Week 8 – Blog Post

Visualisation is an important tool in discovering new patterns, relationships and knowledge. From the use of archives, information or data is put together to form visuals such as maps, graphs and many more. The images below displays three different types of information graphics based on collected data and research.

Image 1 

This information graphic is described as an “annotated scatterplot with equality line”. It shows the earnings between males and females based on a range of different occupations and then compares these with the line of equality. Personally, i think that this is a very interesting form of visual as equality is a vast concept that i never would have thought can be condensed or analysed into a graph such as this. Based on this information graphic, one can see the wage gaps between men and women in different sectors of working industry. From such findings, hypotheses can be created for further understanding on why these trends are taking place. Personally, i think that this is a very useful visual that can allow governments to come up with strategies and tactics in bringing the wage gaps of both genders closer together.

Source: http://www.improving-visualisation.org/vis/id=140

Image 2 

This is a “World Bank data visualizer”. It is a “a complex visualisation tool to make available 49 indicators for 209 countries and 18 aggregates from 1960-2007”. Indicators included in this visualizer are  social, economic, financial, information & technology and environmental. According to its source, “The visualisation is completely customizable bubble chart in the spirit of ‘gapminder’ and the user selects the x and y axis dimensions as well as the variable that determine the size of the bubbles and the time point to be displayed.”

As a large organization, there is no doubt that World Bank has a large archive consisting of large amounts of data and information from countries based on their continuous research. This visual is useful to the organization as it makes comparisons of different countries based on aspects such as the social, economic and financial much easier. All data is condensed into this “customizable bubble chart” which provides fast and easy access to important information.

Source: http://www.improving-visualisation.org/vis/id=316

Image 3

“This is an online application that presents backdated meteorological data from Augsburg, Germany. The tool combines the advantages of several static visualisations, such as tables, line graphs and bar charts into a streamlined display.” – DataViz

This “3D Infographic” is another useful piece of visual which explains meteorological data in a very creative and effective way. I like how it uses 3D in displaying its data. Just by the use of lines, the info graphic is able to include data from many different aspects such as temperature, luminosity and wind direction to name a few. Once again, it saves analysts a lot of time and effort in condensing data collected from research.

Source: http://www.improving-visualisation.org/vis/id=276

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