One of the things exciting us at Claremont right now is data visualisation (so much so that we’re hosting a seminar on it this week, more to follow). Here’s 5 data visualisation that show off what’s possible.

MySociety travel-time maps

A real trailblazer this one. Nowadays open data is at the heart of government but back in 2006 mySociety were breaking new ground in their travel-time maps collaboration with the Department of Transport. These interactive maps showed you the possible places you could live in London on a certain budget and with a certain commute time.

London commute times on the travel-time map

Billion Dollar Gram

David McCandless popularised data visualisation in the UK with his blog and book Information is Beautiful, and the first time he really caught my eye was with The Billion Dollar Gram. Produced in the aftermath of the 2007-8 credit crunch it provided great perspective at a time when talk of billions and trillions filled every news report.

Billion Dollar Gram

Hans Rosling’s Gapminder

Quite possibly the first data visualisation rock star, global health expert Hans Rosling uses his Gapminder visualisation tool to reveal the truth behind development issues with all the urgency of a sports commentator. Here he is making the best use of the Dragon’s Den studio since Levi Roots pitched Reggae Reggae Sauce.

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New York Times’ Osama bin Laden sentiment analysis

The New York Times Data Visualisation Lab is innovating in the use of data for journalism, and in particular visualising the response from readers. A recent piece that caught our eye was this one capturing people’s reactions to the news of Osama bin Laden’s death; a great example of how visualisation can provide a snapshot overview and still drill down to an individual data point.

NYT Osama bin Laden response

Sound Mapping in New York

Finally, something a bit different. Put together by architect Mark Edward Campos, this is a visualisation of 24 hours of sound in an area of New York, so turn on your speakers.

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