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Building elegant, open source data visualizations for the web

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  • The eyes have it...* Building elegant, open source data visualizations for the web Iain Dillingham giCentre, City University London
  • What we're going to do...
    • Get some data
    • Get the data into the right form View slide
    • Visit the visualization zoo View slide
    • Build a visualization
    • Share our visualization
  • Get some data...
    • The World Bank has loads!
    • And it's all in XML
    • Time required to start a business (days)
  • Get the data into the right form...
    • Command line? Scripting language?
    • Google Refine
    • A great tool for working with (messy) data
  • Visit the visualization zoo... Heer, J., Bostock, M. and Ogievetsky, V. (2010) 'A Tour through the Visualization Zoo'. Queue. 8(5), pp.20-30.
  • Build a visualization...
    • Protovis: a JavaScript visualization library
    • Elegant, concise, beautiful!
    • http://vis.stanford.edu/protovis/
  • Build a visualization...
    • How about a treemap?
    • In under 20 lines of code
  • Build a visualization...
    • Or a line chart?
  • Share our visualization...
    • We can put it on the web
    • Embed it with other text and graphics
    • The source is easy to read, copy and paste
    • Share on GitHub
    • And fork to your heart's content
  • The eyes have it...* Building elegant, open source data visualizations for the web Iain Dillingham giCentre, City University London * Shneiderman, B. (1996) 'The eyes have it: a task by data type taxonomy for information visualizations'. In: IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages, 1996. Proceedings. IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages, 1996. Proceedings. pp.336-343.