Friday, October 30, 2009

Hans Rosling and Gapminder



Watch an amazing video of a dynamic scatterplot/bubble chart of health in the world.

Video (20 min. – it's worth it!)
Hans Roling: Let my dataset change your mindset
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/hans_rosling_at_state.html

Software website
http://www.gapminder.org/

(Found by Seth Q. )

Saturday, October 10, 2009

GAFFTA & Stamen Design Exhibit Oct 1-Nov 18

San Francisco-based Stamen Design will debut a series of interactive and printed pieces that allow visitors to explore the Tenderloin through a series of different maps and mappings. Using data from the Uptown Tenderloin Historic District, public data made available by the City of San Francisco’s datasf.org, and other data sets, the project will provide a unique view on this fascinating neighborhood.

The Tenderloin has many faces: National Register Historic District, entry point to San Francisco’s immigrant population, notoriously vice-ridden streets, home to diverse communities and the city’s largest population of children, seat of some of the city’s oldest architecture, the only largely working-class neighborhood within the downtown area, and birthplace of the sexual liberation movement predating the Stonewall riots. Most recently, a new wave of artistic and cultural activity (including GAFFTA) is changing the face of the neighborhood once again. Using real world geographic, demographic and cartographic data, this exhibition will offer unique perspectives and unexpected insight to this complex and dynamic nexus at the center of San Francisco’s cultural and social fabric.

Check it out.

Flowing Data – List of Places to Find Data Sets

http://flowingdata.com
Click URL or logo to go to a great list of data resources. Perfect for project 3 (courtesy of Martha P.)





Another resource for data from Nelson M:
http://www.data.gov
A new government website for raw public data.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Obama day

October 9, 2009.
Obama wins Nobel Peace Price.

Barack Obama's life interactive timeline.

Michelle Obama's family tree -- Interactive graphic.
Her Great-Great-Great-Grandmother: Melvinia "Mattie" Shields McGruder (1844-1938) was a slave who lived in South Carolina and Georgia.