Aaron Presnall

by Aaron Presnall

This year’s primary election upsets in Alaska, Florida and Utah and the volatile Congressional campaigns currently underway — all of which take place amid widespread voter discontent and the rise of the Tea Party movement — illustrate the growing need for easily-accessible and easily-updated portals for political data and analysis. Election-season data visualization is traditionally […] more »

by Aaron Presnall

You will love our powerful, intuitive Knight-funded data visualization toolkit: VIDI. Go to the website and try it out! The site includes Drupal modules and a playground where you can work with pre-loaded data or upload your own data and generate embed code to place the visualizations you create on your blogs or websites. A […] more »

by Aaron Presnall

I was honored to be invited by the EastWest Institute to attend in Dallas a Cyber Security Summit, which gathered a fascinating collection of tech elites including Michael Dell, Esther Dyson, Ross Perot Jr., and Randall L. Stephenson; current and retired military and intelligence like James L. Jones, Tom Ridge, and T. Michael “Buzz” Moseley; […] more »

by Aaron Presnall

The most elegant, user-friendly data visualization program is useless without data to visualize; and, historically, those who possess data are reluctant to share it. Massive data has been dominated by a thin layer of elites, and sophisticated data-visualization tools — such as heat maps, motion charts, time maps, and tag maps — generally have remained […] more »

by Aaron Presnall

A good friend of mine forwarded me this essay (PDF) from the Copenhagen Institute of Future Studies, which presents an important set of ideas. Although it belittles intellectual property using straw man arguments, it does a nice job of assembling the array of “knowledge as public good” arguments. An even more utopian future, which featured […] more »

by Aaron Presnall

Non-profit status is often cited as an exciting new option for struggling local news outlets. ProPublica, MinnPost, and the Voice of San Diego are inspiring examples of non-profit startups, while the Christian Science Monitor, NPR and other organizations are all long-standing examples. It’s not difficult to see that old and young non-profit platforms alike are […] more »

by Aaron Presnall

We at the Jefferson Institute began our experience as a 2009 Knight News Challenge winner with one of the more exciting and misunderstood elements of the grant cycle: monitoring and evaluation (M&E). When done properly, M&E begins with the grantee setting out clearly the objectives of the grant, the activities necessary to achieve the objectives, […] more »