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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Resources, Visualisation | 1 comment

Information Graphics

Information Graphics

Taschen’s Information Graphics book is the most comprehensive I have seen concerned with modern (and historic) data visualisation. The book itself is worthy of its own infographic as it weights about 5kg and spans nearly 500 pages to include “200 projects and over 400 examples of contemporary information graphics from all over the world—ranging from journalism to art, government, education, business and much more”. Maps feature heavily in the book with examples from the New York Times Graphics Department’s coverage of presidential elections, Axis Map’s brilliant typographic maps of Chicago and Boston, Eric Fischer’s Flickr maps, and National Geographic’s award winning World of Rivers (below).  The production quality (as you would expect from Taschen) is very high and there is not a pixelated image in sight. I found the book extremely interactive with many fold-out pages to explore and colour coding according to theme (Location, Time, Category, Hierarchy). With most of us consuming graphics largely on-screen it is nice to see them compiled in printed form. My biggest concern about...

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Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in London | 0 comments

Time Travel Explorer London

Time Travel Explorer London

I have recently purchased the slimline version of the Time Travel Explorer (TTX) London iPhone App. There are two versions available: the slimline version (cost £1.79) or the pro version cost (£5.49). The prices sit neatly either side of the Lonely Planet Guide to London app (cost £3.49). This is relevant because both can be used as city guides. Whereas the Lonely Planet includes entertainment venues etc, the TTX guide appeals to the historians and map geeks out there with a series of historical maps and information. These have been seamlessly integrated with a contemporary map of the city and can be viewed by dragging a slider bar (see below). The app is a big one- 355mb- and it takes a while to download and install. This is due to a rich range of content. The 750 points of interest have extensive written information, 150 have audio guides and there are 1500 images. POIs are shown as push pins on the map; or as part of a searchable list…...

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Posted by on Aug 25, 2009 in Resources | 1 comment

Applied Spatial Data Analysis with R

Applied Spatial Data Analysis with R

I have just reviewed the book Applied Spatial Data Analysis with R which has been published in the September2009  issue of the Royal Statistical Society’s Significance magazine. Applied Spatial Data Analysis with R is an accessible text that demonstrates and explains the handling of spatial data using the R Software Platform. The text’s authors have all been key contributors to the R spatial data analysis community, and the range of their contributions is evident from the comprehensive coverage of this work. It will appeal to those familiar with R but not spatial data, and vice versa, as well as those proficient in both and in search of a reference text. I highly recommend the book to those interested in embarking on spatial data analysis, those proficient in handling spatial data in other software and want to utlise R, and those already using R to manipulate and analyze spatial...

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