The Dangers of Bling Data Visualizations

Here is a great article by Michael O’Connell and Eric Novik (originally published on information management) that discusses how poor visualization techniques lead to loss of data, insight, and usability. Given the volume of information that’s pouring into the enterprise from so many disparate sources, knowledge workers need to be able to visualize information in order to analyze it and extrapolate insights effectively. When business users can visualize information, they’re… 

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BI Greatly Informs Decision-Making

A very interesting article written by Roman Vladimirov (originally published by SmartDataCollective) that touches on how SMB’s can benefit from BI and how companies are getting a complete view of their business by integrating data from many departments into their analytics. In the operations of every successful business, regardless of size or industry, all the pieces matter. Everything from the most minute details of daily IT processes to the larger… 

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Why We Remember Some Visualizations and Forget Others

Memorable visualizations

This a great article by Tiffany Trader (originally published on HPC Wire) that addresses our concern that data visualization is being reduced to BI chart simplicity because of the limitations of BI tools and a lack of imagination and skill by visualization designers:  Researchers from Harvard and MIT have teamed up to address an important question: what makes a data visualization memorable? The conventional opinion is that it’s easy to… 

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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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