La cara oculta de los diagramas de relaciones

Visualizing graph Data
Visualizing graph Data

Corey L. Lanun

Manning Publications Co., 2017

208 pp $44

 

El experto en visualización Corey Lanum (Boston,  EEUU) nos acerca en este libro los conceptos principales de los diagramas de relaciones a través de una serie de introducciones prácticas y elementales a tecnologías como Gephy, Netlytic, Keylines y D3.

 

Apariencia de la aplicación Gephi para generar visualizaciones de relaciones.
Apariencia de la aplicación Gephi para generar visualizaciones de relaciones.

 

Gephy, Keylines y D3 aportan tres aproximaciones distintas al mundo de los ‘networks graphs’. Gephy es un software libre y gratuito que se descarga en el ordenador y permite, junto con la herramienta de análisis Netlytic, realizar este tipo de gráficos a través de un cuadro de mandos interactivo.

 

Apariencia de una visualización realizada con la librería de Keylines.
Apariencia de una visualización realizada con la librería de Keylines.

 

Keylines es una librería de javascript especializada en conectar miles de nodos a través de líneas para establecer relaciones y estudios sobre esa red. La desilusión: es una librería de pago y, por ello, no se podrán realizar los ejercicios incluidos en el libro. No preocuparse por ello.

 

Apariencia estática de una visualización realzada con la librería de javascript D3.
Apariencia estática de una visualización realzada con la librería de javascript D3.

D3 es la librería libre y gratuita de javascript más comentada en los  últimos años en los sitios de visualización y, por tanto, sólo añadiremos que el libro le dedica el último apéndice a modo de introducción breve en sus fórmulas para trabajar con nodos.

Corey Lanun (Cambridge Intelligence) nos enseña a organizar y construir una visualización de nodos a través de ejemplos sobre seguridad e inteligencia, seguridad en la red, lucha contra el fraude o infraestructuras sociales o tecnológicas.

El lector interesado puede seguir, en la segunda parte de este manual,  los elementos básicos de una base de datos, adentrase en el mundo de la interacción con la visualización y los mapas,  jugar con el factor tiempo y conocer los principales problemas de la navegación en los gráficos de nodos.

El contenido de este libro va mucho más allá que un sencillo manual técnico. Sus páginas contienen una buena guía sobre visualización y muy buenos ejemplos y consejos. Como muestra este último botón: ‘Los mejores diseños de visualizaciones llegan a través de conocer a los usuarios y las preguntas que se deben estar haciendo con los datos’. Lo dice Corey Lanun.

 

 

 

Twelve Arrows for SND-E

Twelve Arrows for SND-e

Contribución en el homenaje a los Premios Malofiej -vigésima edición- en el libro ‘Infographics. A visual definition’.

81 autores rinden homenaje con sus obras a la cita Malofiej en su vigésima edición, celebrada en Pamplona entre el 18 y el 23 de marzo de 2012.

Homenaje a la cita Malofiej
Homenaje a la cita Malofiej

Infographics. A visual definition. SNDE, Pamplona, España, 2012
Infographics. A visual definition. SNDE, Pamplona, España, 2012

“… Cuando se cumplen veinte años de los Premios Internacionales y de la Cumbre Mundial de Infografía Malofiej, que cada año organizan el Capítulo Español de la Society for News Design (SND-E) y la Facultad de Comunicación de la Universidad de Navarra (España), en medio de una fuerte recesión económica y de una más fuerte crisis de identidad que afecta especialmente a los medios de los países más avanzados, hemos creído oportuno invitar a los mejores infografistas del mundo a que definan visualmente su oficio. A que hagan una infografía de la infografía. En estas páginas encontramos el resultado. Es nuestro humilde homenaje a un género que ha sido, es y será decisivo en periodismo. Como decisivo va a seguir siendo el periodismo para entender mejor nuestras vidas”.

Javier Errea, presidente del Capítulo Español de la SND en el prólogo del libro.

Twelve Arrows for SND-e
Twelve Arrows for SND-e

BOOKS: Todos los demonios están aquí

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All Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis Bethany McLean y Joe Nocera.

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover (November 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1591843634
ISBN-13: 978-1591843634

“Hell is empty, and
all the devils are here.”
-Shakespeare, The Tempest

LOS DEMONIOS, según los autores:

• Angelo Mozilo, the CEO of Countrywide, who dreamed of spreading homeownership to the masses, only to succumb to the peer pressure-and the outsized profits-of the sleaziest subprime lending.

• Roland Arnall, a respected philanthropist and diplomat, who made his fortune building Ameriquest, a subprime lending empire that relied on blatantly deceptive lending practices.

• Hank Greenberg, who built AIG into a Rube Goldberg contraption with an undeserved triple-A rating, and who ran it so tightly that he was the only one who knew where all the bodies were buried.

• Stan O’Neal of Merrill Lynch, aloof and suspicious, who suffered from “Goldman envy” and drove a proud old firm into the ground by promoting cronies and pushing out his smartest lieutenants.

• Lloyd Blankfein, who helped turn Goldman Sachs from a culture that famously put clients first to one that made clients secondary to its own bottom line.

• Franklin Raines of Fannie Mae, who (like his predecessors) bullied regulators into submission and let his firm drift away from its original, noble mission.

• Brian Clarkson of Moody’s, who aggressively pushed to increase his rating agency’s market share and stock price, at the cost of its integrity.

• Alan Greenspan, the legendary maestro of the Federal Reserve, who ignored the evidence of a growing housing bubble and turned a blind eye to the lending practices that ultimately brought down Wall Street-and inflicted enormous pain on the country.

Just as McLean’s The Smartest Guys in the Room was hailed as the best Enron book on a crowded shelf, so will All the Devils Are Here be remembered for finally making sense of the meltdown and its consequences.
About the Author
Bethany McLean is a writer for Vanity Fair and the coauthor of The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron. Before joining Vanity Fair, she wrote for Fortune for thirteen years (most recently as an editor at large) and spent three years working in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. She lives in Chicago.

Joe Nocera is a business columnist for The New York Times and a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. He spent ten years at Fortune as a contributing writer, editor at large, executive editor, and editorial director. He has won three Gerald Loeb awards for excellence in business journalism and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2006. He lives in New York.

BOOKS: Gray Lady Down, William McGowan

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Gray Lady Down
William McGowan
2010
What The Decline and Fall of TNYT means for America.
25,95$

Hardcover: 300 pages
Publisher: Encounter Books (November 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594034869
ISBN-13: 978-1594034862

Product Description
The New York Times was once considered the gold standard in American journalism and the most trusted news organization in America. Today, it is generally understood to be a vehicle for politically correct ideologies, tattered liberal pieties, and a repeated victim of journalistic scandal and institutional embarrassment.

In Gray Lady Down, the hard-hitting follow up to Coloring the News, William McGowan asks who is responsible for squandering the finest legacy in American journalism. Combining original reporting, critical assessment and analysis, McGowan exposes the Times’ obsessions with diversity, “soft” pop cultural news, and countercultural Vietnam-era attitudinizing, and reveals how these trends have set America’s most important news icon at odds with its journalistic mission—and with the values and perspectives of much of mainstream America.

Gray Lady Down considers the consequences—for the Times, for the media, and, most important, for American society and its political processes at this fraught moment in our nation’s history. In this highly volatile media environment, the fate of the Times may portend the future of the fourth estate.

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Coloring the News: How Political Correctness Has Corrupted American Journalism
William McGowan
2003
15$

Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: Encounter Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1893554600
ISBN-13: 978-1893554603
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.9 inches

From Publishers Weekly
In a book likely to spark controversy, and with the relentlessness of a prosecutor, McGowan (Only Man Is Vile: The Tragedy of Sri Lanka), a fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute, presents case after case in which, he contends, reporters and editors got stories wrong or ignored topics worthy of coverage because of their liberal ideologies and their fear of offending African-Americans, gays or feminists. (In many cases, he says, the journalists later admitted their own timidity.) Both in hiring practices and story coverage, multicultural journalism is “oversimplifying complicated issues” and “undermining the spirit of public cooperation and trust,” McGowan writes. On race, he points to what he calls “soft” coverage of Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry and Rev. Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man March. But some of his arguments are inflammatory. Lumping “Gay and Feminist Issues” together in one chapter, he compares the coverage of the Matthew Shepard murder and that of another murder by two gay pedophiles in light of what he calls “the sanctity of the gays-as-victims script.” McGowan also cites biases in reporting on the abortion issue, attributing them to the fact that over 80% of journalists surveyed say they are pro-choice. Detractors will note that journalists rarely cover issues without biases, and that it’s unlikely that journalists of the past covered most causes including the 1960s struggle for civil rights that McGowan holds up as a model for race relations in the United States with the objectivity he trumpets. Skeptics of multiculturalism will love this book, and lefties will love to hate it. (Nov. 15)Forecast: Encounter Books knows how to reach its conservative audience. More generally, this will generate controversy among media mavens.

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William McGowan is the author of “Coloring the News: How Crusading for Diversity has Corrupted American Journalism.”

William McGowan is the author of Only Man Is Vile: The Tragedy of Sri Lanka (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). He has reported for Newsweek International and the BBC and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review and other national publications. A regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, he is currently a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He lives in New York City.

BOOKS: Geometría de la pasta, Jacob Kenedy

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THE GEOMETRY OF PASTA
Amazon.com
Jacob Kenedy (Author), Caz Hildebrand (Author)
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Boxtree (7 May 2010)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0752227378
ISBN-13: 978-0752227375
Product Dimensions: 22 x 16.2 x 3.8 cm

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Formas de la pasta.

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Animación

Diseño
Caz Hildebrand, Creative Partner at Here Design, has designed and created a new cook book, The Geometry of Pasta, with recipes by chef Jacob Kenedy, published by Boxtree/Macmillan.
www.geometryofpasta.co.uk

BOOKS: Atlas of Science, The MIT Press

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Atlas of Science, Visualizing What We Know
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: The MIT Press (October 31, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0262014459
ISBN-13: 978-0262014458

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Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 11.2 x 1 inches
October 2010
13 x 11, 288 pp., 500 color illus.
$29.95/£22.95 (CLOTH)

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ISBN-10:
0-262-01445-9
ISBN-13:
978-0-262-01445-8

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Product Description
Cartographic maps have guided our explorations for centuries, allowing us to navigate the world. Science maps have the potential to guide our search for knowledge in the same way, helping us navigate, understand, and communicate the dynamic and changing structure of science and technology. Allowing us to visualize scientific results, science maps help us make sense of the avalanche of data generated by scientific research today.

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Atlas of Science, features more than thirty full-page science maps, fifty data charts, a timeline of science-mapping milestones, and 500 color images; it serves as a sumptuous visual index to the evolution of modern science and as an introduction to “the science of science”—charting the trajectory from scientific concept to published results.

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Atlas of Science, based on the popular exhibit “Places & Spaces: Mapping Science,” describes and displays successful mapping techniques. The heart of the book is a visual feast: Claudius Ptolemy’s Cosmographia World Map from 1482; a guide to a PhD thesis that resembles a subway map; “the structure of science” as revealed in a map of citation relationships in papers published in 2002; a periodic table; a history flow visualization of the Wikipedia article on abortion; a globe showing the worldwide distribution of patents; a forecast of earthquake risk; hands-on science maps for kids; and many more.

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Each entry includes the story behind the map and biographies of its makers.

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Not even the most brilliant minds can keep up with today’s deluge of scientific results. Science maps show us the landscape of what we know.

The MIT Press
Cambridge, Massachusetts
London, England
http://mitpress.mit.edu

IMAGENES.

BOOKS: Unruly Alphabet, Aaron McKinney

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Unruly Alphabet
Aaron McKinney
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher (November 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935613057
ISBN-13: 978-1935613053
Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches

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In The Unruly Alphabet, illustrator Aaron McKinney uses the Latin alphabet to create a lively and haunting abecedary. The restless glyphs tangle and spar with one another, setting the stage for scenes where “A was arrested, while B bit bullies” and “G is gored, which makes H hurl.” McKinney renders the scenes with macabre detail and sinister wit, and the accompanying captions hum with gallows humor. The Unruly Alphabet is truly an alphabet book like no other, for the brooding child in every adult.

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What if the letter A were an aggressive drunk who got into barroom brawls with his neighbor, B? Taking the term “word play” literally, illustrator Aaron McKinney sets the alphabet against a backdrop of rebellious behavior in The Unruly Alphabet. From hurling to undressing, McKinney’s bold renderings are darkly comical. By revealing the devilish characters embodied by each letter, they visually showcase human nature.

Aggressive and detailed, McKinney’s cantankerous glyphs compete in strange and nightmarish ways—C is chased by a devouring D, M mauls a napping N, and S swallows and terrorizes T.

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“I’ve always been interested in etymology,” McKinney says. “The way words, a human constructed concept, play off one another to somehow convey thought and expression in our minds fascinates me. With that thought in mind, I decided to strip language down to its most primitive form, the alphabet. To make it interesting, I anthropomorphized each letter with some of humanity’s most common, despicable traits. With each letter playing off the next, the end result is the alphabet, a pretty inorganic and deliberate thing made more barbarically human.”

IMAGENES

MAPS: Hand Drawn Map Association

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The Hand Drawn Map Association
Colecciones de mapas realizados a mano.

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En Facebook.

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Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (September 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1568988826
ISBN-13: 978-1568988825
Autor: Kris Harzinski runs a graphic design studio called Free Design in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
12$

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The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 26,5 cm x 23,5 cm edition (September 23, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1568987625
ISBN-13: 978-1568987620
Autora: Katharine Harmon
30$

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