Visualizing Crime in Milan

January 12, 2011

A “dark” knowledge visualization example: the map of the crimes committed in Milan in 2010, visualized by a journalist, Daniele Belleri, in his blog. This image below is a zoom on the area where I used to live in Milan (near via Padova), as found on il Corriere della Sera.

The map provides insights: “Risultati anche inattesi: piĆ¹ crimini sugli assi dello shopping che in alcune periferie dalla fama negativa” (Unexpected results: more crimes on the shopping streets than in some peripheries with bad name). Indeed more crimes around Piazzale Loreto than in the Bovisa area!

Useful information for locals and travelers.
Thanks Alice for the hint!

Oh yea, now I remember why I live in Switzerland.

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The facebook world

January 10, 2011

Beautiful and informative.

Where is China by the way?

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The effectiveness of Knowledge Visualization in India – results preview

January 5, 2011

In our previous studies we have shown that knowledge visualization is helpful in facilitating meeting and communicating strategy. Is it so only in Europe?

We are now expanding our cross-cultural experiment to India. We compare the results of people exposed to a textual or visual content.

The results of over 200 subjects in India confirm our previous results, showing that visualizing strategy has a positive effect on behavioral intention. In particular, when people are exposed to a representation of the strategy in the form of a visual metaphor, they like it better and they are more committed to implement it, compared to simple text or a diagrammatic representation. We find the same result pattern all over Asia, while Europeans prefer diagrams.

So what? If you communicate your content (as for example strategy) with knowledge visualization instead of text, your audience will probably like the content better and thus to be more committed to it. If you are communicating to Indians you should prefer visual metaphors, rather than bullet-point text or linear diagrams (like a timeline).

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