There are a lot of tools available to help create data visualizations–so many that it may be difficult to know where to start. The people at have put together an extensive list of their recommended data visualization tools. Rather than simply providing a long list, they have only included the tools they use the most–and a nice filtering mechanism.

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The video above shows the movement of over 800 iPhones in Europe during April 2011. There are a few other versions of iPhone Fireflies 3 at By the way, Crowdflow is collecting iPhone location log files in order to visualize wifi and cellular data networks around the world. If you are interested, you can in contribute the location data from your iPhone on

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DisplayCabinet from bashford on Vimeo.

How cool is this?

DisplayCabinet is the output of 24 hours with Tim Burrell Saward and Dan Williams “connecting up our things to the web, our environments to our things, and our things to us” as part of the Pachube Internet of Things Hackathon.

Little bits of data, revealed in the right context (in an unobtrusive way), can be totally enlightening. I like how projection is used here as opposed to the screens we are all so used to seeing.

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