The last lecture of Professor Poglia: the world in 6 dimensions

Last Thursday Professor Edo Poglia of the University of Lugano gave his Lezione di Commiato, which in English is usually called – with a more engaging title-  The Last Lecture. In one hour he had the challenging talk of talking us through his life in research, having now reached the retiring age of 70. TheContinue reading “The last lecture of Professor Poglia: the world in 6 dimensions”

Metaphors of culture: Kazakhstan

How can we describe the culture of a country? The traditional approach is to use dimensions, and in particular Hofstede dimensions. Yet there are several problems with this approach. For instance, how can we describe the culture of Kazakhstan,  a country with 17 million inhabitants and a territory of 2,727,300 square kilometres (larger than WesternContinue reading “Metaphors of culture: Kazakhstan”

Economic complexity visualized in a treemap

The observatory of Economic complexity is a website created by MIT Media lab to display visually the economic complexity of countries. You can compare infovis of exports of different countries to grasp the differences: my favourite is the treemap, a powerful information visualization technique invented by Ben Schneiderman and refined by his collaborators through theContinue reading “Economic complexity visualized in a treemap”

PhD position at the University of St. Gallen: Diagramming in Management

A PhD position is open at the University of St. Gallen, institute of Media and Communications Management. The call is for a graduate student, fluent in German and English, interested in exploring the potential of Visualization and Diagrams in Management. See the official call on the HSG website “Am Lehrstuhl für Kommunikationsmanagement (Prof. Dr. MartinContinue reading “PhD position at the University of St. Gallen: Diagramming in Management”

Visual techniques can help academics

Visual mapping can help in organizing ideas, communicating clearly and planning the future. Academics can find visualization very useful for their work, in particular: – for notetaking: i.e., with mindmapping or with the Cornell notes template – divide the page into 3 sections: keywords, notes and summary – for mapping your audience (see example )Continue reading “Visual techniques can help academics”

Visualizing migration and diversity data

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity is developing very interesting interactive visualizations to show migration patterns and other diversity related data. They show global migration flows with innovative interactive visual techniques, which are dynamic – showing changes over time. It is also possible to compare two countries and analyzeContinue reading “Visualizing migration and diversity data”