When data visualisation goes wrong, it’s still beautiful.

Data driven documents (D3 – really, it’s beautiful, go look at it, go play with it!) helps you bring data to life. The github gallery  has many examples that one can adapt. There’s apparently many ways to do this, but my shorthand for this is ‘Sankey’.

Sankey diagrams are a specific type of flow diagram, in which the width of the arrows is shown proportionally to the flow quantity. Sankey diagrams are named after Irish Captain Matthew Henry Phineas Riall Sankey, who used this type of diagram in 1898 in a classic figure showing the energy efficiency of a steam engine.

Other ways to beautifully display data is shown through the work of David McCandless and his “Information is Beautiful” website and books.

This page is to introduce my playing with data, specifically as it pertains to Wastewater Biorefineries (WWBR). Once I’ve figured out if it’s possible to link tagged blogposts here, hopefully that will happen. I mostly used Mike Bostock‘s work to shape these, and helped tremendously by Malcolm MacLean’s “D3 Tips and Tricks“.

Other links (this is my easy reference page too):

Google Charts
Sankey Diagrams in MatPlotLib
Old post on open spending? and another one via Mediashift