Great Visualization – Scientific Evidence for Popular Health Supplements

04Mar10

Very cool — This visualisation generates itself from this Google Doc. So when new research comes out, they can quickly update the data and regenerate the image.

This concept is a great example of the potential of living textbooks.  It not only applies to figures, but also to

  • Examples (one of the core elements updated in new revisions)
  • Assignments (imagine a problem in which the variables can change each time and are driven from a Google Doc that a group of SMEs constantly update).
  • Tables
  • Glossary Terms
  • Bios of significant people

Google Docs is an interesting source because, unlike Wikipedia, edits can be by invite-only (though Wikipedia could be cool too).  There are, of course, other sources.  In a finance or statistics book, you might use published IRS data, for example.  ESPN is another great source for normalized data.

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