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The new website Verifiable [verifiable.com] is yet another contender in the now seemingly crowded social data visualization area, which include other free services like Many Eyes, Swivel, iCharts, Trendrr, Widgenie, Track-n-Graph and Timetric. The goal of Verifiable is to "democratize data" as it allows to easily upload data, visualize it, join it with other data, and allows "the world" to interact with it.

Verifiable seems to be unique for its "clean, low-chartjunk philosophy" and its many included functionalities, including the ability to add one-click small multiples, access the data "behind" the visualization, interactively rechart it using different criteria, or to join the resulting visualizations with any other piece of data for comparison.

How much space is left in social data visualization?




I think there's still a good amount of space in the social data viz area - mostly because no one has got it quite right yet. Many Eyes is still the front runner in my book, but there's still a lot of work to be done in the collaboration area.

Sat 18 Apr 2009 at 3:32 AM

I, for one, am tired of seeing these. Maybe nobody has yet gotten it "right", but as far as I can tell, none of the newcomers are trying to do things differently.


Sat 18 Apr 2009 at 11:41 AM

Yawn. Is somebody actually funding this kind of stuff?

Sun 19 Apr 2009 at 4:46 AM

Personally, I think this is one of the better efforts in this space. They don't have jaw-dropping visualizations, but what they have is clean and well-done. Getting data into the system is straightforward, they have some useful advanced features (like joining) and they get one simple thing right that no one else does well right now (annotation and labeling).

I think this is a strong technical foundation to build on. Of all the newcomers, these are the folks I'm keeping my eye on.

Sun 19 Apr 2009 at 4:16 PM
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