This past week in class, the conversation turned to information that is "born digital" and how it can be analyzed and used. I attended New York Data Week last October, so my mind quickly thought of the visualizations that I saw. Yes, when you get data into digital form - whether it is born digital or digitized - you can then analyze and display the information. If you have not viewed any visualizations of large/massive data sets, take a look at these.
Wind Map, http://hint.fm/wind/
Esty loves NYC, http://www.etsy.com/nyc-data-week
Foursquare Check-ins in NYC During Hurricane Sandy,
Foursquare Check-ins in NYC During Hurricane Sandy from Foursquare on Vimeo.