Jonathan Stray. Wikileaks Iraq: how to visualise the text.

“At the rate of one document per minute, it would take 272 days non-stop to read every report — and you still might miss the big picture. This is exactly the sort of problem where visualization can help, by turning patterns in the documents into patterns in a picture.” -Jonathan Stray.

This text visualization is beautiful and terrible. For me, this visualization along with the quote really hit home for why visualization is so important.  The went through and tagged the report summaries, the node positions are based on its connections with other nodes (the keywords it shares with other summaries). The color is the incident type.