Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Microsoft Pivot :: Visualizing Databases

Image:: Microsoft Pivot Screenshot, Games by Release Date. Keywords on left.

Doing research for the tech lab, I came across Microsoft Pivot. It's a data visualization tool that helps to display thumbnails representing object items in a database. I'm interested in how it can help users manage their digital libraries or collections. This demo. uses the examples of digs, concept cars, and video games::

My purposes require a mobile {320x480} and web {1024x768} interface that helps users quickly find, edit, and sample their collections based on metadata, including user defined tags/labels. I'm also thinking about autotagging that takes contextual factors and gives users the option to tag items, as well as ways to use algorithms and outside data to cluster tags into a manageable number of categories.

Pivot is a step in the right direction to allow users to quickly sift through large collections where objects can be identified visually/iconically. It's too bad it's a Windows7-only tool. I'm out of the loop with Snow Leopard and xp pro.

Twitterversion:: #Microsoft Pivot demo. gives me ideas on how data visualization can help users manage digital libraries. #rhizomicon http://url.ie/5b7c @Prof_K

Song:: Saint Etienne-"Lost in the Library" plus "Martin Court"

1 comment:

Epicsystems said...

Dear Sir,

I have the pleasure to brief on our Data Visualization software
"Trend Compass".

TC is a new concept in viewing statistics and trends in an animated
way by displaying 5 axis (X, Y, Time, Bubble size & Bubble color)
instead of just the traditional X and Y axis. It could be used in
analysis, research, presentation etc. In the banking sector, we have
Deutsche Bank New York as our client.

This a link on weather data :


This is a bank link to compare Deposits, Withdrawals and numbers of
Customers for different branches over time ( all in 1 Chart) :


Misc Examples :


This is a project we did with Princeton University on US unemployment :

A 3 minutes video presentation of above by Professor Alan Krueger
Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton
University and currently Chief Economist at the US Treasury using
Trend Compass :

Latest financial links on the Central Bank of Egypt:


I hope you could evaluate it and give me your comments. So many ideas
are there.

You can download a trial version. It has a feature to export
EXE,PPS,HTML and AVI files. The most impressive is the AVI since you
can record Audio/Video for the charts you create.


All the best.

Epic Systems