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Data on Fire!

Heat maps—data represented graphically with individual values represented by colors—are an increasingly popular way to quickly convey a lot of information. To demonstrate this, we at IEI recently used a set of data on private investments made in the U.S. thus far in 2013 (data courtesy of our friends at Lead411) to come up with this fascinating representation of “where the action is” in American start-ups. As you can see, a great deal of information leaps off the page, evoking questions and encouraging further exploration of the source data.

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Some points that really stand out:

Is Houston really that big of a hotbed of private funding? Apparently fracking and pipelines don’t fund themselves.

New York City is the true center of American innovation! Not just a source of money anymore, NYC startups surpassed the Bay Area’s in 2013. (Relationship Science, which raised a total of just under $90 million in funding, almost did that single-handedly.)

What’s up with Indiana? It’s burning with new investment in a diverse array of industries. Indiana has received $260 billion in capital during the past decade, spread over life sciences, business services, energy, technology, industry, automotive, agriculture, and other fields.

What is important to remember here is how the data underlying the map was processed to make this visualization possible. The under-the-hood heavy lifting involved:

  • harvesting thousands of press releases
  • parsing the data into relevant fields
  • normalizing the data (geographic place data, numerical values)

Everyone loves a heat map, but creating one is a lot less about the flavor of data visualization software used than it is about the hard work and advanced tools used that allow it to be “visualized” in the first place.

Can you imagine the potential your data has to be visualized and quickly analyzed? Contact Information Evolution today and have us evaluate what is involved completely free of charge.

posted by Shyamali Ghosh on December 10, 2013

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