Following up on my admiration for their Communication-Minded Visualization manifesto, Martin Wattenberg , Fernanda Viégas, and the rest of their compatriots at IBM's Visual Communication Lab have launched Many Eyes. Many Eyes is the concrete manifestation of the themes in their manifesto:
Many Eyes is a bet on the power of human visual intelligence to find patterns. Our goal is to "democratize" visualization and to enable a new social kind of data analysis.
Similar to swivel, the site supports the upload of data sets, generation of visualizations from those data sets, and discussion around the visualizations. The main difference is that Many Eyes has quite a bit different set of non-traditional visualizations.
I'm betting there'll be some interesting research papers to come out of this.
[Via Tim O'Reilly]