Friday, February 02, 2007

IBM Crowd-Sources With Many Eyes

New ways to display data on the fly ...

"IBM launched a new social computing site today called Many Eyes, which allows users to upload very large data sets, choose different visual representations for the data sets, and engage in an online discussion of what the data reveals.

Each visualization will allow for an active discussion to take place and become a common area to share ideas, add insight and understand the visualization in a group setting.

Currently, the site presents a set of interactive visualizations that provide insight into a variety of topics -- from cereal nutrition data to the fertility rates of countries worldwide. Visitors can upload new data sets by cutting and pasting from their own Excel spreadsheets or tab/comma delimited text files and then create their own visualizations.

According to Irene Greif, director of collaborative user experiences at IBM Research, IBM launched Many Eyes in an attempt to learn whether the principles of crowd-sourcing can be applied to the analysis of visualized data, in the hopes of generating broader and deeper analysis of data."    (Continued via Internet News)    [Usability Resources]

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