Link for the week: the history of data visualisation

One for the statisticians this week, along with all those who like maps and other ways to visualise information. Milestones in the History of Thematic Cartography, Statistical Graphics, and Data Visualization doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, but it’s a fascinating site, showing the development of the tools we now take for granted when dealing with data and information — from possibly the oldest map (c. 6200 BCE), to the first known attempt to plot changing values on a graph (c. 950 CE) and the first bar graph (1350 CE), to the first published set of demographic statistics (1662 CE)… It genuinely is a fascinating story, and certainly got me thinking about why the tools we use today have been so successful, not to mention how they shape our approach to data.


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