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Making wordles interesting

By Marc Maxson  ·  July 28, 2011  ·  Data visualisation

Tag clouds were a popular web visualization fad about 3 years ago. Wordle.net provides a really easy way for you to make and share your own. But rarely is seeing the most frequently-used words in a piece of text very instructive.

Today I figured out how to compare two wordles using python. The difference between two sets of information is far more useful than the information in either text alone. To illustrate, here is an analysis of two rape prevention programs in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Mrembo Program teaches pre-teen girls...

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Revisiting a SenseMaker project boosts confidence

By Tony Quinlan  ·  January 21, 2011  ·  Data visualisation

I've spent the first part of this week (and the first few days of my guest-blogging - which I'd not put in the diary) at a fascinating event with Dave. There's nothing quite like a room of diverse perspectives and fierce minds for stimulating your thinking.

As part of the after-dinner entertainment on Monday, Dave talked and I supported with a snapshot of some previous SenseMaker projects - linked around the Children of the World pilots we've been running. I'd spent part of the day between sessions revisiting the material we'd...

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Tools for too much text

By Wendy Elford  ·  September 13, 2010  ·  Data visualisation

One of the hazards of doing research with a broad focus is getting lost in all the information out there. One of the pleasures is just wandering around the internet looking for stuff. Data overload is one of the main reasons I was so grateful to come across the Cynefin framework in late 2006. Apart from this leading later to the opportunity to use SenseMaker™ as research tool, conversations and stories told in doing the accreditation course in Brisbane also led to some exposure to other ways researchers, governments and...

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Seeing perspectives

By Wendy Elford  ·  September 12, 2010  ·  Data visualisation

A big thanks to David Williams who has been the guest blogger since 30th August. Wendy Elford from Canberra here. This first blog in the next stint will skip any real detail on personal history but I will say that both my job roles and interests place me at a halfway point between art and science, and I love to see links made between the two. Being a fan of the post-impressionists (my mother was an artist), I very much enjoyed reading David Williams' last post with the image of Georges Seurat's 'The Side Show'. It's easy to make the...

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