Long statistical time series get a new name:
‘The Anthropocene defines Earth’s most recent geological time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans’. -> more
The anthropogenic discussion …
… as to be read at Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (Abstract from: “Will Steffen, Jacques Grinevald,Paul Crutzen,andJohn McNeill The Anthropocene: conceptual and historical perspectives):
‘The human imprint on the global environment has now become so large and active that it rivals some of the great forces of Nature in its impact on the functioning of the Earth system. Although global-scale human influence on the environment has been recognized since the 1800s, the termAnthropocene, introduced about a decade ago, has only recently become widely, but informally, used in the global change research community. However, the term has yet to be accepted formally as a new geological epoch or era in Earth history. In this paper, we put forward the case for formally recognizing the Anthropocene as a new epoch in Earth history, arguing that the advent of the Industrial Revolution around 1800 provides a logical start date for the new epoch. We then explore recent trends in the evolution of the Anthropocene as humanity proceeds into the twenty-first century, focusing on the profound changes to our relationship with the rest of the living world and on early attempts and proposals for managing our relationship with the large geophysical cycles that drive the Earth’s climate system.’
Some statistical indicators related to the anthropocene:
Welcome to The Anthropocene
A special website is dedicated to this topic: http://www.anthropocene.info/en/about
In June 2012, “Welcome to the Anthropocene”—a film about the state of the planet—opened the UN’s Rio+20 summit on sustainable development. The summit was the largest UN meeting to date. A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes.
Translated from Computer Sweden by Google translate:
Of Joel Åsblom
The Swedish decision support provider QlikTech has developed a version of QlikView iPad. Among the users are a Dutch customer who has supplied 150 offices with Apple’s tablet PC.
Qlikview of various widgets.
QlikTech has recently invested heavily in developing mobile versions of the decision support tool QlikView.
– We tailor Qlikview for iPad, iPhone and Android. One can of course also run regular QlikView AJAX client in the browser on them, “says marketing manager Jennifer Ehle QlikTech.
She says that many Swedish customers running pilots of mobile clients, mainly on the iPhone, and that interest is also great from the outside world. The latest example is the Dutch mortgage lender, the Hypotheekshop as equipped sellers of 150 offices with Apple iPad. With them will Qlikview enhance sales and improve customer service.
Among the advantages of QlikView brings out is that Ipadversionen of Qlikview has features to analyze business data directly with customers. Since the iPad has built-in GPS, you can, for example to obtain local information about the inventory data to customers within a specific geographic area.
Qlikview HD will initially be designed for the multi-touch interface that is available in Apple’s tablet PC where you can both tap, pinch and drag to select data points.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has launched a new website called beta.bls.gov. This website will showcase new tools under development prior to general release. The first of such tools is a preview of the data visualization mapping application which displays data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.
Explorations of real-world traffic (from Flowing Data)
Traffic visualizations, mostly in the form of geographic maps, have been popular lately. Governments and organizations have been releasing lots of GPS data, and as a result, we get to see some impressive animations and explore some slick interactives.
We don’t often get to see how cars, trains, subways, airplanes, etc move in physical space, because, well, we’re usually in them, so it’s always interesting to see the big picture. The activity feels very organic as traffic peaks during rush hours and slows down during the night, taxis provide service to and from the airport, and air traffic continues into the late hours. The maps pulsate with energy.
Let’s take a look at some of these great traffic visualizations, some new and some old.
NCVA has developed an open “GAV eXplorer Statistics” Open eXplorer or a generic platform with reduced functionality that can be used free by education or research organizations for none commercial use. This version can easily by customized by an “eXplorer Wizard” application and eXplorer could become the common platform used by different education & research organizations increasing the integration and exchange of information.
Open eXplorer can be requested from NCVA (see names below).
The complete GAV Flash eXplorer statistics version is available under a license agreement by NCVA.
Vislets: From Professor Mikael Jern, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
GeoAnalytics has so far focused on visual tools that analyze and explore data to discover trends and patterns. These tools should also address challenges in support of an integrated editorial and related authoring process with the goal to advance research critical to educational production and publishing. In this context, NCVA now introduces GeoAnalytics tools for Web enabled publication of temporal and multidimensional statistical data, facilitating a seamless integrated authoring tool (Open eXplorer) and storytelling mechanism including automatic generation of HTML code to be embedded as a dynamic visualization with associate metadata “Vislet” into blogs, wikis etc.
The novel “storytelling” framework provides means for the analyst and author to:
- Select any spatio-temporal and multidimensional national or sub-national statistical data
- Explore and discern trends and patterns
- Orchestrate and describe metadata
- Collaborate with colleagues to confirm
- Publish essential gained insight and knowledge embedded as dynamic visualization “Vislet” in blogs or wikis with associate metadata
Visit our Vislet Blog here
The analyst (author) uses eXplorer to import any national or sub-national statistical data, explore and make discoveries through trends and patterns and derive insight. Gained knowledge is the foundation for creating a story that can be shared with colleagues and reach consensus and trust. The visual discoveries are captured into snapshots together with descriptive metadata and hyperlinks in relation to the analytics reasoning. The author gets feedback from colleagues, adopts the story and finally publishes “tell-a-story” to the community using a Vislet that is embedded in blogs or wikis.
This seamless integration (figure) of an authoring, storytelling and publishing solution is based on experience and prototypes developed by NCVA during the last decade and could advance the state of the art in statistical geovisualization publishing facilitating:
- Authoring: data provider (spreadsheet and database), data manager, choropleth map, scatter plot, table lens, parallel coordinates plot (PCP), time graph, data grid, coordinated views, map layers, analytic tools (dynamic query, filter, regional categorization, profiles, highlight, motion charts), advanced dynamic colour scale and legend, create HTML code for Vislet.
- Storytelling: snapshot mechanism, metadata with hyperlinks, story and chapters, edit, capture, save, export story, embed story.
- Vislet: embeddable interactive motion visual representations based on statistical data including choropleth map, scatter plot, parallel coordinates (profile plot), table lens and metadata for publishing in blog, wikis etc. HTML code that characterizes the story-to-be-told is automatically created by the eXplorer authoring tool.
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If you weren’t able to make the Gov 2.0 Summit last week in DC, you’re in luck – videos of most presentations are now online.
We’ll post an update when Ola Rosling’s presentation on public data search and visualization is online.
Tim O’Reilly interviewed Google’s Chief Economist Hal Varian about how government can take advantage of real time data and economic indicators.