Data Visualization Exhibition at the British Library

The ‘Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight’ exhibition has just opened at the British Library’s Folio Society Gallery in London, and it runs until 26 March 2014.

A small but relevant selection of works, from mid 19th century up until now.

http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/beautiful-science/

Free admission.

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Climate Asia

A project from BBC Media Action, looking at the personal impact of climate change, in terms of the impact on people’s lives: http://www.bbc.co.uk/climateasia

The data portal is comprehensive and, given the huge amount of information, easy to navigate. However, if you are not in academics or big-time interested, it will hardly catch your eye up-front… 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaaction/climateasiadataportal

Fracking, Spanish style + Webdocs Interactive Narratives’ Links

Interactive narrative format by Spain’s RTVE: http://lab.rtve.es/fracking/

And a list of some tools to produce these ‘webdocs’ or interactive narrations (also in Spanish): http://blogs.lavanguardia.com/elcuartobit/editores-para-crear-narraciones-interactivas-y-webdoc-10830#more-1229

Some other useful links:

http://www.klynt.net/

http://soundcite.knightlab.com/

http://timeline.knightlab.com/

http://storymap.knightlab.com/

http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/how-the-guardian-built-multimedia-interactive-firestorm/s2/a553101/

The Dangers of Bling Data Visualizations

Use with care:

http://www.information-management.com/news/the-dangers-of-bling-data-visualizations-10025306-1.html?zkPrintable=true

“Infographics are typically designed to grab your attention and tell a story that would otherwise have to be described in narrative form. They can be catchy, aesthetically pleasing, thought-provoking and sometimes puzzling in their method of presentation. The puzzle may be part of their appeal, but sometimes the data is so obscure that the message gets lost on most consumers.”

Los Angeles Times’ The Homicide Report, a story for every victim

From my colleague Ransome Mpini: “A data vis 7 years in the making, the LA Times Data team has gone beyond the usual stats reporting and are actually putting the human story to the numbers: http://homicide.latimes.com/

Users can drill down right to see homicides in a particular neighborhood. This seems the most dangerous: http://homicide.latimes.com/neighborhood/vermont-vista

“Data journalism as public service,” according to Graphics Editor Javier Zarracina (Spain).