Uncovering Hidden Data: 5 Ways to Take Data Mining to the Next Level

Uncovering Hidden Data: 5 Ways to Take Data Mining to the Next Level

Somewhere between readily available datasets and complex encrypted code lies a wealth of information that’s not immediately evident. Let’s call it “hidden data.” This information isn’t necessarily hidden on purpose or even hard to find, but it can be extremely valuable. With a little bit of searching, you can find illuminating comments, exact search results and even additional data sets. Here is a list of simple steps that can take your data sleuthing to the next level.

Inspect Element

Behind each webpage is a series of code, sometimes bearing juicy tidbits just below the surface. The “inspect element” option on a website (control-click > “inspect element” on Chrome) lets users look directly at its code. Why look at code? Programmers often leave notes to themselves —notes show up in green text—or other illuminating background data such as image titles.

For example, Pete Hoekstra’s controversial Super Bowl ad gave... keep reading

Dear NASA: No More Rainbow Color Scales, Please

Dear NASA, The visualization community has noticed your insistence on using rainbow color scales for representing continuous data. This is a plea to you (and anyone else doing the same thing) to stop. On the surface, the logic behind using a rainbow color scale makes sense: the more colors there are, the easier you... keep reading

10 Things You Can Learn From the New York Times’ Data Visualizations

The Malofiej 20 awards, known as the Pulitzers of the infographics world, recognize the finest infographics published across the globe. This year, more than 1,500 print and online submissions competed for the prestigious awards. National Geographic Magazine, which won best print map and two gold awards, and Internet Group do Brasil iG (gold) were notable achievements.