The good folks at South Side Sox wrote about this, and I thought it would be of interest here as well. If you've got 50 minutes to kill, this video is well worth the time. SSS does a better job explaining the topic than I would: "Visualization of data, a step up from regular old charts and graphs, is becoming near-essential in relaying, understanding and processing information." The video is not really sports-related, but it is an interesting look at the future of information sciences - and while we may never be able to be "authentic experts" - i.e. not novices - it's some nifty stuff. Data visualization has already been used some with NBA with ESPN's game flow, NBA hot spots, or the playing style spectrum.