Visualizing Data: 15 Fantastic Examples

In case you have not realized it, the Wikibon community is obsessed with data. You’ve seen our infographics and read Wikibon research on how the growth in unstructured data is accelerating beyond belief, putting a greater strain on IT resources and impacting information storage, IT infrastructure, cloud computing, and virtualization.

To us…Data is beautiful. While we’ve made an attempt to illustrate the impact of data and how it can be managed, manipulated, and stored, there are tremendously creative and compelling ways data can be presented, shared and illustrated. The vision of Wikibon only captures a small subset.

Here are 15 fantastic (and classic) examples.

Portable Data
Portable Data
Section Design’s look at portable data, from the vision of Bill Gates and Paul Allen in the 1970’s to advent of wireless technology and the growing demand for more efficient tools and storage hardware that has become a necessity in our everyday lives. Original Source

When Bots Attack
When Bots Attack
If you want to bring down a country’s information infrastructure and don’t want anyone to know who did it, the weapon of choice is a distributed denial of service attack. Using rented botnets, the bad guys can launch hundreds of thousands — even millions — of infobombs at a target, all while maintaining total deniability. Here is a visualization of how that data transfer between computer systems could work. Source

Visualizing Big Data: Bar Charts for Words
Visualizing Big Data: Bar Charts for Words
Another data visualization via Wired, this visualization illustrates thousands of Wikipedia edits that were made by a single software bot. Each color corresponds to a different page. Source

The Blogosphere: A Fresh View
The Blogosphere: A Fresh View
This classic image renders an amazing depiction of the blogosphere by creating a graph displaying its interlinking structure. The visualization is centered on DailyKos. The highly connected area below center is the socio/political community. Above and to the right is the heart of the technical blogosphere with BoingBoing being the brightest node. Source

One Day of the Guardian
One week of The Guardian: Thursday
This is one day in a series that takes the news from one week of the Guardian newspaper, and visually represents it as a series of static visualisations. Source

Looks del.icio.us
Delicious Visualization
Combining graphics design with programming. The concept is to see how users develop and sustain their tagging methodologies on del.icio.us.
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The Bloom Diagram
The Bloom Diagram
The Bloom Diagram is a project from the IBM Watson Research Center that visualizes the contributions of individuals to open source projects. Source

Akamai Real-Time Web Monitor
Akamai Real Time Web Monitor
Akamai monitors global Internet conditions around the clock. With this real-time data we identify the global regions with the greatest attack traffic, cities with the slowest Web connections (latency), and geographic areas with the most Web traffic (traffic density). Source

Geographical Map of the AS Paths
Geographical map of the AS paths
Rootzmap—Mapping the Internet is a series of maps based on data sets provided by NASA and created by Philippe Bourcier. The one above illustrates a geographical pap of AS paths using right angles links.

The Opte Project
The Opte Project
The Opte Project was created to make a visual representation of a space that is very much one-dimensional, a metaphysical universe, aiming to map every class C network on the Internet from a single computer and a single Internet connection with an overall goal of creating a map of the entire Internet. Source

Real Estate Sales – Mecklenburg County
Real Estate Sales - Mecklenburg County
The image represents a visualization table done by Business Intelligence Consultant Matthew Campbell, combining spatial data and real estate sales in the Mecklenburg County.

The Battle for Web Supremacy
The Battle for Web Supremacy
Via the Web 2.0 Summit, “…incumbents in the network economy are consolidating their power and staking new claims to key points of control.” Using the game of Risk for inspiration, areas of the Web are shown as continents, and countries are the areas where major players have “claimed.” Source

Cognitive Surplus Visualized
Cognitive Surplus Visualized
Via Information is Beautiful, visualizing a stand-out statistic writer Clay Shirky talk about regarding cognitive surplus – the idea of spare brainpower in the world’s collective mind just sitting there waiting, wanting, to be harnessed. Source

Hubspot Twitter Territory
Hubspot Twitter Territory
Hubspot’s graphic comparing how all fifty states compared to the average Twitter Grade. Source

Radiohead House of Cards
Radiohead House of Cards
When Radiohead released their video for “House of Cards” no cameras or lights were used. Instead two technologies were used to capture 3D images: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR.

Via Google, Geometric Informatics scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture large environments such as landscapes. 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes.

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