The Arts subject I am studying as part of my course is French. I love to learn more and more about the french culture everyday, and La Franchophonie is a big part of France’s culture.
French is the 9th most widely spoken language in the world, and together with english, is the only language spoken on all five continents. It is the 3rd most widely used language on the web.
I used text from the Orginisation Internationale de la Franchophonie ‘s website. The text I used in my data visualisation graph are the names of countries that are member states and governments of the Franchophone. There are 57 member states and governments, and 23 observers.
The data visualisation tool that I used to display this information was IBM’s Many Eyes. I found this tool to be very professional out of all the tools I had researched. Eg: Voyant, Wordsift and Wordle.
I used the world map display option in my visualisation. I copied all of the countries names, and I pasted it into the text box. After I chose the visualisation option I wanted, it processed the words that had been entered and it appeared perfectly as I had wanted it to. Various circles were added all over the map to display the countries that were named, and in different colour too. What I liked about this tool, is that on the right hand side of the page it also displayed every word entered and the colour next to them, so you have an option to check what country it is.
It’s very visual and that’s why I wanted to experiment with the countries of La Francophonie because it’s something, as a french student, that I should be aware of. Already, I have learned much more about this text than I would have if I had just read it, because reading a list of something is not how I would effectively learn the list. If I had a world map in front of me, I would confidently be able to point at a few countries that are part of the Francophone thanks to this visualisation.