This weekend I started working through the Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization and Statistics by Nathan Yau, the writer and data visualisation expert behind flowingdata.com.
I’ve been interested in this field for some time but haven’t invested the time to learn the new technical skills required to really push myself, partly through fear of programming. So, I sat down with the book, opened a text editor on my Mac and fired up Terminal.
Updated 14 November 2012: the solution to get an RSS feed for a generic tag (not a tag by Delicious user) in this post no longer works (thanks Judith Townend for mentioning it on Twitter). If anyone has a workaround to get an RSS feed for a tag, please add it in the comments section.
This is an internal presentation I gave to researchers at the West Midlands Regional Observatory last month. My aims were to advocate for the open data movement’s principles, and to translate policy developments during 2009-2010 into meaningful and practical steps the researchers could take. I tailored the presentation to those working with datasets every day.
At the end of 2009, Councillor Ken Hawkins and I worked together to set up a new website that Ken uses to write about issues in Elmdon and Solihull in his role at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.