Visualizing with Google Fusion Tables(2/22/2011)-Google Fusion Tables is a web-based system that can “fuse” multiple sets of data and visualize them. You upload spreadsheets or choose data sets, then apply filters and display the result. When you’re done you can email a link to your visualization or embed it into a blog post. If the data are updated, your […]
Speedy presentations Ignite creativity(2/8/2011)-A while back, I wrote about Pecha Kucha, a speed presentation technique. I recently discovered an even speedier variation, called Ignite, which is sponsored by O’Reilly Media.
Google visualizes 2010 search data(12/14/2010)-Google has created a look back at 2010, based on the billions of search queries people typed in this year. The Google Zeitgeist 2010 website features a wealth of map-based visualizations and bar charts to help make sense out of the data. Don’t miss the dropdown menus under “United States” and “Other Regions” at the […]
Amazing visualization video(12/3/2010)-Here’s an excerpt from the BBC’s “The Joy of Stats” series, hosted by Hans Rosling, the popular Swedish professor who brought us Gapminder. If you want to see more of Rosling, try his TED video. (tip o’ the hat to Andrew Williams-Clark for sharing the video)
Mapping the news(6/4/2010)-The Washington Post’s TimeSpace provides quick, map-based access to articles, media and commentary. Zoom in on the hot-spots or use the timeline to see peaks in coverage or view items from a particular day. There’s a general world map or you can explore topics like the oil spill disaster, earthquakes, and swine flu. There’s even […]
Cool image viewing tip(5/11/2010)-Cooliris is a browser plugin I have mentioned before that provides interactive slide shows of online images. In “My Own 2.0: uCoolIris Demo at Northern Voice” Alan Levine at CogDogBlog explains how to use the CoolIris tools to do a unique presentation.
Visualization contest(3/22/2010)-ReadWriteWeb and Tableau Public are sponsoring an Interactive “Graph” Contest. Released last month, Tableau Public is a free tool for making interactive graphs, dashboards, maps and tables (ReadWriteWeb is a blog about tech products and trends). To enter the contest select one of their four data sets, then create and publish a “viz” on your […]
Infographics in the classroom(3/12/2010)-Yesterday I read an article at Bionic Teaching that featured an “infographic” by Stephen Taubman. Based on a cheesy 2009 sci-fi flick, Taubman’s Mega Shark poster explains the physics of an enormous creature leaping out of the ocean and bringing down an airplane (I’m not making this up). It’s a beautifully crafted image that cleverly […]
Creating seriously good comics online(3/4/2010)-I have always wished I could draw, but I don’t have the talent and I never had the patience to learn how. One of the reasons I was (pardon the pun) drawn to computers back in the ’80s was that they provided tools for creating great-looking visuals. Many of us have used PowerPoint for this […]
Zooming in with Prezi(2/19/2010)-Prezi is an online alternative to PowerPoint that lets you create a canvas of text and visuals, then identify a path from one item or group to another. When you show the presentation, Prezi zooms in on each successive item. If something is placed at an angle, the canvas rotates as it zooms in.
Horizon Report – visual data analysis(2/11/2010)-[This is part of a series on the annual Horizon Report, which identifies technologies likely to impact teaching, learning, or creative inquiry.] Visual data analysis refers to the use of advanced computers to visually display complex data in meaningful ways. This technology is expected to have wide impact on teaching and learning four or five years […]
Visualization tool bonanza(12/21/2009)-Theresa Neil recently assembled a long list of tools for creating graphs, charts, diagrams, calendars, gauges, maps, pivot tables, and more. See “28 Rich Data Visualization Tools” at O’Reilly’s “Inside RIA” (Rich Internet Applications) blog. The illustrations are so pretty, you should go and look at the article even if you’re not all that interested […]
Software to help map a concept(11/20/2009)-A concept map or “mind map” is a diagram showing the relationships among concepts. It is a graphical tool for representing knowledge.
SmartArt in MS Office(11/17/2009)-Okay, I admit that I do not carefully study the list of new features every time a piece of software is updated. Bad Chris — for shame! I usually stumble on the bits I missed sooner or later. A good example is the way a recent post in Alex Ambrose’s EdVibes alerted me to SmartArt. […]
More on word clouds(11/17/2009)-A while back I wrote a post titled, “Using word clouds.” Last week and this week, George Williams at ProfHacker has a great deal to say on that subject. He provides some detailed examples of word clouds based on poetry, as well as some great links to sites like the New York Times Visualization Lab. […]
Open source calculus with interactive applets(11/5/2009)-When Alex Himonas agreed to publish his course materials on Notre Dame’s Open CourseWare (OCW) website he had three goals: 1) help students decide which calculus course to take, 2) enrich the learning experience, and 3) reach outside of Notre Dame.
Using Word Clouds(10/22/2009)-In a word cloud graphic, the relative occurrence of each word in a text is represented by size – words appearing most often in the text show up the largest in the picture. Tag clouds are a variation of this, using the descriptive words found on many social media sites. For this post I used Wordle.net […]
Visualization widgets(9/23/2009)-The Simile project at MIT is offering free, open-source widgets that let you create data visualizations on web pages. The four options are “Timeline,” “Timeplot,” “Runway” (creates a cover flow), and “Exhibit” (supports sorting and filtering). Below is an sample of a “Runway” visualization. Learn more at http://www.simile-widgets.org/ I tried the widget myself (http://learning.nd.edu/runway/). The […]