Moving Charts

When doing anything online, we increasingly experience that video seems to be the new Web. This trend is not only expressed in the rise of YouTube popularity in the mainstream, but also by the widespread use of video–think lecture recording, Khan Academy and open course initiatives–in education and science. So, I was looking for examples of using video for data visualization. Needless to say there are many fancy (and mostly useless) animations of otherwise boring data. But, one example from NIH is inspiring: NIH “explored the increase in average age of new investigators. While that average age has remained relatively constant over the past ten years, we are seeing something different in our entire pool of principal investigators (PIs).” Watch 46 second video on YouTube and see for yourself that the “moving chart” visualization is more effective than any combination of static approaches could ever be. The whole article can be found on NIH’s Website.