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Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 25 August 2010.
Planet PHP

David McCandless gave an excellent TED talk on visualization of data. The take-away quote from this was:

Data is the new soil

I love that line. Data gives rise to new ways of understanding something. Presenting something spatially gives you the ability to put it in context more quickly than trying to explain the context.

Take 20 minutes, this video is well worth the time investment: