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March 28, 2008

Many Eyes - Sharing Data & Data Visualization

I've been wanting to share this amazing tool for quite a while, and am just getting around to blogging it. ManyEyes is a social technology tool for data visualization from IBM.

Many Eyes:
http://services.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/home

Web 2.0: Many Eyes

You could write a dissertation about the features and potential applications of this. Briefly, here are some of the main points that have attracted my attention.

1. Collections of data visualizations created by other users on specific topics. Below is shown the Health topic hub.

Web 2.0: Many Eyes

2. A variety of data visualization models available. Here is one.

Web 2.0: Many Eyes

3. Data visualizations are INTERACTIVE. You can click on topics or portions of the graphic for some of the visualization types, and then redraw the graphic to focus on just that element within the visualization and dataset.

Web 2.0: Many Eyes

Of course it has all the usual social technology features -- join a group, comment on someone's dataset or visualization, share with others, work with a group, collaborate, embed in a blog ... Are you smiling yet? I am. :)

You can even embed in your blog either of two ways. Here is an example I think will interest you - University of Michigan Faculty Salary data. The first embed is a static image, and the second is an interactive visualization.

Static image:

ManyEyes: Visualizations : University of Michigan faculty size and average salary by dept (no subdepartments)

Live interactive visualization:

ManyEyes: Visualizations : University of Michigan faculty size and average salary by dept (no subdepartments)

Posted by pfa at March 28, 2008 07:48 AM

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