Tagged: Data

So what is an API and why does it matter that Trade Me just released one? - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Sep 30, 2010

This afternoon Trade Me announced the release of their developer application programming interface (API). This is really cool news … but why? An API is a set of programming instructions and standards that enable different software applications to interact. Hmmm …. that’s the sort of description that probably only makes sense to people who already … Read More

Six months of seismic activity in under a minute - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Sep 08, 2010

I created a video to animate six months of 2010 New Zealand seismic activity data picked up by the GeoNet sensors. The animation begins in April and ends a few days after the 7.1 quake that hit Christchurch on September 4. Keep in mind three things when you view the video. Blue circles represent seismic activity recordings. Each event … Read More

Mapping quakes in Canterbury - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Sep 05, 2010

I awoke yesterday morning to a stream of tweets and news articles reporting a massive earthquake near Christchurch. I followed the coverage throughout the day, reading the surreal accounts of everyday scenes turned upside down. Every so often an aftershock would ripple across Twitter and I would get a sense of the rhythm, if not the magnitude, of the event. Read More

Why visualise data? - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Sep 03, 2010

Why visualise data? In the introduction to his classic text, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward Tufte answers this question in three words. “Graphics reveal data”. To illustrate his point Tufte asks the reader to examine four datasets of eleven (x, y) datapoints, collectively known as Anscombe’s quartet. I’ve reproduced them in the … Read More