If you want to find out what company owns a brand - transnationale.org is a prime place to check. It is an extensive database that not only tracks the brand ownership of multinationals but also connects them to environmental and labor violations.
This Guardian interactive map of the occupation of the West Bank is a beautiful exposition of the extent of the occupation. It leads the viewer through a series of clicks which turn on map elements revealing the dominance of the Israeli occupation one aspect at a time.
Prefuse is brilliant!!! Here is their blurb: Prefuse is a set of software tools for creating rich interactive data visualizations. The original prefuse toolkit provides a visualization framework for the Java programming language. The prefuse flare toolkit provides visualization and animation tools for ActionScript and the Adobe Flash Player.
Long live prefuse!
Jeroen Wijering made What's Up, a map of the world that gets overlaid with live news feeds. It doesn't take long before you have to click on something...
So it turns out money is like a disease!
"Using a popular internet game that traces the travels of dollar bills, scientists have unveiled statistical laws of human travel in the United States, and developed a mathematical description that can be used to model the spread of infectious disease in this country. This model is considered a breakthrough in the field." Read the full article here. From SOCNET.
Come see me - and more to the point all these great people talk about visualizing data.