Monday, April 4, 2011

Making Data Palatable

I'm intrigued by the NY Times story about the ways in which companies and individuals are making raw data into new and different things, making the numbers into something visual and compelling.  My favorite quote in the story:
“Statistics,” says Dr. Hans Rosling, a professor of international health at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, “is now the sexiest subject around.”
Dr. Hans Rosling
Now that's worth paying attention to.

Rosling's attention to data has been a part of Gapminder, a group dedicated to illustrating the gaps between the haves and the have-nots.

The Hive Group has a data-driven visualization of the top 100 iTunes songs, among other things.

The most impressive of these is the Youtube video in which Rosling discusses his method and gives a demonstration on the connection between wealth and health.

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