Thicket is a platform for rigorous thinking. Users can map out political ideas, discover relevant research, and debate policy claims with others. Thicket puts your beliefs about policy in context, connecting them to relevant academic research and to opposing arguments. Thicket is aimed at students, researchers, journalists, and everyone interested in politics and public policy. The intro video is the best place to start. [more inside]
This map shows a 5,700-year timelapse of the world's cities being born one-by-one, starting with the first known city, Eridu, in 3700 BC. The data is from one of the coolest academic studies I've come across in a long time, which compiled a comprehensive dataset of the world's cities and their historic populations, from 3700 BC to 2000 AD. [more inside]
An interactive map pinpointing the locations of everywhere in NYC that a movie was filmed, 2011 - 2013.
In theory, by looking at the number of bills supported / opposed by a given group, we can estimate its level of engagement and gauge whether events in Congress are working for or against the groups' interests.
The Rob Ford story has been a wild one, but there's so many characters that it's hard to remember them all. I'm a social psychology PhD student studying memes, and I've gotten deep into social network analysis over the past 2 years. Naturally, I decided to find out whether I could apply social network methods to the Rob Ford story. The result is rofo.ca, which displays many of the people, places, events, and phone calls that have shown up in newspapers and police reports. rofo.ca can serve as a complement to Robyn Doolittle's book, Crazy Town, and to the other reporting that has covered Rob Ford.
Data visualizations ported from Processing to Clojure. [more inside]
I have completed a new fun data art project: I translated the ups and downs of the S&P 500 for the year into a reggae-ish song, while an animation represents the data visually and in sync with the music. It's been a record year for the S&P 500 -- and now you can hear it! [more inside]
I did some data visualization of hockey stats, with a couple blog posts. It's all using 2013 regular season data. [more inside]
An animated data visualization I designed in association with CNNMoney went live this morning. It shows and compares salaries for different people (Kobe Bryant, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a minimum wage worker, a physician, etc), accumulating in real-time for 1 minute. Watch the disparity grow second by second!
A generative music system that reroutes your keystrokes into a synthesizer before sending them back to what you're writing. Supports multiple instruments & scales, and aims for scriptable composition backends.
Today you might have noticed Tim Berners-Lee and the Web Foundation (previously) announcing the launch of the Web Index, a global ranking for measuring the benefits and impact of the Web on the world's nations and peoples. If you've visited the website, you might also have played with the visualizations, brought to you by a couple of Mefites.
With the accompanying infographic-heavy blog post, it does what it says on the tin and more. Tracks your keystrokes, makes beautiful pictures and surprising observations from the data. Open source, and you can download 50 days of my data. [more inside]
What environmental catastrophe is your neighbor? A map of all 1.6k Superfund sites and an instant finder for your own by using some interesting math hacks.
A budget transparency visualization for Cook County, IL (Chicago's county) displaying all county departments broken down by fund and control officer from 1993 to 2011. Done as a collaboration with Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey. [more inside]
A slowly rotating circular graphic reveals relative weather data for 50 cities across the globe. Cities are organized according to highest average annual temperature, and precipitation levels animate month to month. Mostly just eye candy, I suppose.
Graph Your Inbox is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to graph Gmail activity over time. You can use it to visualize your communication with friends, your Facebook activity, when you purchased items on Amazon or how often you use certain words or phrases. We provide the same search functionality used by Gmail, but instead of a list of messages we show you graphs of email trends over time. [more inside]