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Visualizing Information

Visualizing Information

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Amazing software: Macabre, but important use. Palantir donated software to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in support of a four-part investigative series on the global trade and illegal trafficking of human tissue.

(illustration by Julia Rothman)

The Tent of Tomorrow was the world’s largest roadmap. Sponsored by Texaco, this giant facsimile of the Rand McNally map of New York state was composed of large squares of polished Terrazzo. The Map was one of the most popular features of the World’s Fair, especially among residents of New York, who”walked the map” looking for their home town. For the 1965 season, many more towns were added to the map at the request of fairgoers who noticed their town missing during the 1964 season.

If high school anatomy covered this, maybe I wouldn't have gotten so sick to my stomach... Or at least it would have been from the sugar and not from looking at guts all day...

Infographic from the 1870 census showing distribution of religion by state. The infographics from this census are amazing.

Text based visual analysis of the bible categorized by positive and negative sentiment.

Each node denotes an ingredient, the node color indicates food category, and node size reflects the ingredient prevalence in recipes. / via jed

Venn diagram that shows the intersections of the Greek, Latin and Russian alphabet


This fantastic contraption, called the ‘Routefinder’, showed 1920s drivers in the UK the roads they were travelling down, gave them the mileage covered and told them to stop when they came at journey’s end. The technology – a curious cross between the space age and the stone age – consisted of a little map scroll inside a watch, to be ‘scrolled’ (hence the word) as the driver moved along on the map. A multitude of scrolls could be fitted in the watch...

Gregor Aisch visualizes the digital divide by mapping ip addresses vs places vs population

New York's Museum of Modern Art invited five teams of architects, planners, ecologists, engineers, landscape designers, and other specialists in the urban and suburban condition to develop proposals for housing that would open new routes through the mortgage-foreclosure crisis that continues to afflict the United States. Their focus was not the inner city, but rather the suburbs, which are often passed over in the push of development toward an ever-more-distant periphery. / via jen

Paradigms of Science "Abortion" on Wikipedia Science-Related Wikipedian Technology Hypothetical Model of the Evolution and Structure of Science As the amount and complexity of scientific data increases, the need to better visualize that information becomes more important. In the new book Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know, author Katy Börner gathers hundreds of examples of scientific maps, data charts, and timelines that span both geography and history--the book includes Claudius Ptolemy's Cosmographia World Map from 1482. These data-driven graphics aren't always well-designed -- some are simple and direct, others require a PhD to decipher -- but the book does illustrate the way scientific culture is becoming increasingly visual. Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know by Katy Börner The globes pictured here are not flat. Artist Ingo Günther sculpted nearly one hundred different globes, all representing different sets of data for his exhibition. The image to the left represents TV ownership, fertilizer pollution, and internet users worldwide. Others (see link below) indicate even more culled global data, including car populations, fuel consumers, and energy consumption. Artist Ingo Günther's aim is to create social and political change through the simple sharing of otherwise unavailable to the public. We imagine a 3D exhibition of this data is pretty arresting. [Click here for full view of the image] There are plenty of illustrated versions of the periodic table of elements. But the table here was created using slightly different methods: The designers of the Visual Elements project used 3D modeling to create images of elements that are more lively and relatable. These images were placed on top of fractal designs--another expression of math and geometry's role in life. An interactive version is available online at [Click here for full view of the image] This map illustrates the nations containing oil reserves worldwide. Using only color, the designers show which countries supply the world with crude oil, by billions of barrels. It's part of a much larger (and much more complex) infographic of the history, growth and profit of oil over the years. [Click here for full view of the image] This map indicates the highest activity "scientific productivity" in 2003. The number of scientific papers published are the variable and the greater the size of the circle, the greater the number of papers published. The locations of top scientific activity are Boston, London, and New York. [Click here for a full view of the image] Using the same scheme as the previous graphic, this graph instead charts IP address ownership in 2007. Both images are nearly identical, leading to the conclusion that internet connectivity and access to the outside world at large have some connection with advances in science. The United States, Japan, and Great Britain hold the great number of IP addresses. Three years have passed, and the nations with the largest numbers of people on the web are still largely the same. However, two billion people are reportedly on the web now, and with those numbers growing, there's a good chance this map will look very different in five years. [Click here for full view of the image] When the creators of this graph mention "scientific paradigms" they are referring to the tools and information already being used by scientists. This chart was created by analyzing over 800,000 scholarly papers in 2003. Each bubble in graph represents a different scientific paradigm. The darkest red bubbles correspond to the paradigms with the most active and recognized research surrounding it. The lighter reds represent fields with less credence in the scientific community, and the white circles represent fields with the least clout.