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Book Review: Information Dashboard Design, by Stephen Few

2020 is the year of the dashboard! This is not because dashboards are new, but rather their use has exploded as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University remains the most popular dashboard, recording more than 4.5 billion views in a[…]

Book Review: Making Data Visual, by Danyel Fisher and Miriah Meyer

Making Data Visual – A Practical Guide to Using Visualization for Insight, by Danyel Fisher and Miriah Meyer is a slim volume that fills an important niche in the data visualization literature. It is not your typical data visualization book that provides tips on creating charts, the use of color, or the importance of annotation.[…]

Charlottesville Fire Department Leverages Community Volunteers

The Charlottesville Fire Department (CFD) is using community volunteers to expand its capabilities and integrate data-driven processes into the core of its operations. Volunteers contribute both time and an expanded range of technical skills allowing CFD to focus on its core mission while also investigating new capabilities, forming unique data collaboratives. The era of regular[…]

Breaking Down Albemarle’s Commonwealth’s Attorney Race

In one of the more interesting races last night, Robert Tracci defeated incumbent Denise Lunsford for the Commonweath’s Attorney position in Albemarle County. Below is a more detailed visualization at that race on how Tracci was able to win. This work was made possible because of open data provided by the Virginia Department of Elections[…]