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Find your flight via visual interface

Booking flights became so much easier when it all shifted online, but it hasn't changed in years. You put in your preferred dates and times and you get a long…

How K-12 schools in your area measure up

In collaboration with NBC News and The Gates Foundation, Ben Fry-headed Fathom Design shows you how K-12 schools measure up in your area. If you're a parent or soon-to-be parent…

The state of mapping APIs

O'Reilly Radar surveys the state of mapping APIs from old sources (like Google) and new ones (like CloudMade). Spoiler alert: there's a lot of opportunity out there. Maps took over…

Graph and explore your Gmail inbox

Your email says a lot about who you are, who you interact with, and what you're up to at any given time. Maybe it's receipts from that online travel site…

Simple data converter from Excel

If you've ever created an interactive graphic or anything else that requires that you feed in data, you will love this barebones data conversion tool by Shan Carter. Copy and…

Design advanced online and interactive maps with Polymaps

In a collaboration between SimpleGeo, who makes location data easier to access, and Stamen, who does all kinds of wonderful with maps, announced Polymaps today. It's a free and open-source…

Stamen makes experimental prettymaps

Add another toy to Stamen's bag of tricks. The recently launched prettymaps by Aaron Straup Cope uses shapefiles from Flickr, urban areas from Natural Earth, and road, highway, and path…

Gapminder makes its way to the desktop

You've seen the presentation. You've seen the motion graph tool. But up until now, the data exploration tool, Trendalyzer, has always been in the browser. Now you can download the…

Poyozo the personal data gatherer

Take a moment and think off all the data you put other there on separate Web services. Email, photos, status updates, documents, location, contacts, and the list goes on. Many…

Stack Overflow for data geeks

I can't count how many times I've googled a programming-related question and found myself at Stack Overflow, the question and answer site for programmers. MetaOptimize is like a Stack Overflow…

JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit 2.0 released

Visualization in JavaScript is all the rage these days. Just a couple of years ago, this would've seemed ridiculous because the engines were too slow, but no more of that.…

Protovis 3.2 released – more examples and layouts

The most recent version of Protovis, the open-source visualization library that uses JavaScript and SVG, was just released not too long ago - this time with more layout and examples.…

R for enterprise?

Norman Nie, co-creator of SPSS (acquired by IBM for $1.2 billion last summer), and his group Revolution Analytics aim to bring analysis to a wider audience with a product built…

Current tracks and visualizes memes

It's not easy keeping up with what's going on around the Web. Trending topic here. Another topic there. Zoe Fraade-Blanar, a graduate student at NYU ITP, hopes to lessen the…

Elastic Lists code open-sourced

Moritz Stefaner, whose work we've seen a few times here on FD, just released his code for Elastic Lists (in Actionscript). For those unfamiliar, Elastic Lists builds on the idea…

HTML5 visualization readiness

Everyone's been bashing Flash lately and holding HTML5 up on a pedestal. This circular graph thing, for example, shows what a combination of HTML5 and CSS3 can do and what…

Facebook users who don’t know they are sharing

I'm pretty sure all this Facebook stuff will blow over soon enough. Most people have changed their privacy settings by now. The rest don't really care. Some people though simply…

Streamgraph code ported to JavaScript

Lee Byron open-sourced his streamgraph code in Processing about a month ago. Jason Sundram has taken that and ported it to JavaScript, using Processing.js.

Review: indiemapper makes thematic mapping easy

It's finally here. Indiemapper brings easy and flexible thematic mapping online. I've been looking forward to this app ever since I got a glimpse of what was to come over…

R is an ‘epic fail’ – or how to make statisticians mad

Statisticians are mad and out for blood. Someone called R an epic fail and said it wasn't the next big thing. I know that R is free and I am…

A guide to geostatistical mapping with open-source tools

Mapping with R and other free and open-source programs feels clunky and hacked-together at times. The plus-side is that it's all for free, and once you find the time to…

Data visualization tutorial in Processing

If you absolutely refuse to touch any code, I suggest Many Eyes or one of the fine FD sponsors, but if you're looking to get your hands dirty, Processing is…