TED talks and data visualization studies

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  • Date: 11 Oct 2012

TED.com is a non-profit organisation headed by Chris Anderson and owned by the Sapling Foundation. Its mission is to disseminate ideas which are good for humanity and the planet in general, and this takes the form of lectures by leading thinkers in a wide range of disciplines, especially in Science, Technology, and Design. The Social Sciences and Arts are represented, but to a lesser extent. TED is extremely well-funded, through donations, corporate sponsorship, and admission fees to their incredibly popular live events. This underwrites the free dissemination of the lectures online. TED has a vast global user base, and hosts live events on every continent. Their online community has 1m+ members, and the most popular TED talks have multi-million downloads. They now want to position themselves as an education provider.

• TED have launched a series of ‘courses’ in itunesU and elsewhere, which consist only of clusters of the same TED talks available free on the internet.

A list of current talks on statistics is available here.

Visualizing Data is available here, a detailed study which includes an introductory essay and modules on various topics from David McCandless's talk on 'Making sense out of mountains of data: The beauty of data visualization' to Hans Rosling's 'Moving data - stats that change your world view.'

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