Can big data reveal hidden patterns of political contributions? A new initiative, The Forest of Advocacy [vispolitics.com], developed by what is described as “LazerLAB and the Northeastern Centers for Computational Social Science and Digital Humanities (NECSS/NEDH)”, aims to release a new visualization every week, from now on until the election.
Google Just Produced a MAD Visualization
Mapping Arms Data, that is. It visualizes the imports and exports of small arms, light weapons, and ammunition across 250 states and territories between 1992 and 2010. Specifically:
• Military weapons include artillery, mortars, machine guns (sub, light, and heavy), assault rifles, combat shotguns, and machine pistols.
• Civilian arms consist of pistols, revolvers, sporting shotguns, sporting rifles (anything not rated as a military item including fully automatic weaponry).
• Ammunition includes shotgun shells and small caliber ammo (anything below 14.5mm which isn’t fired from a shotgun).
Image: Screenshot from the visualization.
A new video platform, My Block NYC, has one simple and amazing goal — to create a collective map of New York City using people’s videos.
Launched on Tuesday, My Block NYC allows users to upload videos to a certain street. Users of the site can then filter videos not just geographically but by age, time of day and topic.