Data Is Beautiful

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GPS coordinates can turn into beautiful things. We're inspired by how creative minds like Oakland, California resident and computer programmer Eric Fisher are taking data from open-source APIs and mapping it onto the world with interesting and thoughtful results. One of Fischer's maps shows world travel and communications recorded on Twitter: "Green is physical movement from place to place; purple is @replies from someone in one location to someone in another; combining to white where there is both. Reported trips to Null Island excluded; all other geotags trusted. Endpoints of trips are real data; routes in between are fabricated. Brightness is logarithmic. Data from the Twitter streaming API through September 1, 2011. Continent shapes from Natural Earth."

You can see more of Fisher's work in his Flickr photostream or on Twitter.