sunlightcities:

The country is a mosaic of languages.

sunlightcities:

The country is a mosaic of languages.

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Political war profiteers: 20 consulting firms churn 80 percent of super PAC cash

In the three years since the Supreme Court’s Jan. 21, 2010 ruling in Citizens United, the super PACs that the decision helped spawn have largely been seen as advertising machines. But an anniversary-eve analysis by the Sunlight Foundation show that they have created a class of super consultants.

Of the $620 million that super PACs doled out during the 2012 campaign cycle, records filed with the Federal Election Commission as of Dec. 6 reveal that 80 percent was spent through just 20 consulting firms. As the graphic above illustrates, a tightly interwoven network of Washington insiders reaped the biggest benefits of Citizens United and subsequent decisions that gave rise to a new class of outsider-insiders who have become a new political establishment.

The Best Open Data Releases of 2012

Last year, Cities named ten of its favorite metro datasets of 2011 from cities across North America, illustrating the breadth of what we might learn (regarding mosquito traps! misplaced vehicles! energy consumption!) in the still relatively young field of urban open data. For this year’s installment, we’re going one step further. Sure, raw data is great. But useful tools, maps and data visualizations built with said data are even better.

The Best Open Data Releases of 2012

Last year, Cities named ten of its favorite metro datasets of 2011 from cities across North America, illustrating the breadth of what we might learn (regarding mosquito traps! misplaced vehicles! energy consumption!) in the still relatively young field of urban open data. For this year’s installment, we’re going one step further. Sure, raw data is great. But useful tools, maps and data visualizations built with said data are even better.

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Sitegeist - Ground Yourself with Data

Sitegeist is a mobile application that helps you to learn more about your surroundings in seconds. Drawing on publicly available information, the app presents solid data in a simple at-a-glance format to help you tap into the pulse of your location. From demographics about people and housing to the latest popular spots or weather, Sitegeist presents localized information visually so you can get back to enjoying the neighborhood. The application draws on free APIs such as the U.S. Census, Yelp! and others to showcase what’s possible with access to data.

wnyc:

WNYC’s Resources:
Our After-Sandy FAQ | Transit Tracker | How You Can Help 

wnyc:

WNYC’s Resources:

Our After-Sandy FAQ | Transit Tracker | How You Can Help 

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Beautiful Data Visualizations from the 19th Century

Do you want some inspiration to create a visually stunning - yet fully optimized - data graphic? Well, let’s go back about a 140 years… Handsome Atlas [handsomeatlas.com], developed by Jonathan Soma of Brooklyn Brainery, provides a stunning new online interface to a large collection of beautiful data visualizations from the 19th century. While all the visualizations shown can already be found in some long list at the US Census website, this website is specifically designed so to encourage you to explore, investigate and enjoy.
Do you want some inspiration to create a visually stunning - yet fully optimized - data graphic? Well, let’s go back about a 140 years… Handsome Atlas [handsomeatlas.com], developed by Jonathan Soma of Brooklyn Brainery, provides a stunning new online interface to a large collection of beautiful data visualizations from the 19th century. While all the visualizations shown can already be found in some long list at the US Census website, this website is specifically designed so to encourage you to explore, investigate and enjoy.
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A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

Posted 2 years ago
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milliongossamerthreads:

If there is one thing I geek out about, its data Visualizations. I love them. Taking the pipe of raw data and telling stories with them and sometimes even art. Data meets communications meets meets design meets aesthetics. Love it. If I wasn’t in development, I think I might get into this field. Hell, I could do both given that development and social issues are often the trickiest to explain and find the patterns for. 

I always wondered though who these lone people were who make them. I follow http://ilovecharts.tumblr.com/ on Tumblr and love their original work. So it is cool to see the space go professional. 

To stop geeking and be serious for a sec, I’m also for anything that spreads more infographics because they explain things and they connect things and they allow stories (and busy and revenue-failing media outlets) to go deep into analysis rather than just the surface who-said-what crap and 30-second newsbytes. And that’s A Very Good Thing. 

mdubakov:

THis chart shows IMBD rating, Box Office, Nominations and Wons. Interesting chart with good information density. Did you know that best movie according to IMDB didn’t won any Oscar?

mdubakov:

THis chart shows IMBD rating, Box Office, Nominations and Wons. Interesting chart with good information density. Did you know that best movie according to IMDB didn’t won any Oscar?

Reblogged 3 years ago from mdubakov
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acafourek:

Rendering 3D immigration data with LEGOs
(via information aesthetics)

acafourek:

Rendering 3D immigration data with LEGOs

(via information aesthetics)

Reblogged 3 years ago from acafourek
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