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Climbing Mount Everest

A colleague and I have both been researching Mount Everest Base Camp treks lately. Mount Everest, or Sagarmāthā in Nepali, is the tallest mountain on earth. With a peak at  8,848 m (~29,000 feet) its top is further away from sea level than any other place on earth. That’s all well and good, of course. But exactly how […]

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Visualising Tweets About Global Issues

I finally found a good excuse to play around with RAW (made by the amazing people from Density Design). I have tried a few times before, but it quickly showed that I had too much data. Wanting to do stuff with a lot of data in a browser is really not such a good idea, but […]

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Hashtag Musings

I read a lot of tweets. No, really. A lot. No no no, you don’t hear me properly. Really. A. Lot. Not that I ever get to read the avalanche of tweets entering my stream, although I do go through it cursory somewhat daily. I even occasionally write something myself. But mainly, I analyse tweets. […]

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China Explained

If you have any interest in the history and politics of China (you should), the Reuters Connected China app is absolutely amazing. It’s basically a bunch of very well-annotated interactive data visualizations combined with a beautiful China 101. Divided into 5 areas, the social power visualization is particularly interesting, and it is easy to see […]

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Robert Kirkpatrick on Tweets and UN Global Pulse

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Taxonomy Exploration with Infomous

So, I’m working on a social media data mining project with UN Global Pulse about the Post-2015 process, and wanted a quick look at regularly used words in combination with the debate taking place. The project I’m working on is basically a supplement to the global survey taking place now called MY World (please do participate), […]

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Going to Data Visualization School

With the never-ending expansion of online possibilities for quality learning, I got to the can’t-see-the-woods-for-trees phase quite a while ago and tend to forget about some of the high quality stuff out there. Hence, I wanted to get some sort of overview of the possibilities I needed to look into. That used to be an […]

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Big Data Ethics: Not the New Oil!

I have longed, and I have searched. Finally some wise words about the too easy metaphor of data being the new oil, which I involuntarily almost loathe more than the human and natural consequences of oil itself (that was an exaggeration, mind you). As it tends to be, it is Data Artist in Residence at New York […]

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Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization, Week 4

So, I’m behind schedule. As I have practically been all along. We’re actually in Week 5 of Knight Center’s phenomenal “Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization” hosted by the equally phenomenal Alberto Cairo. The task this week was to take a look at the unemployment rates in the US under President Obama. The task, more […]

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Data Visualization Goals in Historic Context

Robert Kosara of eagereyes (and Tableau) just published a great walk-through of the history of data visualizations. Or, rather, the main goals of different data visualization giants during the course of history. It really gives you a great understanding of why we are now torn between infographics and data visualizations (read: Robert Kosara’s [INFOGRAPHIC] vs. data visualization dichotomy, ie. […]