from other movies. Although the visualizations look rather...

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A World of Terror: the Impact of Terror in the World

A World of Terror [periscopic.com] by Periscopic shows the reach, frequency and impact of about 25 terrorism groups around the world. The visualization exists of 25 smartly organized pixel plots that are displayed as ordered small multiples. Ranging from Al-Qa'ida and the Taliban to less known organizations like Boko Haram, the plots reveal which ones are more deadly, are more recently active, or have been historically more active. In addition,...

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Metrico: a Puzzle Action Game based on Infographics

Metrico [metrico-game.com], designed by Dutch game design studio Digital Dreams, is a recently released video game for the Playstation Vita. Described as an "atmospheric puzzle action game with a mindset of its own", it's visual style has been completely based on the world of infographics. In essence, the concept of infographics seem to work as a gameplay environment not just because of its pretty aesthetics, but also because of its...

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The Many Factors Influencing Breast Cancer Incidence

A Model of Breast Cancer Causation [cabreastcancer.org], designed by 'do good with data' visualization studio Periscopic illustrates many of the factors that can lead to breast cancer and how they may interact with others. The interactive circos graph is meant to demonstrate the complexity of breast cancer causation, in terms of educating the general public as well as possibly stimulating new scientific research in this direction. Users can explore the...

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