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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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Piracy Watch

In: Maps Reference

12 Nov 2009

As a demo for their “visual fusion” software, idvsolutions has produced an interactive map and timeline of global ocean piracy. Not bad, though bing maps seems to be having trouble integrating with it a little.

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This is a bit old (the data ends in July ’08), but I like this animated approach to displaying high frequency data over time. Something like this might be interesting to do for cross-country financial data-series.

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Impressively, Jon Peltier came up with a way to do this in excel (and check out his blog for other really cool excel chart tricks and solutions)

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Available as a print or free PDF file, from Financial Graph and Art. (via Ritholtz)

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