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Metrics and Dashboards

Metrics are the life-blood of a company. From finances to quality control, you need to have an understanding of what is happening. Dashboards are one way to help surface some of these metrics in a way that is easily understandable and actionable.

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Titanic: Behind the numbers

100 years ago, the RMS Titanic set of on her maiden voyage only to strike tragedy two days later. If we look at the passenger list, what sort of additional information can be gleaned from the data?

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HLS World Map

There are several algorithms out there to programatically generate a color from text, but this takes it one step further and generates a color based on a physical location.

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Geonames Maps

Using geonames’ free data set and a few quick lines of scripting, it was possible to convert a table of boring data in to a sovereign country. Even on a blank page, the borders are distinctly visible without the need to draw them explicitly.

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Ada Lovelace Day: Florence Nightingale

March 24th is Ada Lovelace day with the intent of highlighting the achievements of women in technology. My contribution to this effort is an article about Florence Nightingale and her invention of visualizations and methods to improve the health and lives of everyone.

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