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Moving out, moving on

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2010 by datanamics Tagged: , ,

Dear readers,

please note that the content of this blog is also avalaible on http://blog.actuvisu.fr/. As a matter of fact, we, as part of DDData corporation, have decided to transfer our respective blogs onto a common platform. There, you will find all of our articles and thoughts about what data visualization has yet to offer. You can also reach us at hello@actuvisu.fr.

PS: Keep an eye on http://www.actuvisu.fr/. Just saying…

FX.

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ActuVisu : ze French visualization

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 by datanamics

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Discover our latest student achievement. Named ActuVisu, a portmanteau word with Actualités (news) and Visualization, the website will thrive on data to provide powerful, eye-catchy and challenging analyses of the world. One of its kind in France, ActuVisu aims to make up for the lack of data gathering in the French media.

Our press release is available here.

To contact us : hello@actuvisu.fr or find us on Facebook

Actuvisu : Database journalism in the making

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A short introduction by Tim Berners Lee

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2010 by datanamics Tagged: , , , , ,

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In this video, London-born Tim Berners Lee recalls in which conditions he pretty much invented the Internet, back in the 1990s. To make a not-so-long story shorter, he explains how he thrived on a very casual, daily frustration linked to the incompatibiliy of the documents that were available.

Tim Berners Lee

Twenty years later, as the Internet dramatically shaped the way we live and consume information, something still seems to grind Tim Berners Lee’s gears : the data issue.
But what is data ? Where does lie the difference between documents and data, if any ? Here lies the trick, too often overlooked by policy makers : data is raw information. Alone, data has no significance per se and has no relation to other things. However, when properly turned around and worked on, data can be given meaning and thus create information by way of relational connection. In other words, information is nothing but data that has been translated into a “readable” form that is more convenient to process. Hence the point of database journalism. It is all about finding these relations, possibly cause and effect, in order to shed new light on an unsolved issue.
Back in 1989, Russell Ackoff has the same insight : the proper management of data progressively leads to information, knowledge and eventually wisdom, that encompasses an understanding of all the interactions that facts are made of.

From Ackoff, R. L., "From Data to Wisdom", Journal of Applies Systems Analysis, Volume 16, 1989.

This brings us to the main challenge of data management. The success of the “next Web” as hailed by Berners Lee is contingent upon our ability to bring data together. Besides, this has to be a two-stream effort. While governments and institutions are increasingly urged to release official data, there remains a challenge to linked data developers. A reliable database, say for the French universities, requires processing the vast set of universities, regardless of how long this may take. Therefore, the overwhelming enthusiasm sparked by inspiring statements such as Berners Lee’s shall not overshadow the technical hurdles, in order to create a reliable, mainstream service environment.
FX.

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A picture is worth a thousand words. A video is a good start, too.

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2010 by datanamics Tagged: , , , , , ,

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For starters, I think this video is a pretty good introduction to the different notions  of database journalism. Non-geeks can skip the scientific explanations, but all should be equally amazed by the visual quality of the displayed visualizations.

A breathtaking exploration on mapping opportunities provided by worldwide acknowledged Manuel Lima, editor of Visual Complexity.

More information on the Digup website, with an insightful interview of Manuel Lima.

FX.