— In the News —
Conservationists have been gathering big data for years, and new technology is allowing them to better analyze it. Here are 10 awesome projects happening around the world.
Facebook handles 100s of petabytes of data and is one of the key leaders in developing new technologies to manage and mine large data stores. This blog post from Facebook Research discusses its biggest concerns in small data, big data, and hardware trends. There's a lot to think about here relating to upcoming technologies and current opportunities.
A few years ago, Google made big waves by predicting flu outbreaks that it inferred from user search terms. There was a lot of debate about the reliability of their approach and they've recently given it an overhaul. Now Wikipedia is getting into the game. Similar to Google searches, the way people browse Wikipedia could be the key.
A recent article in the Harvard Business Review calls ‘data scientist’ the sexiest job of the 21st century. Here's how to get one.
— Tools and Techniques —
Plotly is a platform for creating interactive, publication-quality plots in a web browser. There are a variety of APIs including Python, Matlab, R, Node.js, Julia, and even Excel. This tutorial shows how to use ggplot2 with Plotly to create interactive 3D plots. Even if you don't use R, the demos in this tutorial are worth playing with to get an idea of Plotly's capabilities.
— Resources —
This free e-book offers a solid overview of data presentation design. It's geared towards graphic designers who are new to data but there's a lot here for people who understand data but need help with presenting it. The What Not To Do section is especially revealing.
— Data Viz —
Interesting tool by Columbia University to explore its library collection. Play with it a bit and then be sure to check out the "guided explanation" under the "Guiding Notes" heading.
The Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards celebrate excellence and beauty in data visualization, infographics, and information art. Winners were announced on November 12 and can be explored on the Information is Beautiful site. There are a lot of great ideas here.