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Learning About Data Visualization

Even though there is an art to visualization design, it stands to reason that this is a skill that can be taught / learned. I remember going to campus visits with my daughter, and hearing about a textbook considered to be a timeless classic – teaching students how to draw. What a concept – I guess I had always imagined an innate, magic ability (that I, of course, never had).

Then again, musicians start learning to read …

Art and Science of Data Visualization (Part 2)

Just a little more theory and background on Data Visualization, to eat up the rest of your weekend. Unlike the McCandless video, this video will take some time investment – but well worth it, if you want to charge your batteries on this topic.

(via Flowing Data ) From earlier this year, Martin Wattenberg gives a talk on data and visualization. Some interesting points:

Data visualizations work well with large data sets …

Art and Science of Data Visualization

“Data Visualization” has been an extremely active and popular topic for a few years – we can use Google’s Timeline search feature to see the growth in interest since 1980:

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That local high in July of this year was due in no small part to David McCandless’ Information is Beautiful talk at TED this past summer. It appeared in my RSS stream here, here, …

Data Visualization: How (2 of 2)

… the Goal? and, Where to Begin?

I previously talked about the growing calls for effective data visualizations; we have access to all this great information, and there are insights in there somewhere – but we need just the right point of view to rise above the cloud of data and see the real opportunity. It helps if you have experienced that rush of insight when looking at a particularly impactful graphic; not just a good looking slide, it calls out something important in a particularly …

Data Visualization: Why (1 of 2)

… requests and breathless vendors, I am getting caught up in the growing tide of interest in “data visualizations” – managers requesting highly interactive, highly graphical, highly intuitive analytics interfaces (think Minority Report ). But what are we trying to accomplish here? We keep on hearing about “executive dashboards”, a heads-up display of in-my-face KPIs, or statistics and exceptions delivered automatically to my e-mail and/or Blackberry. However, when I ask management …

Linkfest: Data Visualization

I’m a long-time fan of effective visualizations, and I’ve often written about the effective use of visual information when making presentations or communicating complex information. I’ve subscribed to my share of blogs and feeds on the topic, and have amassed quite a backlog of interesting links … presented here for your hyperlinking enjoyment …

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information aesthetics – If you appreciate the good …

Data Visualization: ‘Life’ of Open Source Projects

… , budget performance, customer relationships, IT effectiveness – is landing on the right visualization. A picture tells a thousand words, and if you can draw the picture well, your target audience will grasp these concepts quickly, and (potentially) get insights that were otherwise difficult to attain.

I have a large backlog of web links to point to, posts to write that I’ll probably start cutting into, now that I’ve seen this latest bit of visualization … via Slashdot … …

Digital Strategy and Data – The Critical Connective Tissue

In my previous posts, I’ve talked about the first three components of your Great Digital Strategy – things you would expect to be there, like systems and process used to automate Internal Operations , connect with your Customers , and provide innovative Products & Services . These may start as separate initiatives, but smart organizations create more value by integrating the data, …

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The Five Core Components of a Great Digital Strategy

… able to access and manipulate information quickly and effectively. This has less to do with fancy visualization tools, and much more to do with skills training and intellectual curiosity. People need to take ownership of their data, in every sense of the word.

Human Factors – Building Great Teams : It may seem counterintuitive at first, but a deeply digital world relies on people – individuals with advanced skills and learning agility, working in distributed teams across multiple …

IOT Field Notes: Whose Cloud is it Anyway? (2 of 2)

… problem of what to do with the data has always been there; creative analysts, armed with snazzy visualization libraries, waiting for an impactful question for their engaging answers.

In fact, there is a new, more interesting debate brewing ( aiw ) around data ownership. I am seeing a strong preference for the basic assumption, made by the purchaser, that data generated by these Smart, Connected Products is theirs alone. The manufacturer may have rights to use this data for value-added …