Spotlight Interview: Santiago Ortiz, Visualizing Possibilities

Santiago Ortiz has lived around the world doing what he loves best - designing information visualizations - and building an impressive profile along the way. For starters, he has taught classes in arts, mathematics, technology, and design at universities in Portugal, Colombia, and Madrid. He collects and displays his research, digital works, and work with clients on his website moebio.

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Featured Chart: U.S. Government Spending by Department and Type

Sometimes we find ourselves with really interesting, newsworthy data, but can't seem to find a way to share it with others in an easy and attractive way. Take for instance USASpending, a website that displays government spending so that the public can see exactly where their tax dollars are being spent. They offer Summaries where they display the dollar amount being spent based on government agency, location, or 'prime awardee' - who is receiving and spending the most money, and how.

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Spotlight Interview: Jeff Sheehan on the Power of Social Media Marketing

Sales and marketing professional Jeff Sheehan (@jeffsheehan) is a self-proclaimed “twitterholic,” and we can understand why. His 185,000+ Twitter followers tune in to his tweets to follow his social marketing blog, to occasionally hear inspiring quotes, and to gain his expert advice in B2B marketing and LinkedIn.

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Featured Chart: VerdadAbierta's Data on Missing Persons in Colombia

Today's featured chart provides an example of iCharts global presence and the universality of using charts to share information quickly and easily. VerdadAbierta, which literally translated from Spanish means "open truth," is an organization that uses data to bring to light the truth about armed conflict in Colombia. The site looks at issues of justice and peace, illegal business, and ways to help the public understand the injustices occuring in different areas around the country.

 

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Moritz Stefaner's Intersection of Truth and Beauty

Moritz Stefaner has created a name that distinguishes himself from any other data visualizer. Working with information aesthetics, user-interface design, and with a couple of co-authored books as well as numerous talks on information visualization - the data wiz has adopted a title that encompasses all that he does: Truth and Beauty Operator.

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