- Series: MIT Press
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press (January 24, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262526190
- ISBN-13: 978-0262526197
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Visual Insights: A Practical Guide to Making Sense of Data (MIT Press)
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In the world of visualization and information graphics, the bibliography about thematic maps and statistical graphs is becoming abundant, little by little. However, studies of how to design network diagrams and conceptual maps are rare, and usually available only through scientific publications. Katy Börner and David Polley's book is the first serious attempt at offering a theoretical and practical introduction to this discipline, aimed not just at specialists, but at any reader, regardless of her or his background. I foresee that it'll become the textbook of choice for many instructors.(Alberto Cairo, Professor of the Professional Practice at the School of Communication of the University of Miami and author of The Functional Art: an Introduction to InformationGraphics and Visualization)
A good visualization is never done easy-peasy; good visualization is a science, a craft, and an art at once. If you want to become a visual data explorer and learn to produce meaningful visualizations, this book is a good guide for such a journey. It is a must-read for students at iSchools and those in the Digital Humanities, and a recommendation for inhabitants of the various interdisciplinary valleys in the science landscape.(Andrea Scharnhorst, Head of Research at Data Archiving and Networked Services and member of the e-humanities group at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam, Netherlands)
In this age of knowledge abundance, policymakers and the public need to quickly understand complex information, and this book takes a giant leap forward in this arena. The knowledge system has become a global enterprise, and it is one that involves collaboration and interdisciplinary linkages. These trans-boundary links require new metrics and the use of new methods of examination and explanation. Katy Börner and David Polley's book creates a map into the new knowledge terrain that we will all be transiting soon.(Caroline S. Wagner, Milton and Roslyn Wolf Chair in International Affairs; Director,Battelle Center for Science & Technology Policy, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, OhioState University)
Following in the footsteps of the richly illustrated and highly informative book The Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know, Professor Katy Börner and David Polley's new book Visual Insights: A Practical Guide to Making Sense of Data brings theory and practice in seven manageable chapters to both new initiate and engaged user, giving an insightful overview of the field, and making accessible the methods and techniques to empower the reader to become a visualization practitioner.(George Legrady, Director of the Experimental Visualization Lab and Chair of the Media Arts & Technology doctoral program at the University of California, Santa Barbara)
About the Author
Katy Börner is Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science at Indiana University and the author of Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know (MIT Press). David E. Polley is on the research staff at the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University.
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I've done data visualization for the last six years, primarily with Maltego penetration tester's toolkit and Gephi. The Sci2 tool introduced by this class can do many things the other two platforms can not and the underlying theory being taught is good as well.
Prior to this I took Lada Adamic's Social Network Analysis class and Matt Jackson's Social and Economic Networks: Models and Analysis, both on Coursera. We're learning to handle temporal, topical, geospatial data, and networks in the IVMOOC class. It's technically less challenging than the others, it's more about exploring the Sci2 tool set and visualizing stuff you already understand a bit.
Will refer others to the class as well as purchasing this book.
Great full color visualisations in the book. Almost like a coffee table book for people who are into information visualisation.
"In the world of visualization and information graphics, the bibliography about thematic maps and statistical graphs is becoming abundant, little by little. However, studies of how to design network diagrams and conceptual maps are rare, and usually available only through scientific publications. Katy Börner and David Polley's book is the first serious attempt at offering a theoretical and practical introduction to this discipline, aimed not just at specialists, but at any reader, regardless of her or his background. I foresee that it'll become the textbook of choice for many instructors."
Don't expect an introduction to the main principles of information design. I believe that the authors assume that whoever is reading this book will come to it with some previous exposure to the basics of the field. Instead, Visual Insights is much more focused on conceptual maps, thematic cartography, and network visualizations, which is great, as there are not many books out there that cover those. Besides being readable, by the way, the book is also beautiful to look at.