As I’ve shared before, my team manages the web space for Microsoft Research. This includes the web platform at http://research.microsoft.com. Like any web team we take a keen interest in web analytics. Earlier this year we decided to experiment with visualizing web analytics in an HTML5 canvas app; which ended up as two separate apps we built for different display scenarios.
For large displays:
For tablet displays:
Each app visualizes the top people, downloads, publications and videos according to http://research.microsoft.com pageviews for these assets. The left side of the app focuses on the past six months time period while the right side of the app [the info card if you will] focuses on yesterday. The cool thing about the app architecture is the data is all RSS feeds generated by the web platform; which means these feeds could be consumed in other apps.
Visualizing data is a nice way to engage audiences but it also gives a view into traffic patterns on the site we might not normally see with traditional web analytics tools.