Sound appealing? Probably not! Unfortunately, this is the sad reality for many children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Even worse, this sad reality is only for those children lucky enough to even attend school. In the world today, there are 58 million out of school children, and 43% of those children will never start attending school.
FFunction, a Montreal-based data visualization studio, and UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) recently launched 2 interactive data visualizations. Both are creative and innovative ways to present information.
- Out of School Children – Explore how gender, income, and location affect a child’s education
- Left Behind – View how and why African girls struggle to obtain an education
For more on the topic, see my entire guest post on the DataKind blog, Data Visualization for Good – Education in Africa
Just this week, I have become aware of 3 free online books for data science.
- Interactive Charts
- Geographic Plots
Frontiers in Massive Datasets
Frontiers in Massive Datasets is a report all about how science, business, communications, national security and others need to learn to handle massive amounts of data. Whether the data has been sitting in a database for years or it is now just screaming into the systems, massive data is now a problem for almost every industry. This report covers many of the topics that need to be addressed when dealing with big data. Here is a very brief overview of the topics:
- Building Models from Massive Data
- Real-time Algorithms
- 7 Computational Giants of Massive Data Analysis
Foundations of Data Science
Foundations of Data Science is a draft of textbook written by John Hopcroft and Ravindran Kannan. It is intended to be a text for computer science with an emphasis more on probability and statistics rather than discrete mathematics. The authors argue that knowledge of working with data is a necessary skill for computer scientists of the future. This is clearly the most technical and academic of the 3 books, but if that is your thing, your should really enjoy browsing through this book. Here are some of the topics.
- High-Dimensional Space
- Algorithms for Massive Data Problems
- Singular Value Decomposition
- Graphical Models
Accel Partners, one of the largest big data investment firms, hosted a panel discussion on Data Visualization and Data Stories.
There is nothing magical about this data. It is just income data. The magic comes from the excellent visualizations, and the story being told. If you need to make your data come to life, this video is an excellent example.
Here is a data visualization of the paths of tornadoes in the US over the past 56 years. The brighter the blue, the more intense the tornado. This is also an excellent example of using opendata. The raw data is available at data.gov.