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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,…

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.…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Map and report data with InstantAtlas

As you know, there's this big wave of transparency going on right now, and many organizations want to do more than just post a bunch…

Streamgraph code is available and open source

Some people love 'em and others hate 'em. Now you can play with streamgraphs (seen here and here) yourself, whatever side you might be on.…

Visualize your Last.fm listening patterns with LastHistory

Frederik Seiffert provides this nifty tool, LastHistory, to visualize your Last.fm listening history. Mouse over songs and find repeated track sequences. The visualization itself isn't…

Sunlight Labs releases mapping framework, ClearMaps

Open data is great, but it's useless if you don't know what to do with it. Sunlight Labs, a group focused on using technology to…

Build Online Visualization for Free with Tableau Public

Tableau Software, popular for making data more accessible, mainly in the business sector, just opened up with Tableau Public. The application is similar in spirit…

Build Statistical Graphics Online With ggplot2

Statisticians are generally behind the times when it comes to online applications. There are a lot out-dated Java applets and really rough attempts at getting…