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“The Future Will Turn Out Alright”: Hope, Opportunity, and Norwegian Vocational Schools

July 30, 2016 by


What makes a good school?  A good school system?  A good society?  Recently, my wife and I traveled to Denmark, Norway, and Iceland, and I came back both heartened and saddened.  The more I learned about education in those countries—particularly in Norway—the more I got to thinking about our own system of education.  Of course, you start by […]

A “New Data Epistemology”

May 17, 2015 by


Does visualizing data change the way you think about that data?  I believe it does.  But so does what data we are collecting in the first place.  This will be a lengthy post.  But stick with it.  In the end, I hope to propose what I term the “new data epistemology.”  It is something I […]

Public Debt and GDP

February 16, 2011 by


Which countries have the greatest public debts relative to the size of their economies? The IMF has a great data mapping tool, which includes the ability to look at historical data and play back changes over time. The following graph comes from their historical public debt database; the graph below was adjusted using PPP. The […]

A New Political Spectrum?

February 14, 2011 by


From Scott Sumner, we have a new way of visualizing the political spectrum. I wonder how many people would self-identify as a corrupt democrat or a corrupt republican? I also think that the words ‘idealistic’ and ‘pragmatic’ are slightly loaded, but nevertheless this is an interesting way to distinguish between values and ideology.

visualizing corruption

February 7, 2011 by


I have been arguing that good data visualization fosters interdisciplinary cooperation, adds to the general understanding of academic topics, and serves to reveal otherwise opaque organizational features of your data.  Now we can add that network visualization can be used outside of academia as well. Orgnet consulting used social network analysis (SNA) to assist an […]

Visualization vs. data mining

February 2, 2011 by


I recently read a post on Fell in love with data by Enrico Bertini, a researcher at U. Konstanz in Germany.  He makes the excellent point that while data mining and data visualization have historically been at odds, they can no longer stay separated due to the demands of the data-rich society we are creating […]

Egypt’s internet blackout

February 1, 2011 by


Craig Labovitz at Arbor Networks brings us a truly dramatic visualization of the internet blackout taking place currently in Egypt. No news as to when or how the major ISP’s will come back online, but there is some speculation that the information blockade may be lifted sometime in the coming days as President Mubarak struggles […]

Mapping the (non-english) blogosphere

February 1, 2011 by


Determining the size of the blogosphere has been a nefariously tricky task that has plagued researchers and pundits of various inclinations since the early 2000’s.  Some estimates put the number of blogs at somewhere around 200-250 million.  Something I realized the other day was that most of the estimates we have are for the English-speaking […]