Visual data analysis, now.

April 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm 1 comment

The New Media Consortium’s 2010 report is out for their Horizon Project, “a research-oriented effort that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have considerable impact on teaching, learning, and creative expression within higher education.” Of the six technologies they select every year, Visual Data Analysis made the cut. The NMC predicts a 4-5 year time-to-adoption horizon for the world of higher ed, but data visualization tools and books are already popping up everywhere.

To experience some beautiful data visualizations, check out Visual Complexity (a gallery of complex network visualizations and resource for anyone looking to learn more about visualizations) and GOOD magazine (which constantly runs great competitions for infographics about news topics). If you’re interested in global data and transparency, the “fact tank” Gapminder is also definitely worth looking at.

a “word cloud” of this post, created with Wordle

April 23’s daily design idea is get on board with visual data analysis. Many mainstream industries will take far fewer than 4-5 years to start regularly using it.


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