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The Hierarchy of Visual Understanding

From The Dashboard Spy. We business intelligence dashboard practitioners and project sponsors often hear (and use) the phrase “from data to knowledge” when evangelizing the business intelligence projects we undertake.

Take a look at this diagram called the Hierachy of Visual Understanding:

The Hierarchy of Understanding

David McCandless over at InformationIsBeautiful.net presents this “thinkpiece”. See Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom. Visit the blog post. He’s looking for thoughtful commentary on that diagram. I think the discussion will benefit from contributions from Business Intelligence experts.

The top of the pyramid is interesting. The move from “Knowledge” to “Wisdom” is seldom addressed in organizations. Is it possible? Can business intelligence dashboards play a role in that transition?

Interesting.

Hubert Lee
The Dashboard Spy

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