The annual group photo of SLA Fellows who were able to attend the Fellows business meeting on Sunday June 18, 2009 in the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC as part of the Special Libraries Association annual conference. 2009 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of SLA. I’m in the middle near the top of the photo, which was taken by Jim Tchobanoff.
Long lists of search results can be overwhelming and may not necessarily give you a ‘big picture’ of your topic of interest. Data visualization tools enable another way to look at information and are particularly valuable to those of us who can manage text, but often think in visual terms. Thanks to a Tweet by Matt Sawyer (@mattuk on Twitter), there is an interesting post on the webdesignerdepot.com site showing examples of a number of data visualization tools with links to more information.
One interesting example cited is a depiction of videos from the TED conference on a ‘videosphere‘ by Bestiario that has 3D navigation capabilities. Go ahead and link to this and the other cited tools and I think it will spark some interesting thoughts about the potential uses for information navigation that extend far beyond that provided by library systems and other tools we use in organizations today.
Videosphere of TED conference