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What the Internet looks like: The undersea cables wiring the ends of the Earth –   Leave a comment

What the Internet looks like: The undersea cables wiring the ends of the Earth –

“The information age is powered by thin fiber-optic cables buried in the sea bed, spreading between continents to connect the most remote corners of the planet. These great arteries account for practically all of our international web traffic, and each one has been logged by Washington research firm Telegeography in its interactive Submarine Cable Map 2014. The company’s research director Alan Mauldin told CNN about the world’s underwater networks. Click through the gallery to find out more. 
– Interview by Kieron Monks

Posted March 4, 2014 by arnoneumann in Infographic, Information, Internet

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Storytelling with Big Data: Thoughts on VISUALIZED | @ScientificAmerican, Scientific American Blog Network   Leave a comment

As told by Jen Christiansen :

“As an attendee at the inaugural VISUALIZED conference last week in New York City, I was ready to experience, as the website described, “an inspiring two-day gathering with the brightest minds and social innovators from around the world who are changing how we understand and interact with data; and gain insight into designing data-driven narratives that connect with audiences and visualize the human experience.”

The event certainly delivered on that promise. With a rapid-fire lineup of 32 speakers over two days, things skewed interestingly—but perhaps not surprisingly—towards the experimental. Or perhaps those are the presentations that made the biggest impact on me among several days of maps, network diagrams, dynamic charts and bubble diagrams.

On second thought, I should use the word “experiential” instead of “experimental.” It’s a term that came up many times as the presenters emphasized a need to engage with the audience in order to inform them. Cartogram wall sculptures as prompts for storytelling, generative sound sculptures, personalized place-based network jewelry, and sound from scribbles certainly engaged me. But I’m not sure how much they informed me. I can’t deny that these more abstract examples of data visualization do tell stories—as does art, poetry, dance, and music. Inspirational? Most definitely. But several steps away from data journalism, and outside of my world as the art director of information graphics at Scientific American. And yet these are the examples I’m compelled to share.

Other themes and examples were more directly connected to the sort of work I do every day. Presenter after presenter spoke of the need for context. Simon Rogers, data journalist and editor at the Guardian, summarized that need succinctly: “Numbers without context are just numbers.” And as Amber Case, cyborg anthropologist and the founder of Geoloqi, and others emphasized, it’s our job to make the invisible visible.”

AN : Jen Christiansen blogs for Scientific American here re a recent                ” Visualization ” conference in NYC. Grappling with numbers and data is made easier through visual means including infographics but we are reminded that context and analytics of data are not precluded by the mere exercise of visualization. What we need in all of this  demystifying of the murkiness is to ” make the invisible visible ” ! I am reminded of the Biblical scriptural refernce in Proverbs ch.4 : 7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding. ” . We should not just gather information and then portray it…we need also to realize its implications , interpertations and its power to and for us.

via Storytelling with Big Data: Thoughts on VISUALIZED | @ScientificAmerican, Scientific American Blog Network.

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