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Sitegeist Smartphone App Provides Location Insight Using Public Data and Social Media

by   |   December 28, 2012   |   Leave a comment

Want to know the skinny on your community, or the place you’re visiting? Sitegeist, a free smartphone app for iPhone and Android, taps into public data sources and puts them into easy-to-read infographics. It’s an illustration of the power of a clear design and the utility of combining varied data sources. Read More…


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Perpetual Oceans, a NASA Visualization Designed for the Masses

by   |   November 1, 2012   |   Leave a comment

Some visualizations beguile us with their beauty, but be warned: making them takes a bite out of time.

A case in point is the Perpetual Oceans video posted by NASA on social media in March. Though the animation, which shows the flow of the oceans currents over June 2005 to December 2007, was more than two years old, once it landed on Facebook it swept around the Web. Read More…


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An Interactive Map Visualizes Great Lakes Water Currents

by   |   October 5, 2012   |   Leave a comment

Sometimes the best design idea is to borrow someone else’s. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration did just that to illustrate Great Lakes currents. Related Stories Data visualizations on display in wake of wildfires, power outages.        Read more» Read More…


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The OECD Better Life Index: Empowering Users to Sort and Analyze Data

by   |   July 6, 2012   |   Leave a comment

Using cutesy interactive images to illustrate data can run afoul of good taste. Something can be florid instead of floral, for instance. But the OECD found that flowers could make people stop and smell the data in a way that brought home to them its meaning in a powerful new way. Read More…