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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 available for OS X, Windows,…

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…

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 R, especially on the visualization…

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 know" or "to view," seeks…

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…

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 be a Venn diagram made…

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…

Miso: An open source toolkit for data visualisation

Your online visualization options are limited when you don't know how to program. The Miso Project, a collaboration between The Guardian and Bocoup, is an effort to lighten the barrier…

Timelines that are Easy to Make and Use

As a project of the Knight News Innovation Lab, Timeline by Verite is an open source project that lets you make and share interactive timelines. It's simple and customizable. Plug…

Live Coding Implemented

Remember Bret Victor's live coding talk from last month? He presented an example where he would edit code on one side, and the corresponding visual would automatically update on the…

Kartograph aims to make interactive vector maps easier

Gregor Aisch wanted a better way to make maps online that allowed something other than the Mercator projection, so he developed his own. The result is Kartograph, a lightweight framework…

Live coding and inventing on principle

This talk by Bret Victor caught fire a few days ago, but I just got a chance to watch to it in its entirety. It's worth the one hour. Victor…

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…

Weave for visualization development

Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment, or Weave for short, is open source software intended for flexible visualization. Weave (BETA 1.0) is a new web-based visualization platform designed to enable visualization…

Angry Birds productivity tracker

With the new year, many of you (myself included) and your employers resolved to be more productive this year. You are going to finish that side project. Learn that new…

Programming gets you freedom to do what you want with data

Casey Reas and Chandler McWilliams asked visual designers why they write their own software and how it affects their process: The answers reflect the individuality of the designers and their…

Quick time series visualization with Cube

Seeing how things change over time can be important for a business so that you can figure out what works best. Square, the company that turns your iPhone into a…

Explore large image collections with ImagePlot

When we make charts and graphs, we usually think of the data abstractions in terms of bars, dots, and other geometric shapes. ImagePlot, from UCSD-based Software Studies, instead makes it…

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…