Boundaries, Beauty and Truth – the Information is Beautiful Awards

Boundaries, Beauty and Truth – the Information is Beautiful Awards

The Information is Beautiful Awards aim to reward dataviz that pushes boundaries, illuminates truth, and celebrates beauty. And this week the winners for 2018 were announced. So, if you’re mad about data, dotty about design or if you’re even just looking for inspiration for your next data project, checking out all the winners is a must. With categories that span “Arts, Entertainment & Culture”, “Leisure, Games & Sport”, “Maps, Places & Spaces” and “People, Language & Identity”, as well “Politics”, “Science” and “Breaking News”, you can now see the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in one place here.

The growth of alternative data

The growth of alternative data

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“Investors today are demanding actionable intelligence from new and expansive data sources at an increasingly rapid rate.” That was the thinking behind the recent acquisition of Quandl – a provider of alternative and core financial data – by Nasdaq. This time last year, Deloitte estimated that spending on alternative data could exceed $7 billion by 2020, with an annual growth rate of 21 percent. For organisations looking to use alternative sources to gain an advantage, Barrachd has developed a powerful new tool to help you analyse social media data at scale – check out Monatair here.

All you need is the air that you breath, not to kill you
All you need is the air that you breath not kill you
The average person on Earth would live 2.6 years longer if the air contained none of the deadliest type of pollution, according to researchers. And this number depends on where you live… The Washington Post has put the data to good use to highlight the inequalities in air quality around the world… Find out how the air that you breath is affecting your longevity.

Teaching dataviz to kids

Teaching dataviz to kids

Think of the things you learnt at school – how to read, write, count… the fundamentals of education. But as data becomes increasingly central to our daily lives, being data literate becomes fundamentally important too. This fascinating article looks at the importance of teaching children how to interpret data and become graphically literate. From board games to lego, interpreting dataviz can be fun!

Building a smart city, “from the internet up”

Building a smart city, “from the internet up”“To make a device “smart” means to add internet connectivity, allowing it to collect, send, and receive data, often while learning and adapting to user preferences. The technology industry appears to believe that “smart” means better. We have smart speakerssmart thermometerssmart baby monitorssmart window shades, and smart ‘toys’, all perpetually collecting rich user data to send back to company servers. Soon enough, we’ll have a smart city. And Sidewalk Labs is building one “from the internet up” in the downtown Toronto.”

Posted in Big data, Media roundup On December 7, 2018 By