Last summer, Ethan Welty stopped buying fruit. He didn’t need to pay for it anymore: he could pick nearly everything he needed from the trees on the streets of Boulder, Colorado.
At first, he scanned the canopy for apples to use in his home-brewed beer. But there was more. Hanging in the sidewalk foliage were peaches, apricots, walnuts, mulberries and plums. And so Welty, a PhD student researching glacier movement, began to map the urban orchard.
In March, he and Caleb Philips, a professor of computer science at the University of Colorado, expanded that database intoFalling Fruit, a website that catalogs more than half a million urban trees with edible products. In the two-dozen cities where Welty and Philips have obtained municipal planting data or teamed up with local foragers, there is something to eat on nearly every corner.
Why put all the cities on one map? “We wanted to do it at a scale that will make for a story that other people will be exposed to,” Welty says. “To have 600,000 locations is a way to amaze people by the sheer magnitude of what already exists, which is one way to think about how we could do it better.”
The real test will be this summer, when Welty returns to his local forage spots in Boulder, now broadcast to the world on Finding Fruit. If the trees are picked, it will be a testament to the map’s influence.
“I was happy to see that the theme of this conference was storytelling, because as we develop new ways of gathering, processing, visualizing and presenting data, we sometimes risk focusing so much on techniques that we forget to tell stories.
Storytelling is a basic human activity. You may have noticed last night at the reception that when you tell a story to someone you’ve just met, you might use different phrasing, or insert more explanatory information, than you would if you were telling the same story to a friend.”
Bret Victor - Drawing Dynamic Visualizations
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Feline users require special considerations, including larger tap target zones for paws, continual animation, and audible vocalization.
wtf is feline-computer interaction XD
The Safety Net for Children with Diabetes in the US: Another #diabetes + #dataviz Prototype
Why did I take the time to create this visualization?
First, because I think this information could be useful for families and providers of children with diabetes, given how difficult it can be to navigate our current system of health care coverage.
Second, because I believe strongly that we as scientists/researchers have an obligation to communicate our work to the public. I expound on this here in greater detail in a response to a post by Susannah Fox.
Finally, because I believe that visual communication is a much more effective way of disseminating information and knowledge. I have been following the new trend of datajournalism that we are seeing from news outlets like New York Times and the Guardian, using digital and interactive representations of data to engage readers beyond the simple text format. I hope that this will be the first of many data visualizations to come!
Here are the findings:
Any family with diabetes will tell you how expensive it can be to live with the disease. Children in particular, need to have frequent visits with the medical team (up to 4 times a year at a minimum), medications like insulin), and supplies for monitoring blood sugars (test strips), and glucose monitoring systems. Children often receive coverage from a parent through health insurance provided by the parent’s employer, but if they don’t have this option, there are programs that provide coverage based on your income, usually Medicaid (if you fall below a certain percentage of the poverty line, or State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which is a program that allows for higher income families to get coverage if they are not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid but can’t afford to pay for private insurance.
Title V programs are a potential safety net system of coverage for children with diabetes. These programs are different from Medicaid and or SCHIP because eligibility for the program depends on having a specific diagnosis; i.e. kids with specific chronic diseases (sickle cell, cystic fibrosis, asthma, diabetes) can qualify. Each state administers its own Title V program, which could lead to variability in coverage across states. Therefore, my colleagues and I looked at variation in eligibility and coverage specifically for children with diabetes, by interviewing programs in all 50 states, which was recently published.
We created an interactive map to show our findings, so head over to diabetessafety.net. We found that children with diabetes were eligible for Title V programs in just 32 states. At a minimum, these states would provide assistance with coordination of care for these children, which generally means that provide personnel or services to help the family coordinate care between medical teams (i.e. improving communication between providers), but not providing actual coverage for medical visits, or medications/supplies.
However, only 25 states (only half of states!) provided medical coverage to pay for visits with health care professionals and medications like insulin, and only 24 states also covered diabetes supplies.
Keep in mind, the interviews were conducted in 2006 so some of this data could have changed since it’s now 2013. However, the bottom line is that children with diabetes have a 50/50 chance of having access to the safety net, and it depends on geography as well as income (there is an income eligibility requirement for title V programs in addition to having the diagnosis, although the thresholds tend to be higher than those for Medicaid or SCHIP). The results are not surprising, but are disappointing. You can mouse over each state to find out what kind of coverage is provided in a given state.
LinkedIn Connections Visualized
I’m a big fan of data visualizations and this is still one of the nicest ones I’ve ever used. (And visualizations are always nicer when they display your own data aren’t they?)
Not sure what Robin Dunbar would make of it though, given that we can only sustain 5 “real” friendships and no more than 150 relationships…
Amanda Cox, 2013 (Read the full article)
After 18 months of putting together charts on everything from beer to professional wrestlers, we’re often asked at Pop Chart Lab how we come up with this stuff. Our method varies a bit from chart to chart, but there are some tools and processes that serve us well. Here, we detail how we assembled our latest product chart, “The Insanely Great History of Apple.”We start all research in Excel. It’s a simple way to pool information, and working within the strictures of rows and columns gets us thinking about how to organize data. Here, we’ve pulled all Apple computer models released by year.
Nice walk-through of how the team designed and executed their infographics.
Un graphique qui résume bien la relation client / presta (designer, mais pas seulement !)
The Art of Data Visualization
Calculating the World’s Population
How do demographers actually know how many people live on Earth? Can they accurately calculate the number of people that have ever lived? You asked our data help desk these questions, and our open data whiz drew the answers in this video.
Do you have more questions about how data is calculated? Ask them via our data help desk or on Twitter with hashtag #dataquestion
An excerpt from a 1952 letter from Alan Turing to Norman Routledge prior to his guilty plea for gross indecency.
On June 7th, 1954, Alan Turing, one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century and father of computer science, took his own life.