At the end of each month I pull together a collection of links to some of the most relevant, interesting or thought-provoking web content I’ve come across during the previous month. If you follow me on Twitter and Google+ you will see many of these items shared as soon as I find them.

Here’s part two of the latest collection from January 2012 (see part one):

Periscopic | Flavour of the moment, Periscopic, featured in the Feb issue of Print Magazine | Article

Premise | Tom Steinberg proposes that "there are only two kinds of data visualization in the modern world. They are Story Visualizations and Answer Visualizations" | Article

Presentation Zen | 10 great books to help you think, create, & communicate better in 2012 | Books

Fast Co Design | Article which discusses the findings of a research paper from Dartmouth College which suggests "Infographics Can Save Morons From Themselves" | Article

Guardian Books Blog | "Shelf live: stop-motion splendour" - brilliant animation of bookshelves reorganising themselves | Video

Stamen | Review of what the celebrated design studio achieved during 2011 | Article

Switch 2 OSM | Site dedicated to promoting the benefits switching the online maps you might use to Open Street Map | Site

Tableau | Really innovative site for the relentless hiring of folks at Tableau | Job Postings

New York Times Election 2012 | NYT project which compares the candidates for the 2012 presidential election in terms of the raising of finances for their campaigns | Interactive Visualisation

Slate | "The Greatest Paper Map of the United States You’ll Ever See" | Maps

Brainpickings | "The greatest grid" - Article discussing how Manhattan's famous street map came to be | Article

Matt Might | An oldie, but not seen it for a while and really like it every time I do see it - The illustrated guide to a Ph.D. | Visual Thinking | Article which discusses the visualisation of networked data - "The Links That Bind Us: Network Visualizations" | Design

Wired | The mathematics of lego | Article

Jason Davies | Can you hear the shape of a graph? "The Music of Graphs" | Interactive Toy?

Guardian | "Comment is Free" piece about the trouble with numbers in Guardian reporting | Article

Eager Eyes | Nice summary by Robert of the state of information visualization in 2012 | Article

The Why Axis | Bryan assesses the use of data visualisation/infographics to accompany the State of the Union address | Critique

The Why Axis | In this next piece, Bryan looks specifically at the visualisation approaches used in coverages of the New Hampshire Primaries | Critique

Austin Kleon | Thinking critically about “infographics,” “data visualizations,” and other visual junk | Critique

Under the Raedar | Plotting the daytime population in the United States, building on work done to achieve the same for London | Static Visualisation

Perceptual Edge | Stephen Few talks about 'Data Visualization and the Placebo Effect' | Article

Visualisation, etc. | How many VisWeek papers could the NYT write in three weeks? | Article

Infosthetics | Visualizing the Demographic Reach of Yahoo! Homepage Storie | Interactive Visualisation

TULP Inspiration | Profiling Eric Fischer's project which presents world travel versus global communication as recorded by Twitter | Static Visualisation

Well-Formed Data | Moritz describes his latest work involving a large number of graphics produced for the annual Global Risk Report published by the World Economic Forum | Static Visualisations

Eager Eyes | Another interesting narrative from Robert about the direction info graphics are taking | Article

Data Pointed | "Where The 0.05% Live" - Stephen maps the "Mostly Uninhabited United States" | Static Visualisation

XRDS | Jérôme Cukier asks 'Can data visualization help build democracy?' | Article

Presenting the top five most popular posts on Visualising Data during the past month:

Announcing 2012 data visualisation training course dates - January 13th, 2012

Best of the visualisation web… December 2011 (part 1) - January 10th, 2012

Best of the visualisation web… December 2011 (part 2) - January 11th, 2012

Sightsmap provides interactive ‘sightseeing heatmap’ - January 23rd, 2012

Graphics now appearing on coins! - January 5th, 2012