David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world.
About David McCandless
David McCandless draws beautiful conclusions from complex datasets — thus revealing unexpected insights into our world. Full bio and more links
Phi Beta Iota: “Mining” the soil does not go far. Actually planting, tilling, watering, and growing is much more powerful. This is one of the most compelling TED briefs we have seen. “Language of the eye” combined with “language of the mind.” All about “relative” numbers and relationships. “Let the data set change your mindset.” Art of knowledge compression. Living data in a Google document. If you visit his books at Amazon, take the time to check out the related books on data visualization that Amazon clusters for around these.
Phi Beta Iota: Most serious analysts now understand Citation Analytics 101. It's time to move to Citation Analytics 202, and there is no better way to introduce the art of the possible than by pointing to Kevin W. Boyack, Katy Borner, and Richard Klavans (2007), “Mapping the Structure and Evolution of Chemistry Research (11th International Conference of Scientometrics and Infometrics, pp. 112-123.
There are several take-aways from this article, which is more or less the “coming out” of the Klavens-inspired infometrics field now that he has won his law-suit and has unchallenged access to all Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) access [this was one of the sources we used to win the Burundi Exercise before the Aspin-Brown Commission in 1995].
UPDATE of 22 Aug 2010 to add Viral Video (John Pourdehnad) that started the dialog.
Ackoff Virtual Inqiry Center (AVIC)
There is a discussion underway at Systems Community of Inquiry focused on developing the concepts for a network of Ackoff Virtual Inqiry Centers (AVIC) located around the world. Early on, the original vision for AVIC, offered by Dr. John Pourdehnad, was that AVIC serve as a nervous system for the Systems and Design Community in Dr. Russell Ackoff’s name. With this belief, Dr. Pourdehnad also made clear the need for AVIC to be designed Ideally and created by the stakeholders themselves. The concept is being extended by Gene Bellinger and Kent Myers. The work of Clay Shirky is most helpful:
Below is updated information followed by the original response.
With the permission of Robert Horn, a co-founder of Earth Intelligence Network and also the “owner” of the term “information mapping,” we have posted his seminal work in easy to download and exploit segments:
Human-centered computing should be–but is not today–about connecting all humans with all information in near-real-time, while providing back office tools that elevate the human brain and more properly plan information and communications technologies in a support role. See for example our Citizen-Centered Graphics and all of the OSS/EIN Books. Where the emergent meme is off-target is in focusing on the relationship of the computer to the individual, rather than the whole. Hacking Humanity is the new meme.
+ Collect information from cell phones, news and the web.
+ Aggregate that information into a single platform.
+ Visualize it on a map and timeline.
Crowdmap is designed and built by the people behind Ushahidi, a platform that was originally built to crowdsource crisis information. As the platform has evolved, so have its uses. Crowdmap allows you to set up your own deployment of Ushahidi without having to install it on your own web server.