Have you been to Visualizing.org yet?
The site has been around for a little over a year now, and it’s truly wonderful. Visualizing.org is a social media site for data visualization. They provide data for design projects, tools for sharing and embedding visualization projects, and a free forum for uploading and sharing work. According to their “about” page:
By some estimates, we now create more data each year than in the entirety of prior human history. Data visualization helps us approach, interpret, and extract knowledge from this information….We created Visualizing.org because we want to help connect the proliferation of public data with a community that can help us understand this data.
What is particularly intriguing and unique about Visualizing is their focus on using data visualization as a means of addressing social issues of global concern.
To help raise public awareness of health, energy, and environmental issues, Visualizing sponsors a series of challenges to its community, making data available to designers and awarding cool prizes for winners. Right now, they are sponsoring two challenges:
HeadsUP! Times Square Visualization Challenge: “Design an animated, data-driven indicator that alerts the public to current groundwater trends and conditions and brings this issue into focus.” Grand Prize: $2500, plus your data visualization featured on the 19,000 sq foot NASDAQ display in Times Square.
Economist Intelligence Unit U.S. Manufacturing Challenge: “Visualize the dynamics of U.S. manufacturing….Find a compelling story in the data and follow it through the past, present, and future of U.S. manufacturing.” Grand Prize: $2000 and a featured appearance on The Economist’s website.
Visualizing is also a unique forum in its partnering. Bringing together academic institutions, “knowledge partners” and “media partners,” they provide an important link between public scholarship initiatives and institutions with the resources to support these efforts on a large scale.
So, are you ready to use your information design and visual communication skills to make a difference?