Pivot: Microsoft's data visualization technology demostrated at TED2010

At TED2010 conference in Long Beach, Microsoft’s Gary Flake will show off Live Labs’ latest development — a data visualization technology called “Pivot,” designed to help people make better use of digital information. “We’re at a really interesting point in the history of the Internet,” says Flake. “Pivot was not possible to build five years […]

At TED2010 conference in Long Beach, Microsoft’s Gary Flake will show off Live Labs’ latest development — a data visualization technology called “Pivot,” designed to help people make better use of digital information. “We’re at a really interesting point in the history of the Internet,” says Flake. “Pivot was not possible to build five years ago. But it is possible to build today.” Pivot is an experimental technology that allows people to visualize data and then sort, organize and categorize it dynamically. The result is that correlations, exceptions and trends become immediately apparent in ways they can’t when information is stuck in rows and columns. “With Pivot you can interact with data in a way that is powerful, informative and fun,” Flake says. Pivot combines related data — anything from pictures, videos and maps to batting averages and financials — into large collections that can then be manipulated, sorted, filtered and examined visually. In this way, the data itself can help shape and inform the way it is presented.

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