Visualising Data

We live in a world ruled by information. Our surfing habits, entertainment preferences, travel destinations and social media behaviour all add to the raw data. There is an interesting new breed of blog that explores and interprets some of that information.  Information is Beautiful has posts ranging from the frivolous (peak break-up times on Facebook), to the political (the correlation of spikes in terror alerts with impending elections), to the simply jaw-dropping (a breakdown of global oil consumption). Flowing Data has recently discussed an animated record of US elections since 1920, mapped the worldwide distribution of tweeters and linked to relationships between various Mexican drug cartels. Both sites offer copious links to other lovers of order out of chaos.