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Information is Beautiful Awards Celebrates Data Viz Experts

freeDive chart 
Data is beautiful.

Yes, you read that correctly. I’m not talking about clunky spreadsheets full of meaningless numbers. I’m talking about the infographics, maps, charts and interactive tools that translate data and complex issues into stories. Stories that help us uncover and understand patterns about our communities and how we live.

Few people are as eager to beautify data as kdmcBerkeley’s data viz guru Len DeGroot. So it’s no surprise that he’s a finalist in the inaugural Information is Beautiful Awards, a contest which celebrates the best in data visualization and infographics from around the world. This year there were over 1,000 entries from 16 countries.

Len garnered the nomination with freeDive, a tool which easily turns Google spreadsheets into searchable databases that you can embed into websites. Want to play with a sample project? Here’s a tool you can use to quickly research contributions to California Governor Jerry Brown’s 2010 campaign.

Teaching professionals how to use data tools and incorporate data visualization into their work is one of our key priorities here at kdmcBerkeley. Join us for our upcoming workshop Data Driven Maps on November 16-17, 2012. Len will teach you how to take publicly available data and turn it into an interactive map that is fun, informative and easy to use.

In the meantime, all of us at kdmcBerkeley will be rooting for Len on September 27, when judges announce the winners in London and dole out £20,000 in cash prizes! You can check out projects from all the nominees here.