Tim O’Reilly made a post two days ago about Many Eyes. His posting comments included the following:

IBM today announced Many Eyes, a site for sharing and commenting on visualizations. Martin Wattenberg, who developed the original version of the treemap we use for our book market visualizations as well as the awesome baby name voyager, and Fernanda Viegas, who worked with him on the equally awesome history flow visualizations of Wikipedia, are the geniuses behind this project.

As with swivel, users can upload any data set, but the tools for visualizing and graphing the data are much richer. The visualization options include US and World maps, line graphs, stack graphs, bar charts, block histograms, bubble diagrams, scatter plots, network diagrams, pie charts, and treemaps. The site isn’t yet live, but should be very shortly. Meanwhile, you can get a good sense of the types of graphs available by checking out the visualization gallery.

Personally, I’d love to see swivel and manyeyes working together, as swivel already has some great data sets, but has only a limited number of graphing tools. But that’s an exercise for the future. For now, data wonks can just rejoice that both sites exist, and should start exploring, and as Martin says, conversing about what they find. I love both of these sites.

I posted the following comment in response to his posting:


Many Eyes is definitely an amazing site in terms of visualization. I did want to alert you to another site, Data360, which was launched in October of 2006 and is a collaborative trend tracking website, offering both public and private platforms where users can track and collaborate on data. See http://www.data360.org. We have been compared to Swivel, although I would say where they are more playful, we are more serious. We know our site can appear complicated and we are working on simplifying it. We think Data360 offers a utilitarian functionality for anyone wanting to present a story involving numerous graphs. Data360 also has a lot of really interesting information already on the site. We have a capability to do specific calculations between datasets, as well as to calculate growth rates between data points of the same time-series dataset. Graphs can be specified and fine tuned along numerous attributes, such as font size of axes, legends and titles. We also offer rich presentation capabilities, including pdf report generation, with user uploaded pdfs, as well as 1 to 6 graphs on the same page. We are just rolling out a new functionality we call ADF, for automatic data feed, which will allow users to have data sets from certain sources to automatically be updated – forever. Our team is comprised of former Chief Financial Officers who have been thinking about data reporting for years; we wanted to build a product that would let anyone track and repeatedly report, in a compelling manner, on any subject of interest to them.

We would be grateful for your review of our site.


Tom Paper


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