Splendor is nice example of how simplicity in data visualization can provide a fresh perspective on data research.
In this project, the positions of photos of landmarks (such as monuments, famous buildings etc.) are connected to the geographical position of the landmark itself. As a result, each landmark can be characterized with respect to its “best viewed angle”, the distance at which it is typically photographed, etc.
NYTLABS produced Project Cascade a visualizing tool for understanding the impact of a New York Times article on Twitter. It provides insight on how much impact a tweet has, how much conversation can occur with 140 characters, what people are more influential, among other things.
This first-of-its-kind tool links browsing behavior on a site to sharing activity to construct a detailed picture of how information propagates through the social media space. While initially applied to New York Times stories and information, the tool and its underlying logic may be applied to any publisher or brand interested in understanding how its messages are shared.