It has been interesting to see the amount of attention that data visualisation (rightly) continues to receive. At work I am facing resistance as I try to deliver ways to visualise a wide range of information. David Smith recently posted a poignant reminder that this is really a discussion that should have moved on long ago. David's blog 'Because it's Friday: Keep Calm, and Carry on Charting' takes us into Churchill's WW2 bunker and how dashboards and visualisation was used then.
Check the blog out, it's worth it. And while you're there take a look at the 'German tank problem'.
Thanks to Justin Castagna for putting me on to this interesting blogger on R and to the guys at Revolution Analytics.
Here's my contribution to the historical perspective. The world's first satnav - sans 'sat' of course:
The Roll-map Routefinder was invented in the 1920s and was designed to be worn on the wrist and used with an odometer. Maps were printed on small rolls of paper indicating turns and waypoints.