Archive for January, 2007

Shane Schick and pies for many eyes

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Yesterday, I blogged about the new collaborative data visualization site called Many Eyes. I am only one among many who have contributed comments to the websphere in the last few days about Many Eyes. In scanning through some of the comments by others, I found an article by Shane Schick, who, although well intentioned, doesn’t [...]

Many Eyes can be better than two

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Previously in this blog, on two separate occasions I commented on new web-based services—both available to the public—for exploring and sharing data visually: Swivel and Data360. I welcomed the worthwhile intention of both—to provide a public forum for sharing and discussing insights discovered in data—but I found the visualization capabilities of both rudimentary and in [...]

Periodic table of visualization methods exhibits poor visual design

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Most of my rants about the poor state of data visualization are aimed at business intelligence software vendors that dabble in the field without understanding it, resulting in poorly designed and ineffective software. Every once in awhile, however, circumstances prompt me to redirect my aim toward the academic visualization community. Even though academic researchers are [...]

Intelligent Enterprise Readers Choice Awards feature an odd data visualization winner

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

When the Readers’ Choice Award in the data visualization category given by Intelligent Enterprise magazine—one of the few periodicals focused on business intelligence—goes to IBM Visualization Data Explorer, we should question the merits of these awards. Don’t get me wrong; IBM Research does some exceptional work in the field of data visualization, but IBM Visualization [...]

Data360 — Another new venue for sharing data

Monday, January 1st, 2007

Not long ago I wrote about a new Web site called Swivel, which serves as a venue for posting, exchanging, and exploring data. Although I was critical of its data visualization implementation and concerned that it might encourage people to make absurd and misleading comparisons between variables, I was encouraged that such a venue for [...]