data visualization

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The Growing Importance of Data Storytelling

Data storytelling refers to the ability to effectively communicate insights from data using narratives and visualizations. When done right, it can be used to put data insights into context and inspire action from decisionmakers.

May 7, 2023 - National Recreation and Park Association Open Space Blog

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The Importance of Good Data Visualization

When done right, data visualization effectively translates complex data into easily understood visuals in the form of graphs, charts, maps, plots, animations, and more.

February 13, 2023 - The New Stack

Austin Race map

Esri App Makes Data Visualization Easy

A wealth of pre-authored policy maps lets users access data to explore public policy issues.

April 8, 2019 - ArcWatch (Esri)

London 1854

What’s the Life Expectancy in Your Neighborhood?

To create a tool for people better understand their cities and communities, Quartz mapped life expectancy in cities down to the census tract levels.

December 16, 2018 - Quartz

Hurricane Sandy New York City Flooding

As Temperatures Increase, Maps Show Sea-Level Rise Will Devastate Cities

Data visualizations illustrate the catastrophic consequences of single-digit global temperature increases.

October 29, 2018 - The City Fix

Urban Grid Logic

Chart Your City's Street Network to Understand its Logic

The roads in your city might conform to a grid, or they might divert around natural resources or landmarks. A new tool aims to help you visualize the "hidden logic" behind urban growth.

August 14, 2018 - CityLab

Pasture land

Mapping All the Land Uses in the Lower 48

A massive data visualization project illuminates the land uses that define the United States.

August 1, 2018 - Bloomberg

City Data Platform

Presenting Municipal Data in an Interactive Map, Nashville Style

The city of Nashville launched the NashView interactive data map earlier this month.

February 27, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive

D.C. Metro

Metrorail Travel Patterns Revealed

Commute data for one of the nation's premier rail transit systems, revealed.

August 23, 2017 - Greater Greater Washington

Yuppies Out

Who's Mapping Gentrification, and Where?

In these cities, data on gentrification has been compiled to build mapping tools documenting the process. The hope is to identify neighborhoods where low-income residents are at risk of displacement.

June 27, 2017 - Data-Smart City Solutions

Homeless Encampment

Mapping to Explain Homelessness in the U.S.

A team at Sasaki has created the "Understanding Homelessness" website, full of interactive features and one particularly helpful data visualization.

April 13, 2017 - CityLab

Gentrify Occupy

Visualizing Gentrification in 9 Cities

A new atlas explores the multiple causes of gentrification through bold graphics and data visualizations.

November 14, 2016 - Creative Review

United States from Space

DataUSA: An Intuitive Tool for Public Data

A collaboration between Deloitte, Datawheel, and MIT has produced an intuitive aesthetically-pleasing gathering point for public data in the United States. Specific locations and industries boast easy-to-read profiles.

May 2, 2016 - CityLab

Visualizing Parking in the City of Brotherly Love: Parkadelphia

An intrepid city employee created Philadelphia's first mapping tool for visualizing the layers of regulation and management that govern when, when, and how people park in Philadelphia.

March 24, 2016 - Plan Philly

L.A. Data Viz

Los Angeles Debuts Open Data Visualization Tool

Containing more than 500 open datasets, GeoHub lets users access the wealth of data Los Angeles makes available. The tool is also intended to help employees from different city departments work together.

March 10, 2016 - Next City

Shanghai Shopping

Visualizing Global Urban Growth Through 2030

Geographer Duncan Smith mapped the predicted trajectory of worldwide urban growth from 1950 through 2030. Concentric circles of different shades show where and when growth was (or will be) the most dramatic.

December 24, 2015 - CityLab

'ManyCities' Uses Mobile Phone Data to Visualize Human Activity

A new online visualization tool makes it easier to read and understand data about mobile phone usage in four cities around the world, including Los Angeles and New York.

September 10, 2015 - MIT Technology Review

Old Timey Ticky Tacky

400 Years of Single-Family Homes in America

A data visualization project illustrates the long and varied traditions of American single-family housing.

August 4, 2015 - The Washington Post

Angelino Heights

Mapping the Age of Every Building in Los Angeles

Developed using open data from local government sources, built: LA is a mapping tool that displays the age of every building in the county. Much of the area's built environment is surprisingly old.

June 19, 2015 - CityLab

Sequoia State Park

An App for California State Parks

California's Department of Parks and Recreation is getting into the app business. It is hoped that CaliParks will help improve access to the state's parks for young people and minorities.

March 21, 2015 - The Bold Italic

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