Tools (Any further recommendations please send my way as this list is no means definitive)
Processing – The environment of all the experts – I think processing is very easy to pick up and learn but you will need to work at writing code. The forthcoming ‘Beautiful Data’ book might be a good way in.
Many Eyes – A very usable way to create quite straightforward datavisualisations – Created by IBM.
Flare – A set of libraries for Flash which let you prototype visualisations – you do need Flash knowledge for this.
Arduino – Linking physical objects to the internet a la ‘Physical Internet’ has really started to interest me and there is a growing crowd of people ‘Doing it with others’ – The Arduino is a very simple to use piece of electronics that can be flashed to control devices or transmit data to the internent. Thanks to Make and Instructables – There has never been an easier time to break out the soldering iron and get building.
Yahoo Pipes – Even non coders can start to play with data – Using Yahoo pipes you can take all sorts of data feeds and aggregate them together to manipulate them.
Flowing Data – Nathan is a curator of data and stats – Flowing data is a superb resource for more traditional forms of data vis. He also created ‘your flowing data’ which is a system of capturing data through a mobile interface and twitter. Sort of like daytum.
Serial Cosign -A great resource.
Visual Complexity – A great resource.
Infosthetics – A great resource.
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