Relating to another colleague’s intersession class, I lost a lot of time browsing the Periodic Table of Visualization Methods [via Boing Boing]. The periodic table itself is pretty nice, though I found it distracting that the abbreviations were not the expected abbreviations from the periodic table of elements. What would be great would be if, in addition to getting examples of the visualization methods on mouse-over, clicking took you to a page describing the method in detail. I also find their distinction between data and information visualization interesting – they seem to use a distinction similar to the one I often use in class but stressing to a greater degree the impact information, as compared to data, has on cognition – a distinction I might choose to borrow and stress myself next semester.

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