Top Ten #ddj: This Week’s Top Data Journalism

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What’s the global #ddj community tweeting about? Our NodeXL mapping from June 12 to 18 includes Google Images quilts from @verge, nerd journalism by @albertocairo, mapping of German’s political party strongholds from @morgenpost and misleading election graphics from @los_replicantes.

Google Images Quilts

Statistician Edward Tufte collaborated with software engineer Adam Schwartz to share a free web-app with the rest of us. ImageQuilts is a Chrome extension that acts as a plug-in for Google Images which lets you build a collage based on the results of your search.

Nerd Journalism

In data expert Alberto Cairo’s 272-page PhD dissertation draft, titled “Nerd Journalism: How Data And Digital Technology Transformed News Graphics,” he examines the transformation of the craft of news graphics by consulting with dozens of professionals at several news organizations and analyzing two decades of Malofiej Infographics Awards.

Mapped: Political Support in Germany

Interactive map by Berliner Morgenpost displays the voter strongholds for political parties across Germany and their unique characteristics, based on election analyses since 1990.

Misleading Graphics

Los Replicantes lists eight hilarious examples of media misrepresenting election data by using misleading graphics.

Downloading Germany’s Data

The German Federal Returning Office releases data on population, economy, labour market and more in downloadable CSV files.

Pakistan’s Unspent Education Budget

A Balochistan Voices analysis of the past six budgets in Balochistan, Pakistan found that the government failed to utilize one-third of its education development budget. The unspent money could have been used to educate almost 430,000 children and build almost 3,000 small primary schools.

French Elections: Abstentions Above 15%

In a representative government, the ideal is that elected representatives represent the citizens. Data Guele shows that the number of votes obtained by elected representatives are steadily falling while abstentions have consistently been above 15 percent.

Beautiful News: #Dataviz & Interactives

ProPublica tweeted a thread of praise for cool data visualizations created by local American media organizations, including links to work by Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, The Denver Post and Tampa Bay Times.

Women’s Tennis Rankings Need Overhaul

Statistician Stephanie Kovalchik believes there is a major flaw with the points-based rankings system in women’s tennis: the arbitrariness of points assigned to different events and rounds which ignore opponent or match difficulty.

“R” Resources for Data Journalism

Timo Grossenbacher curated a list of resources to guide you through the thick jungle of countless R packages, from learning the basics of R’s syntax to scraping HTML tables, and a guide on how to make your work comprehensible and reproducible.

Thanks, once again, to Marc Smith of Connected Action for gathering the links and graphing them.

For a look at Marc Smith’s mapping on #ddj on Twitter, check out this map.

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