Data Visualization and D3.js Newsletter Issue 7 Weekly Data Visualization and D3.js Newsletter

Hi Friends - Happy New Years!

Welcome to the seventh issue of's Weekly Newsletter .

Onwards to this week's links...


  • Mike Bostocks D3.js Tutorial - Let's Make a Map
    In this tutorial, I’ll cover how to make a modest map from scratch using D3 and TopoJSON. I’ll show you a few places where you can find free geographic data online, and how to convert it into a format that is both efficient and convenient for display.

Data Visualization Reading and Videos

  • Data visualization applications could help UK water industry evolve
    Population growth, unpredictable weather, aging infrastructure and other factors are putting pressure on U.K. water companies to adapt their approach to business...Water companies have the unique opportunity in 2013 to find new solutions to increasingly complex issues, and one suggested approach to improving efficiency is through virtual collaboration and data synthesis...
  • Possibility and Probability in Geospatial Information Visualization
    In contrast with data visualization of text analysis or network analysis, the modern representation of geographic information has centuries of practice to draw from, and even the most novel techniques for the representation of abstract geographic knowledge, such as cartograms, can often lay claim to being developed many decades ago...

D3.js Reading and Videos

  • Small Multiples with Details on Demand
    Small multiples are a great way to show changes in data. By lining up multiple visualizations, they effectively allow for direct comparisons to be made with little effort. This is in contrast to potential alternatives such as video or animation, which force the observer to remember previous shots of the visualization to perform the same comparisons.
  • Using Plunker for development and hosting your D3 creations
    Recently Mike Bostock recommended 'Plunker' ( as a tool for saving work online for collaboration and sharing. Although I had a quick look, I didn't quite 'get it' and although it looked like something that I should be interested in, I (foolishly) moved on to other things.......Quite frankly I should have persevered.


  • Developers (Rails, iOS, Data Visualization, Front End) - Quri (San Francisco, USA)
    Quri is a San Francisco-based mobile and web startup that is bringing instantaneous crowd sourced information to the $350 billion trade marketing industry. Our retail intelligence platform connects brands and retailers to an on-demand consumer fieldforce, which provides instant, in-store visibility of products and promotions.
  • Front-end / Data Visualization Engineer (San Francisco, USA)
    We are building a proprietary and comprehensive collaborative commerce network that enables businesses to connect and share mission critical information with their trading partners along the entire supply chain. We are a profitable private company was founded in 2003 and has grown to 100 employees, with a team of 13 engineers.

That's the news that's fit for sharing this week.  Hope that you had a great past week and that next week is even better!

Wishing you the best, 
Sebastian Gutierrez

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