Datapress is a WordPress plugin that makes it easy to enhance your WordPress blog posts with rich interactive visualizations such as maps, timelines, various charts, and sortable lists, all with interactive filtering and faceted browsing. Datapress uses the Exhibit framework to offer a collection of rich structured data visualization elements that can be dropped into a blog post the same way as an image or a table; once they’re inserted they connect to and display the data (spreadsheet or other tabular data) that you upload or link to in the blog post.
Our plugin has finally been posted at the WordPress plugin site, so you can go there to download it. If you use it, feel free to post your reviews, ideas, kvetches there (or here). If you haven’t been using it, give it a try—a few sites have already done so. Beside our own demo site, some examples that might inspire you include:
- the Quant Network Program Selector for comparing various business school quantitative degree programs, which has delivered about 60,000 page views so far
- Factory Portland pages for musicians and music businesses in Maine
- Dr Frances Tracey’s publications
My students Ted Benson and Adam Marcus have done a great job integrating our new visualization elements into the standard wordpress post editor, so if you’re comfortable writing blog posts, you’ll have no trouble incorporating the new elements.
Datapress reflects my belief, articulated in previous blog posts, that the biggest obstacle to effective use of structured data on the web is the lack of good authoring tools. I’m hoping you’ll try the tool and prove me right, or fill the comments with some nice arguments about why I’m wrong.