Finally—some clear thinking about proper uses of data visualization.

At AVS, we frequently struggle with the steady stream of unqualified “expert” opinions about best practices in data visualization that litter the blogosphere and misinform those new to the practice area.  How refreshing to come across the excellent post by Anna Li (originally posted at http://www.poynter.org/uncategorized/224413/why-rainbow-colors-arent-always-the-best-options-for-data-visualizations/) that underscores the importance of color selection and strategy in application design.  The OpenViz API makes each point discussed by Anna a fundamental capability… 

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Is SMB ready for Big Data? Probably not…

How small data can also be big data

Mark van Rijmenam, founder of BigDataStartups.com nails it in this Smart Data Collective piece (via http://smartdatacollective.com/bigdatastartups/142421/how-small-data-can-also-be-big-data) How Small Data Can Also Be Big Data Gartner’s definition of big data dates back from 2001, when Doug Laneydefined big data as increasing volume (amount of data), velocity (speed of data in and out), and variety (range of data types and sources). Since then the term big data has been redefined many times by many… 

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Big Data and Interactive 3D Data Visualization Create Enhanced Insight

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We at AVS are huge fans of Smart Data Collective, but when we saw this piece on data visualization we shuddered (and chuckled) at the following statement: “Avoid 3D At All Costs  Three-dimensional charts can add unnecessary confusion when it comes to data. The perspective makes it seem that information marked by the back axis is less important than that in the foreground, which is rarely the case. It’s best… 

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Infographics where they belong: In a music video

We are not huge fans of infographics, mostly because they tend to deliver entertainment value instead of rapid, high-impact insight like classic data visualization.  So we were amused when we spotted this Fast Company article today: DATA VISUALIZATION MAY BE THE MOST EXCITING SECTOR OF GRAPHIC DESIGN. BUT FRANZ FERDINAND’S NEW VIDEO HAS SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT IT.   “Infographic” is just a catchy word for “data visualization.” And data… 

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