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Dewey Circles
Syed Reza Ali
Media Arts & Technology @ UCSB
Project Description:
Artist and Masters student in the Media Arts and Technology department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Reza Ali has been showcasing different visualization experiments on his blog.

The images shown here are from his latest project created for one of his classes at UCSB. Using one year's (2008) transaction data from the Seattle Public Library, Ali mapped the number of times each Dewey item (these include books, CD, DVD, etc) was either checked in or checked out from the Library, in order to understand some interesting habits and trends. As you can see from the piece, the "Arts" category clearly dominates over the others, and the largest child of that node is "Music". Although it's still work in progress, this visualization sketch is quite promising.

Comments (3):
Not to be a jerk, but with all the time that must have gone into creating this image, I would think spell checking the word "Transactions" would have been worth the few seconds.

Posted by Chris on Feb 20, 2009 at 5:56 PM (GMT)

no sleep will do that...

Posted by Reza on Mar 5, 2009 at 10:24 AM (GMT)

no sleep will not spell check for you!! ;) Was wondering though, do you guys know of any software's capable of producing such results these days or any other contemporary graphical representation.

Posted by Jules on Mar 5, 2009 at 6:20 PM (GMT)

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