Archive for August, 2011

August 16th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in STEM

Solving the STEM Dilemma

This topic always gets under my skin a bit. We seem to believe that science, technology, engineering and mathematics are the exclusive avenues to economic prosperity. We should also realize that the art of communication plays just as much of a role in economic success as does STEM – art, music[...]

August 12th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Data Visualizations, Humanities, Miscellaneous

Google Hotel Finder Shines a Tourist Spotlight on US Cities

I found this one via Infosthetics, but got more details about it from the Google blog, Inside Search. It’s a new Google experiment called Hotel Finder, and it is arguably not an infographic. I’m including it here because this is an interesting intersection between raw data and visualizat[...]

August 11th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Data Sources, Humanities

Budget of the United States Government

This may be a bit more than we can handle, if I might employ a double entendre or two.  With all that’s in the news about the U.S. financial situation and its affects across the globe, and our federal governments apparent inability to address the situation, I thought I’d provide you w[...]

August 10th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Humanities, STEM

Why Isn’t America Innovating Like It Used To?

“This is a simple infographic, a basic line graph, the type of which I would have seen in my textbooks in the 1950s and ’60s.  But infographics do not have to be complicated, pictorial, or even colorful to be effective.  The bottom line is, “Does it tell a story in an effective [...]

August 9th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Uncategorized

World History Timeline

As a former history teacher, I’ve seen all kinds of timelines.  This one is interesting in that the two interactive factors are time (of course) and geography.  When you examine the Roman Empire, it starts to make sense.  From Matthew Hurst’s Data Mining blog, This visualization of wo[...]

August 8th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Humanities

Access to education where you live

This is pretty cool.  ProPublica offers an interactive tool for comparing school in your location.  We all know that it’s a fool’s promise.  The issues are so complex.  However, this simple basis may have some value, when factored in with other information.  You type in your zip cod[...]

August 5th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Humanities, Miscellaneous

60 Seconds – Things That Happen On Internet Every Sixty Seconds [infographic]

It’s getting harder to find infographics that are just plain fun.  This one is, but it also delivers a message.  We are engaged in a highly technical and computerized world.  But what surrounds us is conversation.  We tweet, blog, Face, Poster, YouTube, and much much more, and it’s p[...]

August 4th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Data Sources, Humanities

Energy Use Per Capita

This is not a data source in the sense that I usually feature columns and rows of numbers on Thursdays.  Instead, I want to introduce you to a data tool.  It is part of Google’s Public Data Explorer, which provides visualization tools tied to data set uploaded by you and me, and entities lar[...]

August 3rd, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Health, STEM

Illustrating the Relationships between Disease Conditions

I especially like it when an infographic can be personalized, that is, it becomes a person tool for answering specific and important questions.  The Health InfoScape is an example.  I try not to run graphics generated by businesses unless their area of business coninsides with the public interests[...]

August 2nd, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Data Visualizations, Humanities

Why the Future of Transportation Is All About Real-Time Data

This on takes me back to the gov data conference I attended here in Raleigh a few weeks ago. Singapore seems to have taken the concept of open and openly viewable data about their environment to the next level. A central part of the Live Singapore! project is an effort to create a “ [...]