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CSV Fingerprint: Spot errors in your data at a glance

You get your CSV file, snuggle under your blanket with a glass of fine wine, all ready for the perfect Saturday night. Then — what the heck — there's a…

Learn regular expressions with RegExr

Learning regular expressions tends to involve a lot of trial and error and can be confusing for newcomers. RegExr is an online tool that lets you learn more interactively. Add…

Raw, a tool to turn spreadsheets to vector graphics

Sometimes it can be a challenge to produce data graphics in vector format, which is useful for high-resolution prints. Raw, an alpha-version tool by Density Design, helps make the process…

Easier Census data browsing with CensusReporter

Census data can be interesting and super informative, but getting the data out of the dreaded American FactFinder is often a pain, especially if you don't know the exact table…

Forecast: A weather site that’s easier to read

When you go to one of the major sites to look up the weather, it's often hard to find what you're looking for. The sites feel dated, there isn't much…

Learn about politics in your state with Open States

It's not especially straightforward to know or find out what's going on with your state's government. Sites aren't maintained, are unusable, or just don't provide much information. Open States, a…

Analyze your Facebook profile with Wolfram|Alpha

Feeding off the momentum from Stephen Wolfram's personal analytics earlier this year, Wolfram|Alpha launched Facebook Analytics, which spits out graphs about your profile and your friends. You can see your…

More infographic software

Recently there's been a spate of infographic tools popping up (e.g., easel.ly, venngage, and infogr.am). Okay, I'm not sure if 3 qualifies as a spate, but it sure seemed like…

Automated infographics with easel.ly

I'm pretty sure I'm not in their target audience, but my main takeaway from this video is that now, with easel.ly, you don't need time, money, or skill to make…

WolframAlpha Pro launches in an effort to democratize data science

Taking the next step in the Wolfram|Alpha experiment, Wolfram launches a Pro version that lets you plug in your own data and get information out of it. The key idea…

BuzzData aims to make data more social

In many ways, data wants to be social. It wants to get out there for people to see, interact with other datasets, and it wants people to talk about it.…

On the Launch of Visually

A couple of weeks ago, Visually, a new infographics-based startup, launched with a warm reception among all the popular tech blogs. I didn't post about it right away for a…

Visualizing Player makes it easier to share visualization

It's easy to share static graphics. Save an image and then upload it to your own site. Boom, you're done. However, when it comes to interactive graphics, which come in…

Make Sankey flow diagrams with Fineo, sort of

Whenever I post a Sankey diagram (for example, here, here, and here), someone always asks how they can make their own. I'm always surprised that so many people have data…

Dotspotting to make city data more legible

Last year Stamen Design received a grant from the Knight News Challenge to design and implement Citytracking, a project to help people gather data about their cities and gain some…

Gender and time comparisons on Twitter

Men and women are different. You know that. But do they tweet differently? Tweetolife is a simple application that lets you compare and contrast what men and women tweet about.…

GeoCommons 2.0, now with more mapping features

GeoCommons, an open repository of data and maps, launched version 2.0 this week, which is more feature-rich and robust than the first. Two of the major updates have to do…

DataWrangler for your data formatting needs

Formatting data is a necessary pain, so anything that makes formatting easier is always welcome. Data Wrangler, from the Stanford Visualization Group, is the latest in the growing set of…

Google Correlate lets you see how your data relates to search queries

A while back, Google showed how Influenza outbreaks correlated to searches for flu-related terms with Google Flu Trends. It helped researchers and policy-makers estimate flu activity much sooner than with…

WeatherSpark for more graphs about the weather than you will ever need

You know Matthew Ericson's simple weather mashup? It shows only what you need to know for the day. WeatherSpark is the the opposite of that.…

Google opens up Public Data Explorer to your data

With Google's recent data-related offerings, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that they've opened up their Public Data Explorer so that you can upload your own data. Previously,…

Find more of the data you need with DataMarket

Add another online destination to find the data that you need. DataMarket launched back in May with Icelandic data, but just a few days ago relaunched with data of the…