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Tag: open data

Nostradamus And Big Data

With my recent passion to learn more about the French history, the country where I’ve been living for half an year now. I had to start reading about the inviolable Nostradamus who is deeply embedded in the roots of the French culture. Reading about his work and visiting his heritage home inspired me to write about him and of course, confront him to my passion for data analysis.


Nostradamus Museum, Salon de Provence, France

While visiting his ancient house (preserved as a museum now), I discovered  figures and numbers on the walls, tables and almost everywhere else, depicting the art to handle data manually and obviously without any technologies involved.

Big data analysis has become Nostradamus of 21st century, helping us to find and predict the near future with a high accuracy. We analyze and project our data like it used to be in 16th century, wherein only the ways of interpretation and projection have changed.

Let me jot down the common forecasts we analyze with Big data which might be an example to see if we are behind time or Nostradamus was way ahead centuries ago:

#Climate change


Early predictions by Nostradamus which later, were recognized as Zodiac signs

Nostradamus: A lot of Nostradamus’s predictions were exact before centuries.  He predicted a number of gradual climate changes that will occur and affect the earth. He also mentioned green house effect in his early prophecies and their adverse effects on environment.

 21st Century: Scientists do almost exact weather forecasts today. The simulations produced are available from a broader range of models. Taken together with additional information from observations, these provide a quantitative basis for estimating likelihoods for many aspects of future climate change. Model simulations cover a range of possible futures including idealized emission or concentration assumptions.
The concept of green house gases is a World known fact now, and many major consequences of global warming are well documented. This has been already documented in some of Nostradamus’s  prophecies as a reason for more droughts and floods in coming future.


#Zodiac signs

Nostradamus: Centuries ago, zodiac signs were discovered and practiced by Nostradamus, by looking at the position of different stars in the solar system.

21 Century:  Scientists and researchers have scientific explanations now behind the concept of  zodiac signs, that are based on Motion Of Celestial Bodies. These concepts are well elucidated  by physicists.



#Nostradamus: During the deadly outbreaks of plague disease, when million of people lost their lives looking for a cure,  Nostradamus was the most famous doctor during black death years. He recommended his patients to drink only boiled water, to sleep in clean beds and to leave infected towns as soon as it was possible. It was him, who saved lives of countless people by explaining them basic hygiene tips and  prophylactic  measures.

21 Century: Scientists identified different strains of diseases, can anticipate their virulence, developed treatments and eradicated totally or partially specific diseases from the planet (Rinderpest). Many antibiotics have been introduced since centuries now along with the thorough understanding and knowledge of the disease.

Careful study of data drawn about disease’s geographical distribution pattern have helped scientists to trace contacts & take necessary control measures for households located in high risk areas, strengthening of disease surveillance and case management, and sensitization of the affected population.

# He also gave clues about the consequences of attacks on environment (which were interpreted as nuclear attacks by many authors)  as “the sky will boil at 45°”. While looking at the facts, I found an interesting research work stating the global temperatures plunges upto 20°C to 40°C for several months after a nuclear attack, which matches nearly as documented by him.

Nostradamus’s extraordinary and crucial contributions to the world are beyond words can explain. But a question still arises, will Big data replace Nostradamus for the upcoming centuries?

In all cases, hundreds of Nostradamus’s prophecies about sudden tragedies and natural calamities are beyond the level of calculations, no matter how much technological advancements can predict!

New Dashboard: Insights of Tourism in world’s economy

The  World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the global business leaders’ forum for travel and tourism. It is composed of Chairmen and Chief Executives of 100 of the world’s foremost organisations, representing all regions and sectors of the industry.

The WTTC website provides a very nicely designed Data search tools that helps you to select and download tons of information. We did create some visualization of these data with Jolicharts: See the WTTC open data Jolicharts dashboard here!

2013-08-06 11_34_25-Jolicharts - World Travel & Tourism Council Data Overview

Open Data & Dataviz example: Top American Research Universities Dashboard

Open Data is everywhere. But, how can you make gold out of it? How can you make meaning of rough data?

In this blog-post, we would like to show you how to create in a few minutes in Jolicharts charts and data visualizations that you can share in one click.


STEP 1 – Finding Data

We chose to elaborate on the topic of education and research. We were all interested in this topic, and it’s also quite easy to find open data in these fields.

Few Google searches for “Top American Research Universities Data” lead us to get some reliable data from The Center for Measuring Universities Performance of the Arizona State University.

Center for Measuring University Performance Website Screenshot

We found the fields of the spreadsheets of the results of their last study were already concatenated: Total Research, Federal Research, Endowment Assets, Annual Giving, National Academy Members, Faculty Awards, Doctorates Granted, Postdoctoral Appointees, and SAT/ACT range.

Data on your spreadsheet

For your interest, you should be able to find some link about very reliable governmental open data initiatives on the Wikipedia page about Open Data.


STEP 2 – Cleaning Data

The messy, real-world data spreadsheet file had to be modified into the data tables Jolicharts expects. Only few changes were made.

Even if this step is very important when you use data that aren’t designed to be processed, it is not always compulsory. More and more data is already well shaped for analytic tools (like, for example, most of the data you directly export from software or web apps).


STEP 3 – Uploading Data on Jolicharts

Because all the data was on the same Excel sheet, everything was quickly loaded in only one “Adding a data source” click.


STEP 4 – Design Charts

As usual, charts were made with drag and drops. We decided to always filter the only ten first results on each chart. It makes the Dashboard more synthetic and understandable at first glance.

Sharing is caring! You can also choose to share this dashboards with your colleagues, enable them to have real-time insights on your creation in order to get some feedback of your work.


STEP 5 – Design the dashboard

Some colors, icons and source explanation were added, to give it a more pleasant overview and also some visual aid.

Jolicharts Dashboards RESEARCH US UNIVERSITIES Link
Tip: Once you defined the look of one chart-bloc (font size, colors) feel free to copy-paste this nice chart block through your dashboard and then change the visualization.


STEP 6 – Share the dashboard

One click was enough to share our dashboards online. Here is our result, go and see by yourself!

Jolicharts - RESEARCH US UNIVERSITIES Screenshots

It took less than 2 hours to build this dashboard. Of course, it is not the first time I was making visualizations with Jolicharts, but if you know already precisely what kind of visualization you want to have as a result, Jolicharts is the tool that helps you turn ideas into reality.