Posted by: watermolecule | July 16, 2007

Data Manipulation and Visualization Tools

We are overloaded with data. Where to store it? How to manage it? How to analyze it? While there are lots of great platforms out there to store data (MySQL, SQL Server, Excel, etc.) and Excel/ODBC makes for a pretty nice reporting/analysis package in the right hands, I came across Swivel this past week and is looks very interesting. Their byline is Upload and Explore Data. I found some data to play with at Statemaster and attempted to mashup the percent of the population with tooth decay vs. the number of dentists licensed in the state. Here is my first crack at it: % Toothless and Dentists by State. Not bad for a 30 minutes of tinkering. This could be a very interesting tool. I hope they create new ways to source data besides cut/paste and file upload.

Update: I just learned about Many Eyes, a project at IBM that allows people to analyze and share data in a visual manner. Thanks to Jon Udell’s blog for this tool. It seems to be a below average temperature summer here in Chicago as well …

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