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Old 04-03-2011, 07:41 AM
 
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I'd like some feedback on what I observe on numerous web sites when they post graphs and AV presentations.

Where are the legends that go with the graph or AV?

Just came across an article on Earth's gravity revealed and it shows a lumpy colored ball.

ESA Portal - Earth's gravity revealed in unprecedented detail

No where in the article does it say what the colors mean. They do have a small icon that says access GOCE data, click on that and it brings up another page and THAT page has a link to data.... except you click on that and the session hangs..

Have we been reduced to looking at colored pictures that have no meaning?
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:23 AM
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No where in the article does it say what the colors mean. They do have a small icon that says access GOCE data, click on that and it brings up another page and THAT page has a link to data.... except you click on that and the session hangs..

Have we been reduced to looking at colored pictures that have no meaning?
I always assume when I see something like that that the reporter either didn't think to ask about the unit of measure that was represented or figured the lowly mortals who were reading the article wouldn't understand it if it was included. Neither is a very appealing possibility.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:27 AM
 
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I'd agree it needs legend but most people viewing this page would know where gravity is going to be the strongest? The people creating it aren't considering the fact the general public would view it. Just an oversight.

Send them an email, You might be surprised. I sent an email off complaining about incorrect information on EIA's site once and they ended up fixing it after some correspondence.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:38 AM
 
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Already done (sent them an email about the lumpy colored ball).......

That's the way I feel Bo
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the lowly mortals who were reading the article wouldn't understand it if it was included.
Still would have been decent of them to include it... I can research what the legends mean if I don't understand them.....
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:19 PM
 
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Just proves that smart people can screw up just like the rest of us...

I followed the links and never did find a legend.
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:13 PM
 
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"In this GOCE image, gravity is strongest in yellow areas; it is weakest in blue ones. Credit: ESA"

A better article:
BBC News - Europe's Goce satellite probes Earth's gravity

A lot of stuff on the web is C-rap.
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Old 04-03-2011, 03:08 PM
 
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"In this GOCE image, gravity is strongest in yellow areas; it is weakest in blue ones. Credit: ESA"

A better article:
BBC News - Europe's Goce satellite probes Earth's gravity

A lot of stuff on the web is C-rap.
Is that quote from the linked site? I have been know to not see the obvious....

C-rap is right.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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"Is that quote from the linked site? I have been know to not see the obvious...."

Don't remember. Got hunting and found a dozen articles on the subject. ONE had the caption. The site in the link I gave was the best of the lot in explaining things.
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