Vega lets you automatically generate visualizations by editing a JSON file with the data.
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?
A wonderfully simple, classic video about diagrams.
LOVE THIS LOOOOOVVVVE IT. It’s only three minutes long. Watch it.
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.
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.
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.
Dash (Docs & Snippets)
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.
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?
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.
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 :)
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 :)