Data Visualization- Final Exam Review

Importance of Data Visualization: Data visualization is a powerful strategy to represent complex information in simplest way. Internet contains loads of data that leads to the problem of information overload that we encounter every day thus, in trying to ignore useless content we miss on some useful information as well. Representation of content in form of graphs, charts, and visualization has proven to help grab audience eyeballs, attention and imagination. Use of data visualizations can summarize large volumes of data in form of images, it can also be useful for web analytics strategy, it makes data easier to understand, also, helpful when data needs to be communicated to others.There are many online tools available to create data visualizations.

Wordle:

Wordle is a free tool that create word clouds for you using the text you provide, you can paster text in Wordle or enter URL of any blog or webpage which has Atom or RSS feed. You are free to use those word clouds anywhere. Although, words provide you limited information but a snapshot can be useful for content analysis of large amount of text. An example: http://classroomtech.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/bectax-wordle.jpg

visual.ly:

This tool allows you to distribute already created infographics, with limited access to create an inforgraphics based on Facebook or twitter feed, fun to make and attract Facebook or Twitter users. An example: http://thumbnails-visually.netdna-ssl.com/the-overworked-american_50290bab7351c_w1500.jpeg

Piktochart:

Piktochart is more complicated than Wordle and visual.ly, it does not allow you to pull data from social media feeds so, you must have your own data before you begin, although, you can use existing datasets or information to create info-graphics related to any field of life. An example: http://media-cache-cd0.pinimg.com/236x/7f/fa/87/7ffa874e3ec893be5f71329d499b9f6c.jpg

Many Eyes:

A pilot project created by IBM research that allows people to upload datastes and create visualizations using those datasets, each visualization has a discussion forum attached to it. Many Eyes is complicated from all of the tools above but it allows you to create and experiment different graphical representation of data, even using datasets contributed by other users. An example: https://www.urbaninsight.com/files/sites/default/files/articles/faciliating-public-participation/manyeyes-1.png

  

My Web Page. HTML Basic

Here are the badges and screen shot of my code.

Complete code is here:

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<h1>Kiren Malik</h1>
<img src= “http://pob.k12.ny.us/cms/lib/NY01001456/Centricity/Domain/438/parents.gif&#8221; /> <img src= “http://classroomclipart.com/images/gallery/Clipart/Book_Clipart/woman-reading-book-12412.jpg&#8221; />
<h2>About</h2>
<p>Hi, My name is Kiren Malik and I am a student at Ryerson University studying Bachelors of Science(Biology). I live in Mississauga with my husband and 2 yr old daughter. Life is so beautiful and I enjoy it every single day with my little princess. </p>
<h2>Hobbies</h2>
<p>I spend most of my day playing with my daughter and studying but when its summer time, I also do some art work <a href=”https://www.google.ca/search?q=art&es_sm=91&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=yxy3U4nYFtiZqAbNo4CYDQ&ved=0 CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1160&bih=621″> like painting, sketching etc. </a> I go for swimming, horse riding and I just love to play chess.</p>

<h2>Career Goals</h2>
<p>I would like to become a physiotherapist <a href=”http://www.physiotherapy.ca/Home”&gt; as I love to work with senior people </a> and in this career, most of the time I will be helping senior citizens. If this won’t work then I may become a biologist but my preferred career will be of a Physiotherapist.</p>
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My Personal Brand Statement

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I have created my “personal brand statement” for the very first time with the help of course material and online search on personal branding. I got to learn that personal brand statement is not just something that is designed for a resume to impress an employer, its a mirror where not just I can see myself but others can also see me and themselves in the same mirror and what they gain and from my reflection (my personality, my characteristics, knowledge and experiences of life). I visited many websites and blogs to read about personal brand statement, all of my research and content studied made me think “who am I”?, “what’s unique about me that makes me different than other around me”?, who is my target to socialize and work with, what can I do for others, all together “who is my audience”? Identity matters everywhere, in personal and professional life, in face to face interaction or online as we always talk to people, not to walls.

One of webs I liked the most in search: http://www.astridbaumgardner.com/articles/10-articles/16-personal-branding-for-musicians-and-artists-using-your-unique-gifts-to-connect-with-your-audience.html. This provided me with examples and blank statement to fill as my own, describing my own profession with unique qualities of myself, type of audience I want to target and desired experience I want my audience of gain from my knowledge and experience. 

Before creating my brand statement, I have also considered these 5 simple but important things from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDNz3496abs

“I am a physical therapist who is passionate, experienced, accommodative and always willing to support, guide and educate (clients) to bring life back to learn and enjoy unique experiences that a normal and healthy life has to offer”.

 

 

Global Connectivity & Access

Global access and Connectivity: Global access to digital information and technology is very important and must be provided to everyone regardless of their region, religion, race, culture, age, ethnicity or disability. Things that impact on global access to digital information and technology are the following: 1) Digital Divide 2) Cultural norms 3) Government Policies and infrastructure.

1) Digital Divide: Digital Divide refers to the gap between people who have access to digital information and technology and those who don’t, such as seniors who cannot read small prints of long contracts. Also, remote communities don’t have access to all kind of modern technology such as ATMs, big shopping malls, post offices etc. Homeless people have no access to internet, landlines or even mobiles which means even, no contact to family members. Digital access allow people to communicate with each other and not to feel left alone in society and may help them to overcome their weakness such as disability and allow them to feel like a normal person who can move and interact with other members of society but unfortunately, most parts of the World lack this facility for their people especially, in developing World and also, some in developed countries, as in situations mentioned above but policies such as Ontario government’s policy can help overcome such issues; http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/accessibility/info_comm/index.aspx 

2) Cultural norms: Preferences for social networks may vary around the globe as Facebook or Twitter may be popular in North America but not in China or Russia as they prefer to use QZone(China), VKontakte and Odnoklassniki(Russia). Social norms dominate the use of media across the world, same media is used in different way depending on culture and its people, even, our search language and results change depending on part of the world where we connected from. 

3) Government Policies and Infrastructure: Availability of different technologies or software also impacts global access such as developed world has well-established infrastructure of telephone lines which developing world lacks which is why most of the internet penetration is from developed world, and that is also leading to growth of mobile internet in developing world. Other factors to global access include government involvement or censorship to what people can access and what they cannot, for example, Chinese government’ internet censorship: http://www.cfr.org/china/media-censorship-china/p11515 or in Canada: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/blogcategory/71/161/  but government can also make laws that may give digital access to everyone based on equal rights such as Ontario government’s policy mentioned above. 

Light-beam Graph, web surfing and connection to third parties

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It was interesting, shocking and a bit scary to see this graph at first because I was not aware of such a software that can show me how many sites I have visited and how many third-party sites were connected to the information I viewed and when I saw that just visiting 11 sites can connect me with other 182 sites, I was shocked but as I saw such information for first time, its was interesting to know this type of technology available to us. The number of third-party sites scared me a bit because I just visited 11 sites in 20 minutes but I was being followed by 182 other sites which I was unaware of, and any of those sites could contain some malware to hack my online information/identity and of course I was never going to be aware of it as I had no idea of that before looking into this graph. This was just a 20 minute surfing and I visit lots of sites everyday so, how much of my online identity gets on risk everyday and that scared me. This graph shows the connection between the web sites I visited and the third-parties I was connected to and I do not see any single web which is not connected to at least one other web, all of them are so complicatedly attached that its hard to hard which one is related to which other site, even, the Facebook we use on daily basis and use it a lot, has a bunch of third-party sites that we never see while we visit Facebook every time but they can see what we like, what we are looking for or what interests us. I think most of these third-party sites will be looking to target consumers as they get to see what people want on internet  just by connecting to these big sites and than offer the ads of that person’s interest on websites, they visit next. Consumerism drives to Big Data as information is shared on many platforms within seconds, I would say its beneficial as things can be done in seconds and life has become much more comfortable with this sharing of data but risk of identity theft cannot be ignored either.