Advanced visualization from IBM can help you gain insight from the myriad of data that your company generates. You can understand much more about the underlying numbers in your data when you can see them. For your visualization to be effective, you need technology that simplifies the visualization creation process and guidance from visualization specialists who can show you the best format for presenting your data. IBM Many Eyes, a web community that connects visualization experts, practitioners, academics and enthusiasts, offers this technology and expertise, along with ways to share and learn from others.
The appeal of the Many Eyes website is that it democratizes visualization. No programming or technical expertise is needed, so almost everyone has the power to create visualizations. You simply follow three steps:
- Upload your public data set. Visualizations created on the Many Eyes website work from simple data formats, such as a spreadsheet or text files.
- Select from a wide variety of visualizations or one recommended by Many Eyes.
- Unleash your insight by sharing your visualization over the web. You can embed a visualization in your blog or easily share it on Facebook and Twitter with a single click.
Who is using Many Eyes and how
All kinds of people use the community at the Many Eyes website to demonstrate research, make a point, understand trends and patterns or illustrate a theory.
Climatologists and environmental scientists are using the Many Eyes website to create visualizations about climate change, weather patterns and fuel efficiency. Life scientists are using Many Eyes to develop visualizations about genes, chromosomes and disease patterns.
Advocacy groups are creating visualizations on the Many Eyes website to support global social services, policy changes and government reforms around the world.
A wide range of journalists, from economics to sports, are using visualizations they created on the Many Eyes website to understand topics such as the stimulus package and major league baseball salaries.
Educators and Students
Educators can produce visualizations on the Many Eyes website that compare college tuition, illustrate student interests and track enrollment patterns.
On the Many Eyes website, you can find expertise contributions from IBM visualization luminaries and IBM Research’s Center for Advanced Visualization. These contributions and more provide guidance on creating the most effective visualizations while describing new trends and advances.
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Powering Many Eyes: RAVE
The underlying technology for Many Eyes is the IBM Rapidly Adaptive Visualization Engine (RAVE), which enables you to describe how the visualizations you want to create should look. RAVE is based on The Grammar of Graphics by Leland Wilkinson and uses IBM patented methods to render a range of visualizations from line graphs to heatmaps and phrasenets to bubble charts. Rapid extensibility enables Many Eyes to continue to quickly prototype and introduce new visualizations in the coming months and years.