Some stunning visualizations came online in 2011. Here’s my top ten.
1. Globaia’s Anthropocene Mapping 1.2
2. International Space Station time lapse from North to South America
3. 300 years of fossil fuels in 300 seconds
4. Visualizing the global digital divide (Gregor Aisch)
5. History of the world in 100 seconds, according to Wikipedia. Watch the time ticker bottom right. Historic events in Wikipedia are cross referenced with latitude and longitude coordinates.
6. Globaia, From Ecosphere to Anthrosphere
7. NOAA, 800,000 year carbon dioxide record. This is a visualization of arguably the world’s most important dataset: the palaeo record of carbon dioxide. It shows unambiguously how far beyond natural boundaries we have travelled in just a few generations.
8. National Geographic, 7 billion
9. NOAA, the Big Heat visualized
10. Facebook. Facebook is the pinnacle of the Industrial Revolution: the industrialization of friendship. (Paul Butler, technically 2010).
(I am using the term “data visualizations” quite loosely to include animations and movies.)
And there’s more…
It’s Christmas, let’s throw in a few more crackers from 2010:
BBC the Joy of Stats. Hans Rosling’s whistle-stop tour of the last 200 years (2010)
BBC, How Earth Made Us (2010)