Friday, March 19, 2010

The Revised Common Lectionary on Many Eyes

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Apparantly this word cloud visualization of the RCL is based on only one Sunday's reading of Year B (we are now in Year C). I am working on a way to easily create a text file of all of the readings for one year and create another word cloud. Would it be too big? I did a word cloud for this Sunday's readings (you can see it here and play with it yourself). It is fun to compare the two:

Many Eyes is a site I have watched for years and even played with a bit. This is my first attempt making a visualization. It is a fantastic classroom resource and activity. Here is an excerpt from the Many Eyes About page:

Many Eyes is a bet on the power of human visual intelligence to find patterns. Our goal is to "democratize" visualization and to enable a new social kind of data analysis. Jump right to our visualizations now, take a tour, or read on for a leisurely explanation of the project.

All of us in CUE's Visual Communication Lab are passionate about the potential of data visualization to spark insight. It is that magical moment we live for: an unwieldy, unyielding data set is transformed into an image on the screen, and suddenly the user can perceive an unexpected pattern. As visualization designers we have witnessed and experienced many of those wondrous sparks. But in recent years, we have become acutely aware that the visualizations and the sparks they generate, take on new value in a social setting. Visualization is a catalyst for discussion and collective insight about data.

We all deal with data that we'd like to understand better. It may be as straightforward as a sales spreadsheet or fantasy football stats chart, or as vague as a cluttered email inbox. But a remarkable amount of it has social meaning beyond ourselves. When we share it and discuss it, we understand it in new ways.

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