A Time Machine with 4SQ data

The guys at Foursquare are known for their awesome data visualization. Foursquare began its life as a way to see what your friends are up to, but it has quickly evolved into a artificial intelligence / recommendation engine that knows you and your surroundings. Location and detecting patterns based on socially generated data are key to the […]

The NBA brings Big Data at your fingertips

As a kid I used to love the NBA. At the time MJ was still playing so it wasn’t much of a competition to me, it was all about the Bulls and my favorite players Jordan and Pippen. I also collected the cards that came along with each new season. I remember these cards having […]

Tweetbeat: The Global Twitter Heartbeat

A Big Brain supercomputer is processing 50 million tweets a day and is visualizing real-time heat maps of positive and negative sentiments expressed on Twitter. This really is Big Social. Silicon Graphics International (SGI) has partnered with researchers from the University of Illinois to scan tweets in a project called the Global Twitter Heartbeat using SGI’s UV 2000 Big Brain […]

Mapping a city’s flow using Uber data

The past few months we have seen some great data visualisation tackling a range of topics from the Hurricane Sandy map by Google to the Big Data in the Big Apple map by Foursquare I wrote about. I write about the topic of visualisation for two reasons. One, I want to stress the importance of visualisation when handeling (big) data […]

Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication

How does a Leonardo Da Vinci quote fits Big Data? The answer to this question lies within the art of visualizing and making people understand complex material. A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on the idea of ‘Big Data at your fingertips‘, arguing that it’s one thing to get the (big)data, however […]

Big Data at your fingertips: Google Consumer Barometer

‘Discover and select the items of your interest to scope and graph the data’, this is the tagline of the Google Consumer Barometer. A excellent example of how to make sense of a whole lot of pieces of small data and the importance of visualisation. The Consumer Barometer is a global effort by IAB Europe in partnership […]