Wednesday, April 4

New York runners' favorite routes

In my day job, I'm a data geek who drools over clever new visualization techniques. I should have a bumper sticker that says "I *heart* infographics" alongside my "13.1" and "I run like a girl, try to keep up."

Fortunately I'm not alone in my neurosis passion. And occasionally my two obsessions come together nicely. Case in point:

Have you ever wondered what happens to all of the data collected by Nike+ technology? Well... the clever folks and YesYesNo and Design Forces teamed up to create an on-map visualization of all of the runs Nike+ users did in Manhattan in a year.
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The thicker the line, the more users were on that route. (Go figure, Central Park gets a lot of action.) To learn more about the project, click here, or watch the video:

What's your take on this type of personal data collection an analysis: amazing analytic tool or big brother?


  1. That is SO cool! On the Big Brother front however, I do find it kind of creepy that they are extracting data of your physical location. There's no where to hide anymore!

  2. That's awesome. Presumably the data is only uploaded to wherever after the user has agreed to send it through- anything sent to the internet generally isn't "private" any more, as a good rule of thumb...


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