Information is Beautiful


Author: David McCandless
Publisher: Collins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007492893
Category: Reference
Page: 255
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A visual guide to the way the world really works Every day, every hour, every minute we are bombarded by information - from television, from newspapers, from the internet, we're steeped in it, maybe even lost in it. We need a new way to relate to it, to discover the beauty and the fun of information for information's sake. No dry facts, theories or statistics. Instead, Information is Beautiful contains visually stunning displays of information that blend the facts with their connections, their context and their relationships - making information meaningful, entertaining and beautiful. This is information like you have never seen it before - keeping text to a minimum and using unique visuals that offer a blueprint of modern life - a map of beautiful colour illustrations that are tactile to hold and easy to flick through but intriguing and engaging enough to study for hours.

Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies

How to Find Trustworthy Information in the Digital Age
Author: Donald A. Barclay
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1538108909
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 244
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Are you overwhelmed at the amount, contradictions, and craziness of all the information coming at you in this age of social media and twenty-four-hour news cycles? Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies will show you how to identify deceptive information as well as how to seek out the most trustworthy information in order to inform decision making in your personal, academic, professional, and civic lives. • Learn how to identify the alarm bells that signal untrustworthy information. • Understand how to tell when statistics can be trusted and when they are being used to deceive. • Inoculate yourself against the logical fallacies that can mislead even the brightest among us. Donald A. Barclay, a career librarian who has spent decades teaching university students to become information literate scholars and citizens, takes an objective, non-partisan approach to the complex and nuanced topic of sorting deceptive information from trustworthy information.

Learning in Information-Rich Environments

I-LEARN and the Construction of Knowledge in the 21st Century
Author: Delia Neuman
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781441905796
Category: Education
Page: 141
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The amount and range of information available to today’s students—and indeed to all learners—is unprecedented. Phrases like “the information revolution”, “the information (or knowledge) society”, and “the knowledge economy” underscore the truism that our society has been transformed by virtually instantaneous access to virtually unlimited information. Thomas Friedman tells us that “The World Is Flat” and that we must devise new political and economic understandings based on the ceaseless communication of information from all corners of the world. The Bush administration tells us that information relating to the “war on terrorism” is so critical that we must allow new kinds of surveillance to keep society safe. Teenage subscribers to social-computing networks not only access information but enter text and video images and publish them widely—becoming the first adolescents in history to be creators as well as consumers of vast quantities of information. If the characteristics of “the information age” demand new conceptions of commerce, national security, and publishing—among other things—it is logical to assume that they carry implications for education as well. In fact, a good deal has been written over the last several decades about how education as a whole must transform its structure and curriculum to accommodate the possibilities offered by new technologies. Far less has been written, however, about how the specific affordances of these technologies—and the kinds of information they allow students to access and create—relate to the central purpose of education: learning. What does “learning” mean in an information-rich environment? What are its characteristics? What kinds of tasks should it involve? What concepts, strategies, attitudes, and skills do educators and students need to master if they are to learn effectively and efficiently in such an environment? How can researchers, theorists, and practitioners foster the well-founded and widespread development of such key elements of the learning process? This book explores these questions and suggests some tentative answers. Drawing from research and theory in three distinct but related fields—learning theory, instructional systems design, and information studies—it presents a way to think about learning that responds directly to the actualities of a world brimming with information. The book is grounded in the work of such key figures in learning theory as Bransford and Anderson & Krathwohl. It draws on such theorists of instructional design as Gagne, Mayer, and Merrill. From information studies, it uses ideas from Buckland, Marchionini, and Wilson (who is known for his pioneering work in “information behavior”—that is, the full range of information seeking and use). The book breaks new ground in bringing together ideas that have run in parallel for years but whose relationship has not been fully explored.

Diversity and Design

Understanding Hidden Consequences
Author: Beth Tauke,Korydon Smith,Charles Davis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317688511
Category: Architecture
Page: 306
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Diversity and Design explores how design - whether of products, buildings, landscapes, cities, media, or systems - affects diverse members of society. Fifteen case studies in television, marketing, product design, architecture, film, video games, and more, illustrate the profound, though often hidden, consequences design decisions and processes have on the total human experience. The book not only investigates how gender, race, class, age, disability, and other factors influence the ways designers think, but also emphasizes the importance of understanding increasingly diverse cultures and, thus, averting design that leads to discrimination, isolation, and segregation. With over 140 full-color illustrations, chapter summaries, discussion questions and exercises, Diversity and Design is a valuable tool to help you understand the importance of designing for all.

Image Studies

Theory and Practice
Author: Sunil Manghani
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136483195
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 274
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Image Studies offers an engaging introduction to visual and image studies. In order to better understand images and visual culture the book seeks to bridge between theory and practice; asking the reader to think critically about images and image practices, but also simultaneously to make images and engage with image-makers and image-making processes. Looking across a range of domains and disciplines, we find the image is never a single, static thing. Rather, the image can be a concept, an object, a picture, or medium – and all these things combined. At the heart of this book is the idea of an ‘ecology of images’, through which we can examine the full ‘life’ of an image – to understand how an image resonates within a complex set of contexts, processes and uses. Part 1 covers theoretical perspectives on the image, supplemented with practical entries on making, researching and writing with images. Part 2 explores specific image practices and cultures, with chapters on drawing and painting; photography; visual culture; scientific imaging; and informational images. A wide range of illustrations complement the text throughout and each chapter includes creative tasks, keywords (linked to an online resource), summaries and suggested further reading. In addition, each of the main chapters include selected readings by notable authors across a range of subject areas, including: Art History, Business, Cognitive Science, Communication Studies, Infographics, Neuroscience, Photography, Physics, Science Studies, Social Semiotics, Statistics, and Visual Culture.

Information and Computation

Essays on Scientific and Philosophical Understanding of Foundations of Information and Computation
Author: Gordana Dodig Crnkovic,Mark Burgin
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814295477
Category: Computers
Page: 496
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This volume provides a cutting-edge view of the world's leading authorities in fields where information and computation play a central role.

Getting Started in 3D with Maya

Create a Project from Start to Finish—Model, Texture, Rig, Animate, and Render in Maya
Author: Adam Watkins
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1136147098
Category: Art
Page: 448
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Deliver professional-level 3D content in no time with this comprehensive guide to 3D animation with Maya. With over 12 years of training experience, plus several award winning students under his belt, author Adam Watkins is the ideal mentor to get you up to speed with 3D in Maya. Using a structured and pragmatic approach Getting Started in 3D with Maya begins with basic theory of fundamental techniques, then builds on this knowledge using practical examples and projects to put your new skills to the test. Prepared so that you can learn in an organic fashion, each chapter builds on the knowledge gained in the previous chapter, showing you all the essentials of 3D in Maya, from modeling and UV layout, to texture creation, rigging animating and rendering. As you go from project to project you'll develop a strong arsenal of skills that combined will form a complete end to end process to creating complete projects in Maya. The accompanying website provides all the tools you need to develop your skills. Project files to accompany the practical examples used throughout the text, so you can work along with the examples. Additional textures and models will give you all the resources you need to start making your own projects in no time at all.

The Fourth Revolution

How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality
Author: Luciano Floridi
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191667706
Category: Science
Page: 256
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Who are we, and how do we relate to each other? Luciano Floridi, one of the leading figures in contemporary philosophy, argues that the explosive developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is changing the answer to these fundamental human questions. As the boundaries between life online and offline break down, and we become seamlessly connected to each other and surrounded by smart, responsive objects, we are all becoming integrated into an "infosphere". Personas we adopt in social media, for example, feed into our 'real' lives so that we begin to live, as Floridi puts in, "onlife". Following those led by Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud, this metaphysical shift represents nothing less than a fourth revolution. "Onlife" defines more and more of our daily activity - the way we shop, work, learn, care for our health, entertain ourselves, conduct our relationships; the way we interact with the worlds of law, finance, and politics; even the way we conduct war. In every department of life, ICTs have become environmental forces which are creating and transforming our realities. How can we ensure that we shall reap their benefits? What are the implicit risks? Are our technologies going to enable and empower us, or constrain us? Floridi argues that we must expand our ecological and ethical approach to cover both natural and man-made realities, putting the 'e' in an environmentalism that can deal successfully with the new challenges posed by our digital technologies and information society.

Data Fluency

Empowering Your Organization with Effective Data Communication
Author: Zach Gemignani,Chris Gemignani,Richard Galentino,Patrick Schuermann
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118851005
Category: Computers
Page: 288
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A dream come true for those looking to improve their datafluency Analytical data is a powerful tool for growing companies, butwhat good is it if it hides in the shadows? Bring your data to theforefront with effective visualization and communicationapproaches, and let Data Fluency: Empowering YourOrganization with Effective Communication show you thebest tools and strategies for getting the job done right. Learn thebest practices of data presentation and the ways that reporting anddashboards can help organizations effectively gauge performance,identify areas for improvement, and communicate results. Topics covered in the book include data reporting andcommunication, audience and user needs, data presentation tools,layout and styling, and common design failures. Those responsiblefor analytics, reporting, or BI implementation will find arefreshing take on data and visualization in this resource, as willreport, data visualization, and dashboard designers. Conquer the challenge of making valuable data approachable andeasy to understand Develop unique skills required to shape data to the needs ofdifferent audiences Full color book links to bonus content atjuiceanalytics.com Written by well-known and highly esteemed authors in the datapresentation community Data Fluency: Empowering Your Organization with EffectiveCommunication focuses on user experience, making reportsapproachable, and presenting data in a compelling, inspiring way.The book helps to dissolve the disconnect between your data andthose who might use it and can help make an impact on the peoplewho are most affected by data. Use Data Fluency today todevelop the skills necessary to turn data into effective displaysfor decision-making.

Knowledge is Beautiful


Author: David McCandless
Publisher: Collins
ISBN: 9780007427925
Category: Curiosities and wonders
Page: 255
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A fascinating and thoroughly modern glimpse of world knowledge. It offers a deeper, more ranging look at the world and its history, and an entirely democratic, global look at key issues bedded into the foundations of world knowledge - from questions and facts on history and politics to science, literature and more.