Over at the very excellent Flowing Data
data visualization site they're starting a series called Visualize This, wherein they make available a data set and ask users to construct visualizations of that data. Their first set is on poverty rate by age in America
– certainly topical given the state of the national economy.
This is a phenomenal idea and one I want to just jump right into – I've been wanting to hone my data viz skills (ever since I got into Edward Tufte's amazing Visual Explanations
) and this is the perfect excuse for me. You can grab the data here
and they ask you to post your visualizations in their forums. There's a two week deadline – plenty of time.
I'm going to do it and hopefully I can get some of my fellow ZURBians
to throw down a well. If you're as psyched about this as I am grab the data and get cracking! Post a link to your visualization in the comments below, we can't wait to see what can come out of this.