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Data and visualization year in review 2013

If you are in for some cool data visualizations, check the FlowingData’s year in review post:

There were several themes throughout the year, but the most important was the strengthened connection between data and reality.

After staring at these for a while, I’ve realized there’s a theme of themes: the majority of the visualizations cited in the post combine the cold abstract numbers with representations that we are extremely familiar with.

✚ This reminded me of the story HighScalability posted in memory of Grace Hoper:

Computing pioneer Grace Hopper, inventor of the compiler, searched for a concrete way to create an intuitive understanding of just how fast is a nanosecond, a billionth of a second, which was the speed of their new computer circuits. As an illustration she settled on the length of wire that is as long as light can travel in one nanosecond. The length is a very portable 11.8 inches. A microseconds worth of wire is a still portable, but a much bulkier 984 feet. In one millisecond light travels 186 miles, which only Hercules could carry. In today’s terms, at a 3.06 GHz clock speed, there’s .33 nanoseconds between ticks, or 3.73 inches of light travel.

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Pizza chains by FlowingData .

Original title and link: Data and visualization year in review 2013 (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)