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Dear readers, this post is in. French only did it Refers to a presentation only available in French – more to come in Français!
I had the pleasure of attending the Fair for Free Software in Quebec , held on 6 and 7 December 2010 at the Laval University in Quebec City. This first show was an opportunity to bring together professionals from Free Software, interested citizens and obviously members of different government, whether municipal, provincial or federal. With hundreds of registrants, the show reflects the growing importance that takes open technologies in our society and the role they can play in enabling our company to power a digital economy in a sustainable manner.
The presentation that I have made ​​is called ” Government 2.0: Data open Web and Views “. It was for me to show how to leverage technology to enable a democracy more modern and transparent. This is a presentation that requires no real understanding of technique, but the tone on the issues that arise, while providing some answers on how to cope. I tackles including two major projects on which we worked: OSIRIS for the City of Dieppe and our viewer expenditure .

Infografía sobre quiénes realmente están escaneando los códigos QR

QR codes are everywhere these days — in fine art exhibits, some cities’ building permits, wrapping paper and every imaginable kind of marketing campaign.

QR code-focused startup JumpScan was kind enough to send along a graphically organized representation of some data they’ve gathered about QR codes — who’s scanning them, what kinds of devices they’re using and what brands are running QR code campaigns.

Cooler still, you can scan every QR code in this infographic to get more info, making this Mashable‘s first interactive infographic. So have your smartphones at the ready, and click the image below if you need to see a larger version.

When you’re done clicking, scanning and learning, riddle us this in the comments section: When was the last time you scanned a QR code, and what did you get out of it?

Me parece muy creativa manera de representar infromación con una temática definida.

Pure Process: Picking the Creative Brain | Brain Pickings

Pure Process: Picking the Creative Brain

What coffee, ironing and crying newborns have to do with the birth of an idea.

UPDATED: The Creative Process Illustrated: How Advertising’s Big Ideas Are Born is now out and we highly recommend it.

What if we knew how great ideas were born? Do great minds really think alike, or is the creative process as unique as our DNA? Can insight into another person’s process help you enrich and polish your own?

Creative academics and researchers Glenn Griffin, PhD and Deborah Morrison, PhD set out to answer these questions and more in an exploratory project-turned-book-deal dubbed Pure Process — an investigation into the minds of the advertising industry’s greatest creative thinkers. In a series of experiments, the researchers analyzed the “process drawings” of these top creative professionals — a visual answer to the question:

 What does your creative process look like?

Illustrated with a Sharpie on what Griffin and Morrison call a “process canvas,” the creatives revealed the routes they take to finding and catching ideas. The results: Just as incredibly diverse, wild and, yes, messy as you’d expect them to be.

So far, the lineup includes all-stars like Alex Bogusky, David Kennedy, Luke Sullivan, Kevin Roddy, Nancy Rice, and David Baldwin, among others. But they’re still looking for submissions — so if you live and work in the larger world of ideas, and you’d like your own creative process dissected and shared with the world, shoot them an email to be considered for inclusion.

It’s important to spend time NOT thinking of ideas. It often comes together when I’m neutral and quiet like in the shower or sound asleep. ~ Danny Gregory, ECD of McGarry Bowen

Pure Process is set for publication next summer by How Books. You can follow Glenn and Deborah on Twitter for updates on the project.

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How to use fun (and free) data visualization tools for online storytelling | Poynter.

How to use fun (and free) data visualization tools for online storytelling

Some stories can be tough to visualize and make interactive on the Web. Many times, they involve boring data sets that are difficult to read, or aren’t visually stimulating enough for video or photos.

Here are a few fun, free visualization tools that you can use with a variety of data sets:


Wordle takes chunks of text and transforms them into colorful word maps. Its website describes what it does best:

“Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.”

Wordle also removes words like “the,” “and,” “of” and “a” to showcase the meat of a text document. And it takes documents that may bore your readers and makes them visually stimulating and easier to digest.

Here are some ideas for utilizing Wordle online (and even in print):

  • Lengthy reports from government agencies.
  • Legal documents.
  • Speech transcripts (see an example using Obama’s 2010 State of the Union Address below).

Tip: If you’re trying to copy/paste PDF text into a Wordle, but the text isn’t selectable, try importing it into Document Cloud. Document Cloud will give you a stripped-down chunk of selectable text after processing the PDF.

Click on the images above for a larger view.


Dipity.com is the best interactive time line tool I’ve come across. Not only is it free, but it allows you to use text, links, pictures and video in your time lines and then embed the time lines into stories.

With the free account (there is also a premium option) you can edit, embed and customize any time line, but users will have to put up with a little advertising. To use Dipity, you sign up for a free account and select “create a time line.” Give the time line a name and description and set permissions.

Add events to your time line and fill in the fields to include multimedia. When you’re done adding events, click “save and view time line.” If you ever need to edit your time line, log in to Dipity and select the events you need to change. You can even customize the look of your embedded time line.

Additionally, Dipity makes public time lines searchable, so anyone can stumble on your content if you’ve keyworded it correctly.

Tip: To drive more traffic to your site from Dipity, put a link in every event.


Martin Luther King, Jr. on Dipity.

This time line, which was featured on Dipity.com in January, highlights significant moments in Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.


With batchgeo.com, ugly chunks of data become interactive maps in the time it takes to copy, paste and click.

BatchGeo.com is a free, Web-based tool that lets you make interactive maps from spreadsheets. You can embed these maps on your websites and easily edit or update them. Since BatchGeo.com uses Google Maps, they’re also visible on mobile devices.

If you want a highly customized map, there is an upgrade option,

To make a map, start by creating a spreadsheet with the data you want to map based on the template that BatchGeo.com provides. The top of each column on the spreadsheet should be the title of a category like “address,” “city,” “state” or “description.”

When your spreadsheet is complete, copy and paste all of the cells (including the titles for the columns) into the BatchGeo.com form. Validate and set your options and click “Make Google Map.” Your data will process and markers will appear on the map.

If you’re happy with your map, save it. You’ll receive an e-mail with a link to edit or update the map at any time.


  • Unless you’re mapping spots in multiple countries, always select “United States” for the region. Also, always include city, state and (if possible) ZIP code. This will help BatchGeo locate your data points.
  • Use the “group by” option to categorize your data. Each “category” or “group” will have a different colored marker.
  • After you save a map, go back and edit the map’s properties. Specifically, make sure the “expiration” option is disabled. That will keep your map from disappearing if no one views it for over two months.
  • When updating data, always select “validate & set options.” Some options may automatically reset, so you want to make sure your options are set correctly.

Examples of BatchGeo.com maps

View Douglas County Foreclosures in a full-screen map.

Excelentes herramientas GRATIS en la web para crear visualizaciones propias

La revolución del garabato de Summi Brown




On my way to Wimberley a couple of months ago, I got a call from Derek Woodgate. He was on the planning team for TEDx UT and I assumed he was going to ask me for speaker recommendations, since our team had just produced TEDx Austin and we had a long list of incredible possible presenters. You can imagine my surprise then, when he said that the committee wanted me to be one of the speakers. I mean – I’m good – but I wasn’t sure if I was TEDx good. However, never one to miss an opportunity, I said yes and then hung up and had to roll down my window to get some fresh air. Speaking in front of academicians and graduate students about visuals and the brain opens yourself up to all sorts of criticism about your empirical data. But I’m Ms. Brown. Risk never stopped me before. So, like all good girl scouts, I did a lot of homework, prepared for weeks, and custom-doodled my slides so the audience would have fun and learn at the same time. I think they did and I think I did justice to the TED brand. Once I get the digital video, you can see for yourself.