I’m on the email update list for npedata.com and they recently came out with stats for 2012 patent litigation. My first thought was “Yay! Now I have something to do on Saturday night!” because normally my dance card is all filled up with The Nanny reruns. My second thought was “.csv files? Seriously?”
It’s not that downloadable .csv files aren’t cool, they’re just so plain. Normal. Uninteractive.
Enter? Tableau. Data visualization software that makes it super easy to create dashboards that not only show you something in a pretty way (maps! bars! scatter plots!) but that let you interact with your data. You can touch it and feel and hug it and kiss it and call it George. If you want to, I mean. Not that I do that during commercial breaks of The Nanny. As far as you know.
This is the first of many visualizations to come, as there are many different kinds of NPE litigation-related data and patent data and honestly?
They could all use some tarting up.