Embeds and Dashboards
The dust is settling a little bit after our international launch last month. As mentioned, the feedback has been heart-warming and we’re happy to see that we’ve already established a sizable, devoted audience.
We strive to keep the interface and entire approach clean and simple, so some of the more advanced features have not been promoted a lot yet. One of them is the embed functionality. Any data that is available on DataMarket.com can be embedded in news articles, blog entries and other web content on other sites.
The simplest way to embed a graph is to use the “Embed on website” button below the data area once you’ve created a graph that you want to share with the world. Simply copy the code and paste into the HTML of any website, just as you would with an image, and you’ll get these beautiful, interactive charts on your own site. See – for example – this interesting blog entry from our very own genius developer Matt Riggott.
But there is more to it…
If you’re interested in learning more about the custom embeds, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, for the techies and visualization gurus: The new embeds are the first part of our system to use our new graph component (briefly discussed in my 2011 predictions). This is a solution that we have built on top of the fantastic Protovis library, but with additions to support older versions of Internet Explorer, rendering Protovis visualizations to VML instead of the native SVG. This will eventually make its way into our full application to replace the Flash-based amCharts solution, and following be released as open source code for others to use with Protovis elsewhere.
More about that later…