Showing posts with label #datavis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #datavis. Show all posts

A year in #socialmedia #datavis

Yesterday I posted my "prediction scorecard" reflecting on the #Ten for the Next Ten predictions I had made back in 2010. In the upcoming Blueprint 2013 you will find my scorecard for the predictions I had made in Blueprint 2012.

Today, in honor of the new Pew Global Attitudes Report on social media - here are a few snapshots of my year in social media.

A wordle of this blog, courtesy of Kyle Reis, a friend and attentive reader:

My year on Twitter, courtesy of Vizify. You can do this too at

For some context, here's the new Google Zeitgeist reports on what the world searched for in 2012.

And here is the "Pulse of the Planet" according to Twitter.

And, because I love cartoons, here's the year in cartoons from The Washington Post.

Beautiful and Brilliant Awards

I've called out great info presentation from Humanity United and the Knight Foundation over the last years. I'm happy to add the three following examples of "beautiful and brilliant" information sharing from foundations.

  • Mozilla Foundation for its Annual Report (includes videos, short sections you can click through, great photos, right information)
  • Irvine Foundation's Art Innovation Fund evaluation - engaging site, right-sized information categories, key points easy to find, useful, intuitive infographics.
  • The Hewlett Foundation's Periscope tool for its grants database. The plusses - you want to play with it, it's easy to look for patterns, find gaps, query clusters and ask new questions. Best thing - they're licensing the software under a Creative Commons agreement to other funders. The downside - it makes it clearer than ever before that grants data can only tell a small part of any story. 

Evaluation reports, annual reports, and grants databases - three common foundation communications. Thanks to Mozilla, Irvine and Hewlett for upping the ante on how to present this information in a ways that might encourage us to use it.

A picture worth $3.8 billion

(From The Hewlett Foundation)

The Hewlett Foundation is launching a free, Creative Commons licensed tool for looking at grants data. It's hosted now, on their web site, and makes it much easier (and more fun) to find patterns among the 7,148 grants that the Foundation has made since 2000.

·       Largest grant made?  $460.8 million
·       Organization most frequently granted to: Stanford University: 162 grants over 12 years, covering programs as diverse as nuclear disarmament, school reform, and for Black physics students
·       Program area with most grants: Global Development and Population (GDP): 1,658 grants

You can display the grants data by year, program, type of grant and then dig into the Hewlett Foundation’s funding history for each organization as well as click over to the organization’s own website. 

“We created this tool to visualize data so anyone can quickly identify key trends and patterns in our grantmaking,” said Patrick Collins, the Hewlett Foundation’s Chief Information Officer.  “You can easily find our largest grants or follow the level of funding for a particular subprogram or geographic region over time.  By clicking the shaded boxes, you can learn more about the organizations we fund and see a detailed, 12-year history of our support for each grantee.  We think this tool takes foundation transparency to a new level and we hope it enables users to easily address two of the most common questions we receive: ‘What do you fund?’ and ‘Where do you work?’  

The most exciting thing about this persicope view is that the Hewlett Foundation is making the software that powers it available as an open source resource. Other foundations and grantmakers can use this to display their data, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has already received the source code. Perhaps the 15 foundations (so far) who have signed on to report their grants in common format will use this to display all of their grants. We'd then be able to see the trends across participating foundations, identify gaps and overlaps, and ask new questions of the data. You can also check out the company that made the site to learn about the choice of visualization techniques.

This tool from Hewlett, along with the recent reporting commitment announcement and the launch of MarketsForGood represent a collective step forward in sharing and showing philanthropic data. It's up to us now to put it to use.

One minute, please

Big Data. It's gotta be a buzzword, doncha think?

I'll get to that, but in the meantime I wanted to share this visual, created by DOMO, of how much data gets created, sent, moved every minute of the day. A friend emailed it to me - the original came from visualnews. Put all these 1s and 0s together, throw an algorithm or one thousand at them, and, yep, we're talking biiiiiig data.

FYI, at the #recodegood charrette last week one of the participants noted, "What we don't know about big data - what it means to have all this information stored, possibly forever, aggregatable and separate from us as individuals - is at least as big as the data themselves."

More soon.

The most fun evaluation report you've ever seen

The Knight Foundation does #DataVis again - check out this "report" on their grant to Macon, Georgia for a social game focused on community building.