This week see how virtual reality might enable users to take a 3-D journey into the heart of big data sets, and we find out how data visualizations can be made more human.

PART 1: Virtual reality data stories

Virtual reality technology might make it possible to let viewers move through large data sets in a 3-D landscape. We get a peek at experimental work being done by Brian Chirls, Knight Technology Fellow at POV.

Reporting by Tatiana Darie.

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A demonstration and other files related to the project are available online. As explained in an information page, multiple different types of data can be displayed in the virtual world.

PART 2: Humanizing information displays

Complex data visualizations can lose sight of the individual people behind the numbers. But Washington Post Interactive Graphics Editor Katie Park shows us some new ways she has infused bits of humanity into graphics at The Washington Post.

Reporting by Tatiana Darie.

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Examples:

  • Children at Risk: For a graphic about day-care providers, color-coded imagery of toddler clothing represents kids who died in Virginia day centers.
  • A Year of Loss: Names and pictures of individuals played a central role in the display of statistics related to child killings by deliberate gunfire in the year of the Newtown shooting

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