Google purchases data visualization tool

Once again, some hot news from my ex-student Adi Gadwale: Google recently purchased a data visualization tool from Professor Hans Rosling at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute (read the story). Adi also sent me the link to Gapminder, the tool that Google has put out. For those of us who’ve become addicts of the interactive visualization tool Spotfire, this looks pretty familiar!

4 thoughts on “Google purchases data visualization tool

  1. The tool developed by Hans Rosling is absolutely spectacular! It presents data in a multidimensional, dynamic way. No wonder Google acquired it! It’s really top-notch.

    Tatyana (Professor Shmueli’s former student (2005))

  2. Thanks for pointing to this great TED talk Elyas! Indeed, it shows the power of "open data". Let me mention three related sites of interest: is a recent website released by the US government to help taxpayers track where their money is going. The beautiful interface and graphics are due to the involvement of experts such as Ed Tufte and Ben Shneiderman in the advisory panel.

    Another good example is EveryBlock Chicago (previously The data source is now the Chicago police, but I think that previously individual users could update crime information. is based on user-generated data. The graphics are far from being great (pie charts with colored slices???), but the data collection idea is cool.

    I noticed that most of the uses of open data (as shown on the TED talk) are by mashing up to create map charts. What about other types of uses beyond geography? I think we're ready for the next innovation!

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