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Conceptualizing Decentralized Systems with Grilled Cheese

There’s a new post up on the Akashic Labs blog today, describing a metaphor we found helpful for conceptualizing the difference between centralized and decentralized systems. Let’s say there’s a … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Data All The Way Down: Structured versus Unstructured Data

A lot of people have strong opinions about what is and isn’t data. But as is often the case in situations where people have strong opinions, everyone is both a little right, and a little wrong.

October 6, 2012 · 1 Comment

Visualizing Common Ground

Chuah and Roth present seven features that they have identified as important components of a visualization system for remote collaboration. They refer to these features as “common ground”.

February 24, 2012

The sensemaking process and leverage points for analysts as identified through cognitive task analysis

Pirolli and Card present a model of the “sensemaking loop”, the process by which analysts gather, filter, understand, and hypothesize about information.

February 2, 2012 · 2 Comments

Visual Analytics Literature Review

I’ll be posting summaries and commentary on of academic papers as I come across ones that you might enjoy.

February 2, 2012

What Ethnographers Do: The Art of the Email Interview

The internet is a many-splendored thing. It provides a great opportunity to learn more about people, largely unrestricted by geography and time. However, it also presents a significant challenge.

July 31, 2010

Quantitative: Why You Need Stories

Only once I have the story to connect with the data will the patterns in the numbers make sense. Only when I have the story and the data can we paint a complete picture.

July 19, 2010

Quantitative: A Look at the Big(ger) Picture

A significant spike in the number of fertilizes in Plant Wars has an unlikely origin.

July 7, 2010

Quantitative: Some Plant Wars Player Patterns

We have some new visualizations for your viewing pleasure, this time of individual Plant Wars players!

July 6, 2010

What Ethnographers Do: Interview Guide

Part of the documentation we assemble before every project is an interview and observation guide. It’s supposed to serve as a checklist for supplies, as well as a guideline for … Continue reading

July 4, 2010