I spent this morning with the staff at Ellesmere College, just south of Chrischurch at one of their teacher only days. I was presenting some ideas about how ICTs can be used to assist in the development of thinking in our students, and referenced the ways in which we can now use technology to help visualise data. In that context I showed them this wonderful site called the History of the Australian web, which allows you to ‘see’ the development of the web in Australia from 2001. The x and y axis can be altered by clicking on the various options along each edge, and the bar across the top references the timeline. Hovering over each ‘bubble’ shows which website it represents, along with other data about that website. Double click on any of the ‘bubble’s and you can then trace their progress over the 8 year period.
What a long way we’ve come since we converted data in tables into graphs in spreadsheets. I’m kinda looking forward to seeing more of this kind of thing, particularly where it is created from real-time data as it is generated.