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Data Visualization

August 2, 2007

In the mess of enormous data, how can we present them in a clear and intriguing way? That’s what data visualization is all about. Take the above snapshot as an example. Amaztype presents you books search via Amazon.com based on your keyword. Clicking at any book cover, an information window shows up, telling you the title & the author of the book, as well as Amazon user rating. You can randomly pick up a book. However, it may not be more helpful than what it looks like in searching for the book you want.

Smashing Magazine collects several web sites, just like Amaztype, which show “the most interesting modern approaches to data visualization.” Some are quite interesting to learn more about the topic. For instance, BBC’s interactive timeline presents the history of Great Britain. It uses the dots to indicate the events. You can also learn three other topics, slavery, women’s rights and technology, as well as the Kings and Queens in “Take a journey”. Certainly it’s easier and clearer for non-British people.

For other interesting presentations, check out Smashing Magazine.

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  1. August 3, 2007 2:15 am

    Those interested in search visualization could find http://www.searchcrystal.com also of interest, since it lets you search and visually compare multiple engines in one place. You compare, remix and share results from web, image, video, blog, tagging, news engines as well as Flickr images or RSS feeds.

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