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The Potential for Data Visualization in Education

October 22, 2011 by


I have been spending my free time during the last couple of days putting together a paper for an upcoming e-learning conference in Austin, TX (Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education).  The theme, which at least I find potentially very interesting, is using data visualization in education, both for teaching and assessment. A colleague […]

[Repost] Taxonomy vs. iconography in data visualization

October 3, 2011 by


This is a repost from a previous date. During college I worked at the University of Chicago Special Collections, where they keep the old, valuable, and/or particularly noteworthy volumes in the Library’s collection, among other things. It is a very, very cool place (if you are in Chicago, it is definitely a place to see […]

INGO’s and the beauty of implied correlation

March 27, 2011 by


A while back I read an article (Turner 2010; available here) that explained the rapid growth in the number of international Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO‘s) as a function of  of demographics and the structure of economic systems in developed countries. Essentially, the authors argue that an over-supply of cultural and economic elites led to the creation […]

Why visualize data? We don’t know (yet)

March 13, 2011 by


What is the ultimate goal of data visualization?  A recent post on Jan Willem Tulp’s blog outlines some of the controversies in how, and why, you communicate data visually.  Writing about the Dutch InfoGraphics Conference 2011: The keynote was presented by Gert K. Nielsen, the founder of Though he is a great speaker and […]

Global android activations and the power law

March 7, 2011 by


I recently saw a video mapping the rates of global android activations.  While very nice looking, it also piqued my interest because I noticed something that has been kind of bothering me recently.  That thing is, of course*, the power law. Alright, so first the video. It comes right from the android developer’s youtube channel, […]

Visualizing the Geometry of Crime

February 23, 2011 by


I worked for some time on a research project on international criminology. Mostly what I learned was that crime data tend to be pretty thorough in developed countries and really quite bad in the developing world. Luckily a group of researchers (Frank et al. 2011) got a hold of five years of real-world crime data […]

Asynchronous collaborative information visualization

February 18, 2011 by


What is Asynchronous Collaborative Information Visualization?  That’s a good question. A group out of Berkeley’s visualization lab (Heer et al. 2007; website here) argue that despite the great advances in made in computer-aided data visualization in the past half century, designers and academics in general have ignored the potential for social visual analysis.  They propose […]