Infoviz for the people: Mass media mentions

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Increasingly, it seems, mass media outlets are talking up infoviz. Great news for us here at Synoptical Charts, but more than that, helpful for people in businesses that demand clear, concise and logical communication. In other words, everybody. Today’s installment, … Continued

Happy New Year: 2011

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My New Year’s gift to all y’all is this recommendation: RUN DON’T WALK to download Google Refine. (No affiliation, just a satisfied customer.) Refine is an app that expedites data cleaning, thereby eliminating hours and hours of tedium and letting me … Continued

Amazing repository of population data

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Data nerds like me will enjoy wallowing in the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, a massive collection of U.S. Census microdata that’s been made available to anyone for social and economic research. From the website: IPUMS-USA is a project dedicated … Continued

Anatomy of a deficit

The “socially liberal, fiscally conservative, and academically rigorous” (per CQ) Center on Budget and Policy Priorities presents this (literally) graphic depiction of the U.S. government deficit over the next decade. The deficit for fiscal 2009 was $1.4 trillion and, at … Continued

VizChallenge

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Urging users to be “Data Rockstars” (oy), software company Tableau is sponsoring a visualization contest. Entrants are to select and depict one of two data sets: proposals for US stimulus projects or data from 2007 mortgage applications around the nation. … Continued