7 July 2022

The Beauty Of Data


Barry Chignell

Barry Chignell

Barry Chignell worked in Ciphr's marketing team from 2012-2020.




We all use data every day, and data is collected about us every day. The term big data has been popular over the last couple of years, there are numerous articles and tutorials on the internet about using the huge quantity of information that is collected by businesses. Indeed Ciphr is a system that stores your HR data and allows you to use this information to strategise, automate and streamline processes, and even pass the responsibility of data entry to the individual the data relates to.

One of the challenges that is faced with big data is the ability to vizualise it in a meaningful and easy to understand format. At-a-glance recognition of what the data represents is a key benefit of displaying the data as a graphic, and many solutions have taken this rule to new heights with stunning representations of information and what it means.
The variety of these visualisations online is immense, from the current global weather conditions to population density, below are a few examples.

Earth – An animated map

This vizualisation displays the wind speed and weather from around the globe in real time.earth-nullschool Credit: earth.nullschool.net/

London Air Traffic

422 South have created a variety of stunning data vizualisations, one of which is this London air traffic graphic.

aircraft_flightpaths Credit: 422South

InMap from LinkedIn

InMap is a data vizualisation from LinkedIn Labs that displays your network as a graphic. Different colours represent the different types of contacts you have as well as their relationships with your other contacts.inmap Credit: Inmap

Spike data vizualisation on Time.com

This graphic represents population density within the United States as spikes, the higher the spike, the higher the density.

spike-data-viz Credit: Time.com

We Feel Fine mood vizualisation

“At the core of We Feel Fine is a data collection engine that automatically scours the Internet every ten minutes, harvesting human feelings from a large number of blogs. Blog data comes from a variety of online sources”

madness-full Credit: We Feel Fine

Solutions such as Ciphr Decisions can be used to display your data in a more meaningful way, allowing you to use the information in your HR System to to spot trends, cleanse data and streamline processes.
Decisions also negates the need to create several reports, which all differ slightly, as it utilises ‘drag and drop’ functionality to allow you to change any element of the data reporting to suit your needs, instantly.