This Week: Setting your Data-lutions for 2015 / Project Pulse Returns


It’s a new year and you probably have your resolutions picked out, and maybe have already given up on one or two of them. Well it’s not too late to add to the list (or replace the unsuccessful). We suggest making a few data-lutions this year and have found a few good ideas to ponder.

Read one (or several) of the Center for Data Innovation’s recommended 10 Best Books on Data Innovation of 2014. It covers a broad range of more serious books such as Big Data at Work: Dispelling the Myths, Uncovering the Opportunitiesto more lighthearted ones such as Data, A Love Story: How I cracked the Online Dating Code to Meet My Match.

Stop committing the 7 Cardinal Sins of Chartmaking. We know it’s tempting, but if you put in a little bit of work and set your mind to it, you can do amazing things with those excel charts of yours.  

If thinking positively is one of your goals then instead of thinking of what not to do in visualization, here is a list of all the great resolutions for what you CAN do with visualization. I’m seeing great charts in your future.

If you’re really ready to take the next step in data, then you’re ready for The One That Will Totally Change Your Life brought to us by Partially Derivative. This podcast and blogpost provides you with all the resources you need to set and achieve your data-lutions. From books, to MOOCs, who to follow on Twitter and the blogosphere and how to become a GitHub master.

Maybe you need something a bit easier to achieve. You can start by celebrating Data Innovation Day on January 22, 2015 with the Center for Data Innovation and lots of partners to discuss all the ways data innovation is changing the economy and society.

So pick your poison, and let’s get ready for another data driven year.

Project Pulse Project in Focus

Today we are picking back up our 6-month Project Pulse pilot with the 11th Project in Focus: The Amazon Region Protected Areas Program.  This rain forest conversation program, the largest in history, was started by the Brazilian government to expand and consolidate strict protected areas in the Amazonian region.

Weekly updates are written by Taryn Davis of Development Gateway; email her your tips for next week's update to get a shout-out in the post. Project Pulse profiles are written by Katie Paulson-Smith, Special Assistant to AidData's Co-Executive Director and based at the College of William & Mary.

Tags: This Weekdata innovationdatadatalutionschartmakingvisualization