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Vega: A "Visualization Grammar" for D3.js


Vega lets you automatically generate visualizations by editing a JSON file with the data. 

Casino-Driven Design for Crowdsourcing - ProPublica


Much of this success came from the efforts of our expertengagement team, who motivated and interacted with our volunteers every day, and who hatched a clever campaign of social media, contests and promises of free T-shirts. Our users were, of course, also motivated by their own sense of civic responsibility, wanting to help build the first free database of political TV ad spending.

But design played a significant role as well. We kept our eye on optimizing each page for participation. We called the design we devised for participation-oriented areas of the site “Casino-Driven Design.” A variant of Behavior Design, Casino-Driven Design cuts away all distraction and drives the user’s attention toward staying focused on a single task.

No Windows. One Exit. Free Drinks.

Why do we call it casino-driven design? Casinos are notorious for adopting an interior design that keeps people gambling. There are no windows and no clocks so it’s easy to lose track of how long one has been gambling.

Interesting, but needs a legend?  

Interesting, but needs a legend?  


cbviz:

A wonderfully simple, classic video about diagrams.

LOVE THIS  LOOOOOVVVVE IT.  It’s only three minutes long.  Watch it.  

callahaan:

What is ChartsBin.com?
ChartsBin is a web-based data visualization tool that will allow everyone to quickly and easily create rich interactive visualizations with their own data. You can then share your interactive visualizations with others by embedding them in websites, blogs or sharing via Facebook or Twitter. We’re focused on building the most exciting and engaging destination for statisticians, and computer scientists in the world.
What makes ChartsBin different?
create interactive visualizations online instantly! No installation required. No coding needed.
embed the interactive visualizations in your own website or blog easily (simply copy & paste HTML code).
export the visualizations as an image for presentation.
you can embed the interactive visualizations in social media websites (e.g.: Facebook.com, Digg.com, etc.)
we offers a public online gallery of interactive visualizations that have been derived from authentic sources such as books, government documents, technical reports, selected primary journal literature and websites. Featured and Latest updates sections are created and maintained by our statistics collector team.
Additionally, you can download compiled dataset (CSV, XLS, SQL). If you have feedback or thoughts on how we could improve, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

callahaan:

What is ChartsBin.com?

ChartsBin is a web-based data visualization tool that will allow everyone to quickly and easily create rich interactive visualizations with their own data. You can then share your interactive visualizations with others by embedding them in websites, blogs or sharing via Facebook or Twitter. We’re focused on building the most exciting and engaging destination for statisticians, and computer scientists in the world.

What makes ChartsBin different?

  • create interactive visualizations online instantly! No installation required. No coding needed.
  • embed the interactive visualizations in your own website or blog easily (simply copy & paste HTML code).
  • export the visualizations as an image for presentation.
  • you can embed the interactive visualizations in social media websites (e.g.: Facebook.comDigg.com, etc.)
  • we offers a public online gallery of interactive visualizations that have been derived from authentic sources such as books, government documents, technical reports, selected primary journal literature and websites. Featured and Latest updates sections are created and maintained by our statistics collector team.

Additionally, you can download compiled dataset (CSV, XLS, SQL). If you have feedback or thoughts on how we could improve, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

onaissues:

 Hagit Bachrach, video producer at the Council on Foreign Relations and one of ONA’s MJ Bear Fellows, outlines four free tools that she uses regularly to produce multimedia content. 
Check them out on journalists.org: Free multimedia tools offer high-end results
Image: Screenshot of Audacity by Hagit Bachrach

Audacity was what I used when I taught myself to edit audio, and I still use it now. 

onaissues:

 Hagit Bachrach, video producer at the Council on Foreign Relations and one of ONA’s MJ Bear Fellows, outlines four free tools that she uses regularly to produce multimedia content. 

Check them out on journalists.org: Free multimedia tools offer high-end results

Image: Screenshot of Audacity by Hagit Bachrach

Audacity was what I used when I taught myself to edit audio, and I still use it now. 

This makes me wonder if data visualization could be applied to celebrity and/or entertainment news.  
cbviz:

(via 1 | Infographic: Mapping Every Affair Zeus Ever Had | Co.Design: business innovation design)
I love this design!
the colour palette is classy and reminds me of some medieval drawing, and an architects plan.
It’s like so many of those rainy day projects I have in an ever growing list - a complex data story that just HAS to be told
It features a circle. I have an unnatural fixation with circles.
Gorgeous!

This makes me wonder if data visualization could be applied to celebrity and/or entertainment news.  

cbviz:

(via 1 | Infographic: Mapping Every Affair Zeus Ever Had | Co.Design: business innovation design)

I love this design!

  • the colour palette is classy and reminds me of some medieval drawing, and an architects plan.
  • It’s like so many of those rainy day projects I have in an ever growing list - a complex data story that just HAS to be told
  • It features a circle. I have an unnatural fixation with circles.

Gorgeous!

Dash (Docs & Snippets)

gpessia:

Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use (for a full list, see the screenshots). Dash is not free, you will have to purchase Dash using an In-App purchase. Dash is free to download so that you can test Dash out as much as you want, in order to determine if it’s the right tool for you.

I dunno what this is but it sounds interesting. 

rara-rasputin:

fascinating

rara-rasputin:

fascinating

"Q: Does God control everything that happens in my life?A: He could, if he used the debugger, but it’s tedious to step through all those variables.Q: Why does God allow evil to happen?A: God thought he eliminated evil in one of the earlier revs.Q: Does God know everything?A: He likes to think so, but he is often amazed to find out what goes on in the overnite job.Q: What causes God to intervene in earthly affairs?A: If an critical error occurs, the system pages him automatically and he logs on from home to try to bring it up. Otherwise things can wait until tomorrow.Q: Did God really create the world in seven days?A: He did it in six days and nights while living on cola and candy bars. On the seventh day he went home and found out his girlfriend had left him.Q: How come the Age of Miracles Ended?A: That was the development phase of the project, now we are in the maintenance phase.Q: Will there be another Universe after the Big Bang?A: A lot of people are drawing things on the white board, but personally, God doubts that it will ever be implemented.Q: Who is Satan?A: Satan is an MIS director who takes credit for more powers than he actually possesses, so people who aren’t programmers are scared of him. God thinks of him as irritating but irrelevant.Q: What is the role of sinners?A: Sinners are the people who find new an imaginative ways to mess up the system when God has made it idiot-proof.Q: Where will I go after I die?A: Onto a DAT tape.Q: Will I be reincarnated?A: Not unless there is a special need to recreate you. And searching those .tar files is a major hassle, so if there is a request for you, God will just say that the tape has been lost.Q: Am I unique and special in the universe?A: There are over 10,000 major university and corporate sites running exact duplicates of you in the present release version.Q: What is the purpose of the universe?A: God created it because he values elegance and simplicity, but then the users and managers demanded he tack all this senseless stuff onto it and now everything is more complicated and expensive than ever.Q: If I pray to God, will he listen?A: You can waste his time telling him what to do, or you can just get off his back and let him program.Q: What is the one true religion?A: All systems have their advantages and disadvantages, so just pick the one that best suits your needs and don’t let anyone put you down.Q: Is God angry that we crucified him?A: Let’s just say he’s not going to any more meetings if he can help it, because that last one with the twelve managers and the food turned out to be murder.Q: How can I protect myself from evil?A: Change your password every month and don’t make it a name, a common word, or a date like your birthday.Q: Some people claim they hear the voice of God. Is this true?A: They are much more likely to receive email.Q: Some people say God is Love.A: That is not a question. Please restate your query in the form of a question. Abort, Retry, Fail?
source"

KR Studios: Some Important Theological Questions are Answered if we think of God as a Computer Programmer. 

LOL();

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umassamherstjournalism:

Congratulations to Journalism’s own B.J. Roche, who was just awarded the SBS Outstanding Teacher Award!

Yay for BJ Roche, who the last time I saw her was doing entrepreneurial competitions with her students.  Cool!

umassamherstjournalism:

Congratulations to Journalism’s own B.J. Roche, who was just awarded the SBS Outstanding Teacher Award!

Yay for BJ Roche, who the last time I saw her was doing entrepreneurial competitions with her students.  Cool!

WE DON’T NEED NO STEENKING BADGES!  
Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.  I wonder what this will turn into?
mozillawebmaker:

Open Badges is a new online standard to recognize and verify learning. A digital badge is an online representation of a skill you’ve earned. Open Badges take that concept one step further, and allow you to verify your skills, interests and achievements through a credible organization. And because the system is based on an open standard, you can combine multiple badges from different issuers to tell the complete story of your achievements — both online and off. Display your badges wherever you want them on the web, and share them for employment, education or lifelong learning.
Ten things to know about Open Badges:
Mozilla Open Badges is not proprietary — it’s free software and an open technical standard. That means any organization can create, issue and verify digital badges, and any user can earn, manage and display these badges all across the web.
Open Badges knits your skills together. Whether they’re issued by one organization or many, badges can build upon each other, joining together to tell the full story of your skills and achievement.
With Open Badges, every badge is full of information. Each one has important data built in that links back to the issuer, the criteria it was issued under and evidence verifying the credential — a feature unique to Open Badges.
Open Badges lets you take your badges everywhere. Users have an easy and comprehensive way to collect their badges in a backpack, and display their skills and achievements on social networking profiles, job sites, their websites and more.
Individuals can earn badges from multiple sources, both online and offline, and manage and share them using the Open Badges backpack. Today, we’re launching with the Mozilla backpack — other organizations will be able to use Open Badges to make their own backpacks later this year.
Open Badges make it easy to get recognition for the things you learn, both online and off. Open Badges includes a shared standard for recognizing your skills and achievements — and lets you count them towards an education, a job or lifelong learning.
Open Badges make it easy to give recognition for the things you teach. Anyone who meets the standards can award badges for skills or learning.
Open Badges make it easy to display your verified badges across the web. Earn badges from anywhere, then share them wherever you want—on social networking profiles, job sites or on your website.
Open Badges make it easy to verify skills. Employers, organizations and schools can explore the data behind every badge issued using Mozilla Open Badges to verify individuals’ skills and competencies.
Open Badges is free, open to anyone to use and part of Mozilla’s non-profit mission. Open Badges is designed, built and backed by a broad community of contributors, such as NASA, Smithsonian, Intel, the Girl Scouts, and more. The open source model means that improvements made by one partner can benefit everyone, from bug fixes to new features.
Learn more:http://openbadges.org

WE DON’T NEED NO STEENKING BADGES!  

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.  I wonder what this will turn into?

mozillawebmaker:

Open Badges is a new online standard to recognize and verify learning. A digital badge is an online representation of a skill you’ve earned. Open Badges take that concept one step further, and allow you to verify your skills, interests and achievements through a credible organization. And because the system is based on an open standard, you can combine multiple badges from different issuers to tell the complete story of your achievements — both online and off. Display your badges wherever you want them on the web, and share them for employment, education or lifelong learning.

Ten things to know about Open Badges:

  1. Mozilla Open Badges is not proprietary — it’s free software and an open technical standard. That means any organization can create, issue and verify digital badges, and any user can earn, manage and display these badges all across the web.
  2. Open Badges knits your skills together. Whether they’re issued by one organization or many, badges can build upon each other, joining together to tell the full story of your skills and achievement.
  3. With Open Badges, every badge is full of information. Each one has important data built in that links back to the issuer, the criteria it was issued under and evidence verifying the credential — a feature unique to Open Badges.
  4. Open Badges lets you take your badges everywhere. Users have an easy and comprehensive way to collect their badges in a backpack, and display their skills and achievements on social networking profiles, job sites, their websites and more.
  5. Individuals can earn badges from multiple sources, both online and offline, and manage and share them using the Open Badges backpack. Today, we’re launching with the Mozilla backpack — other organizations will be able to use Open Badges to make their own backpacks later this year.
  6. Open Badges make it easy to get recognition for the things you learn, both online and off. Open Badges includes a shared standard for recognizing your skills and achievements — and lets you count them towards an education, a job or lifelong learning.
  7. Open Badges make it easy to give recognition for the things you teach. Anyone who meets the standards can award badges for skills or learning.
  8. Open Badges make it easy to display your verified badges across the web. Earn badges from anywhere, then share them wherever you want—on social networking profiles, job sites or on your website.
  9. Open Badges make it easy to verify skills. Employers, organizations and schools can explore the data behind every badge issued using Mozilla Open Badges to verify individuals’ skills and competencies.
  10. Open Badges is free, open to anyone to use and part of Mozilla’s non-profit mission. Open Badges is designed, built and backed by a broad community of contributors, such as NASA, Smithsonian, Intel, the Girl Scouts, and more. The open source model means that improvements made by one partner can benefit everyone, from bug fixes to new features.


Learn more:
http://openbadges.org


danielrt:

code available here.

Wow!  Isn’t this beautiful work?  I’m sure you all remember these puzzles from childhood.  Here’s a version of them generated by the visual programming language Processing, and their creator was nice enough to provide us the source code so we can see how they did it :)

sunfoundation:

ViziCities development diary #1: One month in

Just over a month ago I announced ViziCities, the latest project from Pete Smart and myself. We’re not quite ready to release it yet but make sure you sign up for the beta to be the first to use it. In the meantime, let me fill you in on what we’ve been up to this past month.


THIS SOUNDS FASCINATING TELL US MORE :)

sunfoundation:

ViziCities development diary #1: One month in

Just over a month ago I announced ViziCities, the latest project from Pete Smart and myself. We’re not quite ready to release it yet but make sure you sign up for the beta to be the first to use it. In the meantime, let me fill you in on what we’ve been up to this past month.

THIS SOUNDS FASCINATING TELL US MORE :)

evanfleischer asked: Like a 'Boston Phoenix Archive' Tumblr?

Yes!  And people who want to throw up a new pub, out-of-work journos who want help with a portfolio site, a @BostonPhoenix diaspora map, visualizing the history of the paper, anything, everything :)

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