New Blog Moderator and Direction

Hello Readers!

My name is Elizabeth Hefner, and as Stella Lau informed you, I’ll be the new blog moderator of Visual Insights. I want to thank all of you who have contributed to the blog already, and I’m looking forward to taking the blog in a new direction. As we all know, we are living in a data-driven world (see Accenture’s report on Big Data, and The Atlantic’s story on the “big data boom”). Not only are organizations bombarded with increasing volumes of data, but also data coming from new sources. As you can imagine, it is not enough to efficiently capture the data, but it must be better understood. Increasingly, many organizations are using visualization and analysis applications as part of their expanding portfolio of analysis software to discover new, valuable insights into their complex data.

Previously, Visual Insights focused more on data visualization. While data visualization plays a key part in insight discovery, I’ll be focusing this blog more on the topic of “advanced visual analysis”. If you are not familiar with the term, advanced visual analysis is what many analysts define as the new class of applications that tightly couple visualization and analysis, especially link analysis. These new applications go beyond pure visualization and traditional analytics, and reveal deeper, more complex relationships in data.

I’m excited to make this blog valuable to all data visualization and social network analysis enthusiasts, and I look forward to some insightful discussions! And remember, this community is an open forum for exchanging ideas, and comments and blog post submissions are greatly encouraged!

Elizabeth Hefner

Visual Insights Blog Moderator


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