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Data Roundup, 30 April

- April 30, 2014 in afghanistan, climate change, Data Roundup, data visualization contest, scott klein, simon rogers, teen crisis, us senate elections, ux color theory

Chris Martino – US Capitol Building

Tools, Events, Courses You still have a bit of time left to participate in the Data Visualization contest launched by, which aims at making the extent of the teen crisis (bullying, self-harm, abuse) social phenomenon in the US more accessible and understandable. The final deadline to submit your visualization prototype is May 2. The Knight Center for Journalism will soon launch another great MOOC called “Investigative Journalism for the Digital Age”. The course lasts five weeks and will start on May 12. Data Stories The elections for the US senate are about to come, and bets on the winner party have already started. But if you need a much deeper statistical point of view on the event, take a look at “Who Will Win the Senate?” from the New York Times (with interactive graphics made by Mike Bostock). Sarah Slobin is a data journalist who works as graphic editor at the Wall Street Journal, and she wrote a very interesting article on Source explaining why transforming data into visualizations is not always the right thing to do and why it is important to link the human element to the numbers. What can we expect from data journalism in the future? What is to come after the launch of FiveThirtyEight and the Upshot? ProPublica’s assistant managing editor Scott Klein analyses the state of the art of DDJ in an interview published on the Tow Center website. Another interesting perspective on open journalism is that of Simon Rogers, surely among the most heard voices on the web when it comes to data and storytelling. This is his appeal: “Hey Wonk Reporters, Liberate Your Data”. What role will data visualization play in the climate change debate? Will it help clarifying misunderstandings and promote a better confrontation or will it keep things as they are? Read Megan Albon’s opinion on Internews just concluded the first ever data journalism training event in Afghanistan. Data Sources Arthur Charpentier published a long, long, long list of interesting readings, visualizations, and blog posts for data lovers. Scroll it down on “Data News: Why the Boom in Big Data Journalism Makes Sense & More”. Even though it may seem easy at first, selecting the right colors for your visualization is always a hard task. The guide “UX color theory” is a very useful guide that 5AM Solutions recently published and made available for free to anyone who wishes to know more about colors. flattr this!

Data Roundup, 25 February

- February 26, 2014 in big data leaders, Cities, climate change, Data Roundup, gdp, influencers, lyra, Open Data Institute, selfiecity

Doug88888 – Bangkok

Tools, Events, Courses Just in case you’ve not yet come across it – you still have a couple of weeks left to participate to the 2015 Data Journalism Awards. The competition is open to anyone and rewards eight winners with a 2.000 dollars prize each, and the deadline is April 4, 2014. On Thursday 27 the Open Data Institute will hold the one-day course Introduction to open data for journalists: finding stories in data. Don’t miss the chance, book now! A new data design tools is about to be released under open source license. It is called Lyra and it is an interactive software which allows you to build graphs and charts without having to write long time-consuming code. Data Stories Not all rich people behave the same way with the money they earn. Take a minute to look at this curious infographic from Adweek which tells you what differences there are among millionaires. US citizens might be interested in knowing where their GDP comes from, and here is the answer: take a look at The case for big cities, in 1 map from the Washington Post. Climate change is one of the big issues of the century. This interactive map from the Guardian Data Blog team clearly shows how it causes extreme weather events around the world. Click on the markers and you can get a picture of the last month most unnatural weather conditions. Selfiecity is surely among the top data journalism projects of this week. This website is an investigation about self-portraits in five cities of the world. Browse it to get insights from the demographics of 3200 people and their relative poses in front of the camera. Data Sources Do you want to know which are the four pillars of data visualization according to Read about them here and you will also find useful links to several design resources. published the list of the top 200 most influential leaders in the field of big data. Scroll it down and choose who to follow on Twitter. If you’re making an infographic and on the hunt for good icons to insert in your piece – your search is over! Check out this set of Open Data icons, produced by for Open Data Day. Credits Thanks to @mihi_tr @zararah flattr this!

The Founding Fathers v. The Climate Change Skeptics

- February 19, 2014 in Articles, benjamin franklin, british america, british colonies, climate change, founding fathers, Science & Medicine, thomas jefferson, weather

When claims from Europe accused British America of being inferior on account of its colder weather, Thomas Jefferson and his fellow Founding Fathers responded with patriotic zeal that their settlement was actually causing the climate to warm. Raphael Calel explores how, in contrast to today's common association of the U.S. with climate change skepticism, it was a very different story in the 18th century.

Data Roundup, 3 December

- December 3, 2013 in aids, australia, bushfire, charts, climate change, course, Data, Data Roundup, gender, inequality, infographics, javascript, Mapping, november, online, Roundup, top 5, Tutorial, tweets, World Bank

A course on online mapping, new visualization software, corruption perceptions data, bushfires in Australia through interactive maps, climate change effects infographics, the top 5 tweets of November in data visualization, a gift list for data lovers.

United Nations Photo – Climate Change Effects in Island Nation of Kiribati

Tools, Events, Courses If you are a wannabe mapper and you need to acquire skills to manage your digital exploration tools you might be interested in registering at the “Online mapping for beginner” course of CartoDB starting on December the 3rd. Hurry up: only few places left! Daniel Smilkov, Deepak Jagdish and César Hidalgo are three MIT students that developed a visualization tool called Immersion. Immersion helps you visualizing your network of e-mail contacts using only “From”, “To”, “Cc” without taking into account any kind of content. JavaScript is one of the most common programming language frequently used to create beautiful visualizations. Follow this tutorial from if you want to learn it bypassing D3.js. Practice makes perfect! Data Stories Yesterday, Transparency International launched it’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranking countries according to perceived levels of corruption. Have a look at the results and see how your country ranks. Everyone knows what a bar chart is but have you ever heard about trilinear plots? This post from Alberto Cairo introduces a short consideration on new forms of data representations and on when to break conventions in information design. The goal of the Digital Methods Initiative of the Amsterdam University is to map and analyze causes, effects and possible future scenarios deriving from climate change. As part of this project, the students from Density Design Research Lab wrote a wonderful post outlining their visual design take on climate change. Gender inequality is one of those big issues which varies enormously from country to country. If you are wondering what countries have the worst gender gap a look at the map published on the Slate Magazine by Jamie Zimmerman, Nicole Tosh, and Nick McClellan. There are a lot of visualizations you can make from data coming from social networks, especially from those coming from the biggest one: Facebook. Take a minute to see those posted in this curious article from Armin Grossenbacher: “Visualising (not so) Big Data”. In Australia bushfires occur frequently. Look at the amazing interactive story that The Guardian published on their history, showing maps with data on temperatures, hectares of land burnt and number of properties damaged. Not everyone knows that we just passed the World Aids Day on the first of December. Tariq Khokhar reminds us the global situation of the disease in this article from the World Bank Data Blog. Data Sources extracted the list of the 5 most influential tweets of November containing the hashtag #dataviz from a database of about 10.100 posts. Read it here and see who did best. Christimas is getting closer. If you need some good suggestions on what to buy to your friends and parents take a moment to read the FlowingData Gift Guide and you’ll find some interesting data-gifts for your data-lovers. flattr this!