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OPEN DATA Initiatives and visualisation techniques

Data super-visualisation in Prof. Rosling’s BBC Programme, The Joy of Stats., shown on BBC TV in November 2010. He uses Trendalyzer software.

The full 60 min. prog. is now available worldwide on Rosling’s Gapminder site: The Joys of Stats

TED has a set of Rosling’s talks.

YouTube search on Hans Rosling has many more.

The BBC programme was aired was right in the middle of Wik/Ass. Didn’t immediately see the connection between WikiLeaks data and visualisation. Hadn’t yet seen the visualisations for the Iraq war logs.

Making data dance – Hans Rosling has become an online star by using data visualisations to make serious points about health policy and development

Economist 9 Dec 2010

His stats website is :

The bit that particularly fascinated me in the BBC Rosling documentary – though it was all fascinating – was about San Franscico’s open data policy, exemplified by the release of the Police Department’s crime reports, which has been tuurned into an interactive map by Michael Migurski andEric Rodenbeck of Stamen Design > Crimespotting



Stills from Joy of Stats showing real-time changes in crime patterns

Rosling talks of community statistics in action, with the public looking at the data and suggesting ideas to tackle crime or improve neighbourhoods.

Local government is adopting open data policies with alacrity.  A quick search shows the extent of developments.

DataSF –  datasets available from the City & County of San Fransisco

Innovative Open Data Legislation San Francisco

Page from Rotterdam Open Data with links to San Fransisco Open Data legislation  recently enacted

Open Data Links, a page from Visible Government, A Canadian initiative ‘promoting online tools for government transparency.’

E.g.  Fix My Street Canada

Other open data projects

Radical cartography – race maps for Chicago, New York, San Jose

Rotterdam Open Data –  lists projects from many coutries

e.g.  Trafford  Open Data Maps (Manchester, UK)

Another project from the UK:

Crime Mapping

e.g.  Cornwall Crime stopper produced using InstaAtlas which has 2 other examples


Chart Wars: The Political Power of Data Visualization

5 min video extolling the virtues of visualisation and graphic literacy.

From :

Mapping your city with pictures taken by others

Radical Cartography and Urban Racial Maps

December 20, 2010 - Posted by | graphic literacy, Iraq war logs, Open data, public statistics, visualisation

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