About this Blogsphere:

This blogsphere attempts to capture, catalog and share resources relating to visual perception of information. It is about a world mostly dealing with Physical (Touch, Taste, See/Sight, Smell and Hear) and sometimes Metaphysical (and that is none-of-the-above category). Physical, for instance, touch (e.g., feel, felt, found), look and visualization, is here with an attempt to combine verbal, vocal and visual--to synchronously see, hear, share and do much more. Interestingly, in order to visualize one does not need special skills, competencies, etc. It is all about common sense, especially with human visualizations. In short, "information is in the eye of the beholder." Continue reading much more all-ado-about this Blogosphere

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December 11, 2013

A snapshot of one minute on the internet, today and in 2012

One minute on the Internet, 2012 vs 2013, Info courtesy: ResearchBuzz News

A snapshot of one minute on the internet, today and in 2012, By Leo MiraniNovember 26, 2013

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December 07, 2013

Are We Overlooking a Powerful Engine for Social & Economic Change?

Information courtesy: stephenslighthouse.com

Are We Overlooking a Powerful Engine for Social & Economic Change?

A one-page infographic outlining how libraries can contribute to social and economic development. beyondaccess.net

November 14, 2013

National Flags Created From the Food, visualnews.com

National Flags Created From the Foods Each Country Is Commonly Associated With, Posted by  visualnews.com

  • Brazil’s flag made from banana leaf, limes, pineapple and passion fruit.
  • China’s flag made from pittaya/dragon fruit and star fruit.
  • France’s flag made from Blue cheese, brie and grapes.
  • Greece’s flag made from Kalamata olives and feta cheese. continue reading

Annual list of top words, names and phrases, 2013: Global Language Monitor

’404′ is the Top Word of 2013 followed by fail!, hashtag, @pontifex, and The Optic

Global Language Monitor’s 14th Annual Survey of Global English.

Toxic Politics is the Top Phrase, and Pope Francis the Top Name,

Number of Words in the English Language:  1,025,109.8 (projected January 1, 2014 estimate)


The Top Phrases of 2013
Rank / Phrase / Comment
  1. Toxic Politics 
  2. Federal Shutdown
  3. Global Warming/Climate Change 
  4. Federal Deficit 
  5. Tread Lightly 
  6. Boston Strong ... To continue reading this list, click here.

The Top Names of 2013 
Rank /Name / Comments
  1. Pope Francis 
  2. ObamaCare
  3. NSA 
  4. Ed Snowden .
  5. Kate Middleton 
  6. IRS ... To continue reading this list, click here

Top Words of the Decade
Click on the link above to see the Top Words of the First Decade of the 21st Century, including: Global Warming, 9/11, and Obama outdistanced Bailout, Evacuee, and Derivative; Google, Surge, Chinglish, and Tsunami followed. Climate Change was top phrase; Heroes was the top name.

The Top Words of the Individual Years of the 21st Century thus far follow:
Top Word: No. 1 ApocalypseArmageddon, No.2 Deficit, No. 3 Olympiad
Top Phrases:  No. 1 Gangnam Style, No. 2 Climate Change/Global Warming, No. 3 Fiscal Cliff
Top Names:  No. 1 Newtown and Malala Yousafzai, No. 3 Xi Jinping
Top Words: No. 1 Occupy, No.2 Fracking, No.3 Drone
Top Phrases:  No. 1 Arab Spring, No. 2 Royal Wedding, No.3 Anger and Rage
Top Names:  No. 1 Steve Jobs, No. 2 Osama bin-laden and Seal Team Six, No.3 Fukushima
Top Words: No. 1 Spillcam, No. 2 Vuvuzela, No. 3 The Narrative
Top Phrases: No. 1 Anger and Rage, No. 2 Climate Change, No. 3 The Great Recession
Top Names: No. 1 Hu Jintao, paramount leader of China, No. 2 iPad, No. 3 Barack Obama
Top Words: No. 1 Twitter, No. 2 Obama-, No. 3 H1N1
Top Phrases: No. 1 King of Pop, No. 2 Obama-mania, No. 3 Climate Change
Top Names: No. 1 Obama, No. 2 Michael Jackson, No. 3 Mobama 

November 08, 2013

Nine Reasons to Use Infographics in your Content Marketing


Source: Web Marketing Group

1. Compelling and Attractive2. Easily Scanned and Viewed3. Viral Capabilties4. Portable (Embeddable)5. Worldwide Coverage6. Brand Awareness7. Increases Traffic8. Benefits Search Engine Optimisation9. Shows an Expert understanding of a Subject
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November 06, 2013

Chart Shows How Ten Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy aka "The Illusion of Choice"

By Chris Miles  policymic.com
chart, also via Reddit)

Ten mega corporations control the output of almost everything you buy; from household products to pet food to jeans.
According to this chart via Reddit, called "The Illusion of Choice," these corporations create a chain that begins at one of 10 super companies. You've heard of the biggest names, but it's amazing to see what these giants own or influence.
(Note: The chart shows a mix of networks. Parent companies may own, own shares of, or may simply partner with their branch networks. For example, Coca-Cola does not own Monster, but distributes the energy drink. Another note: We are not sure how up-to-date the chart is. For example, it has not been updated to reflect P&G's sale of Pringles to Kellogg's in February.)  continue reading

November 05, 2013

Maps Show The Origin Of Words (in Europe particularly)


These Fascinating Maps Show The Origin Of Words We Use All The Time

November 03, 2013

Reading now: Revisualizing Visual Culture by Chris Bailey

Revisualizing Visual Culture (Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities) Chris Bailey

·       Contents Introduction: making knowledge visual, Chris Bailey;
Do a thousand words paint a picture?, Mike Pringle;
The semantic web approach to improving access to cultural heritage, Kirk Martinez and 
Leif Isaksen;
Resource discovery and curation of complex and interactive digital datasets, Stuart Jeffrey;
Digital exploration of past design concepts in architecture, Daniela Sirbu;
Words as keys to the image bank, Doireann Wallace;
For one and all: participation and exchange in the archive, Sue Breakell;
The user-archivist and collective (in)voluntary memory: read/writing the networked 
digital archive, James McDevitt;
 Internet art history 2.0, Charlotte Frost;
Museum migration in century 2.08, Jemima Rellie;

Slitting open the Kantian eye, Charlie Gere;

Revisualizing Visual Culture is the sixth volume of xvi Revisualizing Visual Culture. "Revisualizing Visual Culture is recommended for information professionals who are currently navigating the challenges of arts and humanities analysis and display."  (Online Information Review).

"...The collection has a distinctively British emphasis. Many of the contributions to the volume grew out of the Computers and History of Art (CHArt) group, which has been an active force in research on the application of digital technology to visual culture since 1985. While there are references to British projects and cultural institutions, readers will find the problems and ideas articulated relevant and accessible." (Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science )

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November 01, 2013

Growing Veganism at a price, Shilpa Raina

On the eve of 'World Vegan Day 2013: November 1 Celebration of Veganism' the author notes:

Growing Veganism at a price, Shilpa Raina, Weeklyvoice Nov 2, 2013, p. A-6.

Note: The vegan food pyramid when visualized as a graphic becomes a great guide to plan healthy eating. A visual chart shows you how to include organic &/or plant foods into your day to day life.

On the same page (see the image in the above article of The Vegan Food Pyramid, such as, given in the following link):

October 29, 2013

Google Knowledge Graph, aka Google’s ‘Misinformation Graph’ Strikes Again

Google’s ‘Misinformation Graph’ Strikes Again, By   WebProNews October 29, 2013

Users have encountered another blunder from the Google Knowledge Graph with Google showing some quite questionable content, and presenting it as "knowledge" on a very high-traffic search term. This is only the latest in a series of misfires from the Knowledge Graph, but probably the highest profile example yet, given the search term. ...  
Search for "st. louis cardinals" on Google right now, and you'll probably see a Knowledge Graph result that looks something like this: 

Cardinals knowledge graph

 It’s currently number five for baseball teams on Google Trends:
continue reading: WebProNews

October 20, 2013

Visual Literacy is an elephant, we are like the six blind... Meaning, Message and Medium Revisited

PS. Before we go to visualize the complexities, here are illustations of using the elephant in real time visual literacy training:
I. Lesson 7, Description:
Have students work in pairs. Ask them to choose an object to study the parts of, the way the blind men studied the elephant. For example, if they choose a car, they may study the tires, windows, headlights, and bumpers. Have them write:
A ____ is like a ______.
Work with a partner. Choose an object and describe a few of its parts. For
each one, write:
A ____ is like a ______. [source: Unit 6 - Pearson Longman]
II. Developing Visual Literacy in Science: "Suppose you were to ask your students (before showing them the photograph) this thought-provoking question: “What do you think a jungle looks like to a person riding on the back of an elephant?” What might they say?" [source: Developing Visual Literacy in Science K-8 - PB279X  by  Jo Anne Vasquez]
The term Visual Literacy is not so simple, given the shades of meanings it brings in the eyes of the beholder....

October 05, 2013

Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test -- It's Not Just In The Eyes of The Beholder

Ps. This is very close to the art and sciecne of face reading or Physiognomy-- see books on the subject in the Library of Congress. Some may call it 'the language and assumptions of phrenology.'

The Well Quiz October 3, 2013,
Can You Read People’s Emotions? By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Are you tuned in to the emotions of others? Or have you been accused of being insensitive?
If you are among those people who are mystified by moods, new research offers hope. A new study shows that certain types of reading can actually help us improve our sensitivity IQ. To find out how well you read the emotions of others, take the Well quiz, which is based on an assessment tool developed by University of Cambridge professor Simon Baron-Cohen.
For each photo, choose the word that best describes what you think the person depicted is thinking or feeling...   Continue with The Well Quiz
Understanding Your Score:
The average score for this test is in the range of 22 to 30 correct responses. If you scored above 30, you may be quite good at understanding someone’s mental state based on facial cues. If you scored below 22, you may find it difficult to understand a person’s mental state based on their appearance.
(If no final score appeared, please double check to be sure you didn’t skip a question. 
                                More more is in 'Can You Read People’s Emotions?' By THE NEW YORK TIMES
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September 20, 2013

Data exploration through visualisation

Alternative ways to look at  data, interesting approach:

Data exploration through visualisation Posted by Ben O'Steen

Extract: The impact that a thoughtful visualisation has cannot be underestimated. However, it's easy to forget how tremendously useful they are for understanding your own data, before you even know what you have.... 
The questions "Is there...?" and "What if...?" drive the exploration of data. Often, these questions are best answered by creating something in reply: "This is what it looks like in that context." This can be as simple as creating a chart from a spreadsheet, or pulling out all the key words and phrases and putting them all together on a single page. There are also a number of tools that will take structured data and provide different ways to examine them.
Info courtesy: © The British Library`s Digital scholarship blog 

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September 16, 2013

THE OTHER SEVEN WONDERS by Joy Garrison Wasson

 "...originally told by Joy Garrison Wasson. She taught English in Muncie, Indiana for over thirty years.  She died on October 15, 2009, after a long illness. She was only 62."  Source:  [http://philipchircop.wordpress.com], and  @ Early To Rise, read his excellent narrative, please
Image courtesy: Mrs Tattoodle

See also:
  • The ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ @ Revering the Universe. Caring for Nature. Celebrating Life. World Pantheist Movement!, www.pantheism.net  

September 15, 2013

Mapping the Important Things @ Librarian Design Share

PS: How to visualize a library floor plan, aka mapping the library design. Here is one excellent visualization of the mindmap:

Mapping the Important Things
  • The “Before” — Original St. Francis College Library Map  
  • New St. Francis College Library Map — Front 
  • New St. Francis College Library Map — Back
  • Map Key (Subject by call number and color)

On the same shelf:
  • UNH School of Law library: Floor plan
  • Queens University Floor Plan Tour
  • University of Toronto Virtual Tour
  • Library Tour @ Seneca
  • Better by Design: An Introduction to Planning and Designing a New Library Building
    Ayub Khan
  • Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future
    Rolf Erikson
  • Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations
    William W. Sannwald
  •   The Library of Congress: The Art and Architecture of the Thomas Jefferson Building
    John Y. Cole
  • Transforming Libraries, Building Communities: The Community-Centered Library
    Julie Biando Edwards
  • The Academic Library Building in the Digital Age: A Study of Construction, Planning, and Design of New Library Space
    Christopher Stewart
  • Creating the Customer-Driven Library: Building on the Bookstore Model
    Jeannette A. Woodward
  • September 08, 2013

    Google semantic search -- Visualizing Searchability and Findability: from You to U

    One needs to be clear about the terms semantic Web, and semantic search (see the distinction pulished in 2013 Search Engine Journal). In the context of semantic search, a question is worth asking: Is Google as a search engine running out of innovation, visualized through a very slow development of the search techniques (two news stories from the years 2009 and 2013 are below) and what is also seen below as the discussions on the subject? Is this then leading to other competitors, such as TechScour For Internet Publishers, to help search and find what you need when you need???? The answer is awaited.

    2013: Google overhauls dictionary as part of project to revolutionise search, Wired UK

    2009: "You may have heard that Google is joining the race for the semantic search engine. Semantic search is the capability for a computer to understand what you're searching for based on the meaning behind your words instead of just pulling out keyword-based results. Google is up against a wide range of competitors for the semantic crown including newcomers Kumo, Microsoft's upcoming redesign of Live Search, and Wolfram Alpha-a search engine making some outlandish and unverifiable claims. ... Google is still the same old Google and an excellent first stop for finding information. However, Google is flying the semantic search flag without really delivering a noticeably different experience. If semantic is the future of search, then Google has a long way to go." Google's New Semantic Search: A Test, PCWorld 

    July 16, 2013

    Facebook 'Graphic App' Privacy Warning Hoax @ Hoax-Slayer


    Outline Circulating Facebook message warns that, due to the new "Graphic App", material posted on Facebook is no longer private and can be seen by anyone. The message includes instructions for overcoming this supposed problem.

    Brief Analysis
    The claims in the message are total nonsense. There is no such thing as a "graphic app". This is apparently a misguided reference to Facebook's new Graph Search functionality. Graph Search does not change existing privacy settings.

    continue reading: Facebook 'Graphic App' Privacy Warning Hoax

    June 28, 2013

    Visual clues boost kids’ vocabulary, University of Chicago

    Giving children non-verbal clues about words boosts vocabularies, By William Harms June 24, 2013, UChicago News

    The clues that parents give toddlers about words can make a big difference in how deep their vocabularies are when they enter school, new research at the University of Chicago shows.

    By using words to reference objects in the visual environment, parents can help young children learn new words, according to the research. It also explores the difficult-to-measure quality of non-verbal clues to word meaning during interactions between parents and children learning to speak. For example, saying, “There goes the zebra” while visiting the zoo helps a child learn the word “zebra” faster than saying, “Let’s go to see the zebra.” - Read more at: UChicago News

    May 20, 2013

    Walls don’t lie -- About the mural as an art form

    Walls don’t lie @ Livemint

    K.G. Subramanyan’s new mural is remarkable in scale and vision—and for what it says about the mural as an art form. By Sanjukta Sharma
    "In K.G. Subramanyan’s spectacular new mural, War of the Relics, the invader faces the invaded and the victorious face the defeated in a deadpan dialectic. The 9ft-high, 36ft-wide work spread across the gallery’s walls, consisting of 16 panels divided into eight diptychs, is the master’s meditation on the futility of violence. Despite its panoptic arc—at one end is a scene of rhapsodic horsemen from the Crusades, and at the extreme other end are battle tanks that could well be from 2002’s Afghanistan—Subramanyan’s figures, painted in black acrylic and oil on a white background, are undramatic. They represent war in a quiet, non-fussy way..."
    "Among world cities, the mural thrives as public art in Los Angeles and Philadelphia in the US. In 1987, the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) was set up to preserve the city’s numerous mural walls—all commissioned and painted between the 1950s and 1970s. Many were lost to real estate development. The MCLA’s role now is just to preserve what exists. 
    In Philadelphia, in 1984, then mayor Jane Golden initiated what came to be known as the “anti-graffiti” initiative. She invited the city’s graffiti artists, who were working without any patronage, for commissioned works in the city’s public sphere. It led to around 2,000 murals. 
    The difference between graffiti and a mural is in its sanction and ownership. Graffiti, the more democratic art, is not commissioned and its purpose is not spelled out. Murals, in that sense, belong to the owner of the space in which it is created, and to the commissioning authority or person..." continue reading

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    April 07, 2013

    Visualization of the the workplace: The insider and the outsider

    April 02, 2013

    Merchandising the Circ Desk: the importance of visual cues

    By Brian Mathews

    wanted to share an interesting observation. I hosted an exercise reviewing a wide variety of service spaces—banks, hotels, trade shows, retail, etc— and we considered the visual cues of those different environments.

    What’s the visual cue here?
    One of the slides featured a jewelry store. What’s the visual cue here? Browsing! Maybe you know what you want and can point right to it. Or maybe you’re not sure and prefer to try several options. The point is that the items are in full view. This is a perfect solution for a growing development at our circulation desk.  We’ve recently started lending a handful of adaptors to accommodate SCALE-UP, media:scape, and other technology needs. Instead of keeping them locked away in a backroom it seems we could emulate the jewelry store experience by showcasing them. The expert user can point right to the item she needs, while the novice can try on different adaptors to find the right fit. It’s good for users, but also helpful for library staff may not understand the complexity of all the hardware and related accessories. Continue reading

    March 31, 2013

    Smelling is believing @ Google Nose -- Visual Search Revisited


    The new scentsation in search

    • Coming to your senses: go beyond type, talk, and touch for a new notation of sensation.
    • Your internet sommelier: expertly curated Knowledge Panels pair images, descriptions, and aromas.
    • Take a wiff: the Google Aromabase - 15M+ scentibytes.
    • Don't ask, don't smell: For when you're wary of your query - SafeSearch included. 

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    March 23, 2013

    Social Graph or Graph Search -- What's in a name?

    Mark Zuckerberg Introduces
    See also:

    Graph Search @ mashable.com
    Double Comic Feature: Zuck and Users Weigh In on Facebook Graph Search


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  • Facebook Graph Search: The Good, The Bad, The UGLY! by Barbara Starr, http://searchengineland.com  
  • The How: Facebook Graph Search:  Depicted in the figure below, is a user-centric version of the Facebook Open Graph schema. To dig deeper, I used a tool called Gruff, from Franz Inc, which provides beautiful visual displays of information in graph databases. I did take several “views” of the information as there were about 804 triple sets (subject, predicate, object ) which probably form the higher level data structure from which Facebook can derive its structured/graph search....
  • The What: Facebook Graph Search
  • A Word Of Caution (The Ugly)
  • Summary & Takeaways!
  • continue reading: Facebook Graph Search: The Good, The Bad, The UGLY! by Barbara Starr