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Continuing with the 'Beautiful' series, O'Reilly has released their newest one, Beautiful Visualization:

This book examines the methods of two dozen visualization experts who approach their projects from a variety of perspectives -- as artists, designers, commentators, scientists, analysts, statisticians, and more. Together they demonstrate how visualization can help us make sense of the world.

Like others in the series (e.g. Beautiful Data, Beautiful Code), Beautiful Visualization is a compilation of essays from twelve people and groups who work in the field, and it's a very mixed bag. Regular FD readers will recognize many of the names: Fernanda Viegas, Martin Wattenberg, Aaron Koblin, Robert Kosara, Nick Bilton, and Jer Thorp, among others.

How to win a copy

You know the drill. Leave a comment below to enter your name into the raffle. Answer the following question: if you were an animal what would it be and why? I'd be a tortoise. Slow and steady wins the race.

Comment by Wednesday, June 23, 11:00pm EST, and then come back here to find out who won. I'll be selecting five winners at random.

If you're in the contiguous United States, you'll get the choice of the physical book or electronic version, which includes PDF, epub, APK, and mobi. Others will get the electronic version.

Good luck!

P.S. If you're impatient, here's the Amazon link. All proceeds of the book go to charity.

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Photographer Teru Kuwayama of Lightstalkers and a Knight Fellow at Stanford University just won a $202,000 grant to support his project proposal summarized here:

“Broadening the perspectives that surround U.S . military operations in Afghanistan, this project will chronicle a battalion by combining reporting from embedded journalists with user-generated content from the Marines themselves . The troops and their families will be key audiences for the online journal steering, challenging and augmenting the coverage with their feedback . The approach will directly serve the stakeholders and inform the wider public by bringing in on-the-ground views on military issues and the execution of U .S . foreign policy. The troops were recently authorized to use social media while deployed, and this project will also study the impact of that decision on the military.”

Congrats to Teru and all of the winners for their great ideas. It’s exciting to see good journalistic and reporting ideas get some real money behind them. More details on the winners here. http://www.newschallenge.org/knc-2010-winners

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