3D Infographic About Civilians Wounded and Killed in Afghanistan
Smoothly animated and scripted in cutting edge super elaborate code. The interactive visualization tells us how many civilians were killed or wounded by military and insurgents in Afghanistan from 2009-2010. Factors are location, jets, helicopters, accidents, explosive devices and more. The grim facts were collected from this document. You might be asked to replace your oldschool browser with a new one, though.
“That this visualization can be viewed in-browser is a testament to the promise of modern web technologies such as WebGL, HTML5 and CSS3, all of which were leveraged in this piece. As browsers adopt support for these standards, developers and their audience will enjoy fewer barriers to rich experiences, hopefully increasing the visibility and appreciation of code as art.”
(via Fast Company Design)
Signaling a bold new direction in NGO fundraising traditions, Greenpeace recently launched a campaign to symbolically sell off pieces of its newest Rainbow Warrior ship, currently under construction in Germany. The third in a fleet of boats enabling Greenpeace to confront environmental threats from the frontline (the first was infamously bombed by French intelligence services in 1985), the ship will cost €22M to build anew, which the organization is raising through a Monopoly-style sale with buyers names going on a digital artwork that will sail with the ship.
Sister site The Huffington Post just went on a journalistic hiring spree (hide your bloggers/hide your editors), scooping up New York Times editor Maura Egan, who will be Deputy Entertainment and Culture Editor under recent hire and fellow NYT alum John Montorio, along with Reason’s Radley Balko who joins as a Criminal Justice Reporter, Rebecca Carroll who comes on as Culture Editor of Black Voices, GOOD’s Amanda Millner Fairbanks as Education Reporter, and Jaweed Kaleem as Religion Reporter.
AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in cash and stocks. The combined customer base of this upcoming behemoth will be 130 million humans, though the agreed deal will have to pass the usual regulatory and closing hurdles before becoming complete. The two companies estimate it’ll take them 12 months to get through all the bureaucracy — if they get through, the proposed network merger will create a de facto GSM monopoly within the United States — but we don’t have to wait that long to start discussing life with only three major US carriers. AT&T envisions it as a rosy garden of “straightforward synergies” thanks to a set of “complementary network technologies, spectrum positions and operations.”
…explore Obligation-Level Reporting vs. Program-Level Reporting sequences.
23 March 2011 School of Communication at the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
The Infographics World Summit, which reached maturity last year, is back with a new impetus, outstanding speakers and an agenda featuring some of the best graphics artists who will convey their ideas about how to create graphics in this crazy world of tablets, smartphones and interactive designs.
Visualisation in the Age of Computerisation
25 March 2011 Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK
The theme of the conference is the permeation of science and research with computational seeing. How does computer mediated vision as a mode of engagement with information as well as with one another effect what we see (or think we see), and what we take ourselves to know?
Geeky by Nature
31 March 2011 SVA Theatre, New York
What is Geeky by Nature all about? It’s about bringing together the worlds best artists, designers, coders, and creative minds to explore the possibilities that other disciplines can bring. Whether it’s computer based, film, print or inspirational, one thing is for sure, it will be unmissable! GBN will be an amazing two days, exploring the best from art, code & design. Add a list of speakers who are second to none, a whole lot of creative inspiration, the backdrop of New York City and you have the ingredients for a really exciting two days!
04 April 2011 Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco
More business, social, and government data is accessible now than ever before. The US government and city governments are opening up data on platforms like Socrata, businesses are monetizing data on marketplaces like InfoChimps, and social networks like Facebook are enabling startups to integrate their social data. This new access to data has spurred an avalanche of innovation in the Data 2.0 space. The Data 2.0 Conference showcases over 30 Data 2.0 startups and applications that help you find, analyze, and distribute information online.
09 April 2011 Lutherkirche, Wiesbaden, Germany
For six years now the see conference has been gathering the most creative people and exciting ideas on the topic of information visualization. The interdisciplinary platform brings together fields like design, art, architecture and new technologies. Our international speakers will show the latest ideas and approaches on how to deal with the current flood of information, on how to visualize it and turn it into something that can be experienced.
14 June 2011 Plaza de las Letras, Madrid, Spain
Medialab-Prado’s Visualizar program is a research and education platform devoted to exploring the culture of Big Data and its impact today in science, society and the arts. The next edition of Visualizar in 2011 will deal with an essential topic: infrastructures. Infrastructures are the big systems that support global processes: from the infrastructures that produce and transfer energy and water to the ones that make possible global communication and mobility. From the supply chain of goods and products to the removal chain, but also legal infrastructures that define relations among territories or the financial infrastructures that govern the circulation of capital among markets.
27 June 2011 McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis, USA
eyeo brings together the most creative coders, designers and artists working today, and shaping tomorrow – expect an amazing three days of talks, labs, demos & events fueled by the people and tools that are transforming digital culture.
5 August 2011 Convention Center Vancouver, Canada
Computational Aesthetics bridges the analytic and synthetic by integrating aspects of computer science, philosophy, psychology, and the fine, applied & performing arts. It seeks to facilitate both the analysis and the augmentation of creative behaviours. CAe also investigates the creation of tools that can enhance the expressive power of the fine and applied arts and furthers our understanding of aesthetic evaluation, perception and meaning. The conference brings together individuals with technical experience of developing computer based tools to solve aesthetic problems and people with artistic/design backgrounds who use these new tools.
7 August 2011 Convention Center Vancouver, Canada
The world’s premier conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques comes to Vancouver for it’s 2011 edition. With an exhibition, job fair, courses and presentations this event is surely not to be missed.
29 September 2011 St. Louis, USA
In developing the program, SND is focusing on training, seminars and networking — for students coming into the profession, for their advisers and teachers, for managers and editors, and for visual journalists in and out of papers. More specifically, the tracks will include sessions on career development, page design for newspapers large and small, online design, photography, informational graphics, graphic arts and multimedia.
23 October 2011 Providence, USA
VisWeek 2011 is the premier forum for visualization advances for academia, government, and industry, bringing together researchers and practitioners with a shared interest in tools, techniques, technology and theory. The week is organized around three separate conferences: Visualization, Information Visualization and Visual Analytics Science and Technology
Fifty years ago 51 Americans arrived in Ghana to “promote world peace and friendship.” Since then, more than 200,000 volunteers—ages 18 to 86, some now diplomats and politicians—have served in 139 nations.
But the Peace Corps is no fame game or numbers story; it’s a sign of the times. Historian Stanley Meisler says participation dipped as the Nixon Vietnam era “took the shine off doing something for the U.S.” As memories faded, the luster of service returned. Now, on the group’s golden anniversary, Oval Office support and recession woes are lifting enlistment.
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We hear a lot these days about how government spending has led to a deficit that could pose a major long-term threat if it goes unaddressed. It’s true that government has of late grown under both Democratic and Republican presidents. But deficit hawks often sidestep a no-less important trend: In recent decades, tax rates—especially for the rich—have been on the decline by historical standards. Everyone likes getting a tax cut, but it’s worth remembering that the shrinking of tax revenue has contributed to the deficit problem, just as spending has.
A couple of revealing charts from the Fed’s Flow of Funds data. Both show net flows into Treasuries by creditor type and the Federal Government’s borrowing during each quarter. Note, the quarterly data is annualized.
The project Visual Budget - an Interactive Guide to the Federal Budget [kickstarter.com] is raising funds on Kickstarter in order to build a cutting-edge data visualization website which will explain all the complicated ins and outs of the US Federal Budget, showcasing interactive charts and motion graphics. The money will be spent to develop an interactive prototype, which then will be used to raise additional money from philanthropies and foundations to fund the complete website.