Sunday, March 27, 2011

GE Brings Good Things to Life with Visualizing #edtech

Today's post is going to be another one of those "resource" websites.  It's not necessarily a specific tool, instead it is a site with access to a number of tools. The site?  In the interest of full disclosure, I have discovered that they are operated by "General Electric".  Yes, you read that right GE.  They, like many others, have discovered that  "data visualization helps us approach, interpret, and extract knowledge from information" and have partnered with a number of academic institutions and knowledge based conglomerates including Parsons, the University of Virginia and TEDMED among others to bring data to life visually in the areas of Health, Energy and the Environment.  But they also have a nice search engine with a number of filters that quickly reveals the data is not limited to these categories.
They also encourage users to upload visualizations they have done.  Wouldn't Tim Berners-Lee be proud?  Like this example from Kovas Boguta on how "Twitter User Influence" during the recent events in Egypt (you really need to click the link to get the full representation).  I think you'll agree that words can't do justice to this visual representation.

All works must be shared under a  Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License. And they are currently working on tools for schools that will help "you share teaching material with other teachers".  I am hoping that these tools will include ways to create visualizations from Data.  At the moment, they only allows for uploading of completed visualizations.  You really have to dig hard to find the tools used to create these representations.  Perhaps someone could create a visual just for those tools?  Until then, enjoy Visualizing! I know I can get lost there for hours!
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