NASA's list of links
Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care 1998 (SCI REF G1201 .E5 D3 1998), which does have a few online examples.
A perhaps-trivial example, but illustrative of the sort of ahah! that happens when one encounters a novel way of displaying information: an isochrone map showing "3 minute drive time isochrone around the corner of Wellington Avenue and Upper Cheltenham Place, Bristol."
Making visual representations of data and the results of analyses has become an essential professional skill, but is not generally taught in any systematic way --indeed, seems to be seen as a distraction from important traditional elements of scientific curricula. The complexity (and rapid obsolescence) of software packages complicates the pedagogical problem still further: the student may be taught the ins and outs of a particular product, but what's really needed is to learn the general skills that will facilitate use of any product he or she encounters in later years.
It seems to be tacitly assumed that 'everyone' knows how to use a word processor, and that online help files (and Help Desk personnel) can make up for any deficiencies. The same should be true for spreadsheet programs (number processors, in essence), and could be extended to mathematical software like Maple and Mathematica, but the fact is that computer-based quantitative skills are not widespread among students --or faculty, for that matter. In general, people know what they have to know to get by; it's a time-consuming struggle to learn new tools, and hardly worthwhile unless there's some real application for their powers.
I've been interested in pattern for a long time, and in many manifestations, including (to enumerate those which have been especially acute) photographic, cartographic, musical, linguistic, anthropological. New tools that facilitate visual representation and encourage dynamic views are a perennial fascination, and my engagement with computers has often been centered on their (evolving) power to present and manipulate data --to extract and display information.Quite a few books have influenced my thinking about pattern (D'Arcy Thompson and Edward Tufte are two prominent members of my personal pantheon), and here's another, recently discovered:
AUTHOR Stewart, Ian, 1945- TITLE Life's other secret : the new mathematics of the living world PUBLISHER New York : John Wiley, c1998. SUBJECT Biomathematics. Science Library QH323.5 .S74 1998