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Barry Ritholtz has pulled together a great collection of charts mapping out how we tend to view economic cycles. Check out his post for an interesting related discussion.

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IBM has coupled with Many Eyes to create a visualization warehouse of US Congressional legislation. It’s a pretty complicated tool, so definitely watch the “quick tour”.  Pick a search word and go exploring. You can explode just the relevant parts, view earlier versions, read the whole thing, and save them as favorites.

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Roll-over popups include descriptions and links to other periodic tables.

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49 Indicators for about 209 countries, accessible through a gapminder type interface.

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Map Projections

In: Maps Reference

10 Mar 2010

A lot of people are familiar with the distortions of the standard Mercator projection, but Radical Cartography has a pretty comprehensive annotated library for browsing if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Updated tools from Google to design your own gapminder type maps, graphs, and animations. Has been updated with recent World Bank, OECD, and other datasets. (via).

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I’ve just started playing with this new online interactive visualization tool, but it looks fantastic.

Here are some examples of what other people have produced with it:

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A nice annotated table. Related article.

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Comprehensive visualization of the US Supreme Court. It works best as an office poster, obviously – and can be purchased that way for your lawyer friends. It’s the first project from TimePlots – I look forward to more good things from them in the future

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Would make a good poster. Some of the predictions are questionable, of course. (via)

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Enter an address on the triptrop site and a Googlemap will come up overlaid with subway travel times to various part of NYC. (via)

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Several sites have noted Google’s new “Image Swirl” toy (FlowingData for example).  It’s fun to play with. An example search for “Santa” is below. I would add that the standard Google image search now has a number of really cool options: you can filter by image size, dominant color, and type of image (photo/clipart/drawing – those these categories aren’t always accurate). Filtering by image size, for example, can help exclude pay-for-image library thumbnails.

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