What Is Data Visualisation? The concept of visualising data is truly a fascinating one, and it can be clearly explained only with an illustration. Data visualisation is using graphics and images to present information clearly, and you will find that nearly every company uses this concept to help connect ideas and data together. Rather than having to store all the information in your head, these visualisation concepts make it much easier for you to organise your thoughts, quite literally. There are a number of tools that you can use to make your own visualisation when you need to organise information: - LivePlasma is a tool that enables you to find music and movies that are similar to your favourites. If you enjoy a musician like Bon Jovi or a movie like Gladiator, simply input this information into the data visualisation tool. It will then bring up a large number of other movies or music that shares common factors with the original data. You will be shown a giant 'molecule- like' structure that is connected via various factors to other things that you might enjoy. - Swarm is a data visualisation tool that you can use with Digg. There are hundreds of users and stories flying around the screen of this tool, and users are able to 'Digg' a story. They are then taken to the story and connected to it for a short time, and you will find that this service is great for finding stories with the excellent user interface. - Research Chronology is a tool that helps to track the research patterns of students. The tool uses Delicious bookmarks that were marked during the entire semester, and it helps to connect their various research paths. - TwittEarth is a tool that enables you to see where all of the Tweets from around the world are coming from. The tool displays the world as a giant 3D globe, and the location of the Tweets are highlighted in real time on the map. You can find new Tweeters to follow, or you can just sit back and enjoy the amazing software as it displays the latest data visualisation. - Tag Galaxy displays Flickr tags in the style of a solar system, with various planets and stars being the tags in questions. The star is the tag being searched, and the planets are the tags related to the original search. - Twingly Screensaver is a fascinating tool that allows you to see the blogosphere around the world in real time. The screensaver displays the activity of bloggers around the world as they post, and the steady feed of blog activity makes for a truly amazing display. - The Bloom Diagram is a data visualisation tool created by the IBM Watson Research Center. This tool acts as a visualisation of all of the contributions made by different individuals to the many open source projects currently in operation. - Akami Real-Time Web Monitor displays internet activity around the world in real time. The information displayed includes traffic, network attacks, and internet latency. The colour coded maps are easy to read, but the information is fairly general.
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