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Responsive maps with D3.js

A challenge these days with visualization is that a piece might look great on a computer monitor and then break on a tablet or phone.…

R plotting package ggplot2 ported to Python

Those who use the ggplot2 package in R and do everything else in Python will appreciate this Python port of the package from yhat. Excel…

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…

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…

Excel paintings

Tatsuo Horiuchi wanted to learn something new before retiring, so he bought a computer and booted up Microsoft Excel. Traditional graphics software from companies like…

Introduction to R, a video series by Google

Google released a 21-part short video series that introduces R. Most of the videos are about two minutes, with none of them going over six,…

Beer Mapper: An experimental app to find the right beer for you

Kevin Jamieson, an electrical and computer engineering graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, put his work in active ranking into practice. The experimental app…

Binify for hexagon binning in Python

As an alternative to dot density maps, Binify by Kevin Schaul allows you to map with hexagon binning in Python. Dot density maps are a…

Vega: A visualization grammar to create without programming

Visualization online can be a challenge if you don't know how to program. Analytics startup Trifacta just lightened the load with Vega, a "visualization grammar"…

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…

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…

Sitegeist: A mobile app that tells you about your data surroundings

From businesses to demographics, there's data for just about anywhere you are. Sitegeist, a mobile application by the Sunlight Foundation, puts the sources into perspective.…

Shiny allows web applications with R

RStudio, the folks behind the IDE for R released last year, continues to expand their offerings for current and future R users. Shiny is RStudio's…

xkcd-style charts in R, JavaScript, and Python

The ports and packages to make your charts look like they came from the web comic xkcd are coming out in rapid fashion. Dan Foreman-Mackey…

Torque for mapping temporal data

Mapping data over time can be challenging, especially when you have a lot of data to load in the beginning. Torque, the new open source…

Easy and customizable maps with TileMill

I'm late to this party. TileMill, by mapping platform MapBox, is open source software that lets you quickly and easily create and edit maps. It's…

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…

Resources for Getting Started with R

R, the open source statistical software environment, is powerful but can be a challenge to approach for beginners. For me, the best way to learn…

New open data platform launches

Open data is everywhere. However, open data initiatives often manifest as mere CSV dumps on a forlorn web page. Junar, Lunfardo (Argentina slang) for "to…

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,…

Venn pie-agrams

So I got to thinking, since I'm on this pie chart kick, "what would be the worst pie chart ever?" And I decided it would…

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…