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 26 to July 2 includes a new data journalism handbook by @smfrogers, timeless hits and blocked tweets from @SPIEGELONLINE, data visualization pitfalls by @tamaramunzner and mapping projections from Azimuthal to Mercator by @eOpinionTvNews.

New Data Journalism Handbook in 2018

Google News Lab is partnering with the the European Journalism Centre to launch a new version of the Data Journalism Handbook, which will be published in four languages next year. There will be an open call for contributions on July 31.

Scatterplots and Timeless Hits

Which hits of past decades are still heard today on Spotify? Listen and explore the change of musical taste in Spiegel’s cool interactive player.

Germany’s Blocked Twitter Accounts

Spiegel’s analysis of Twitter shows more than 250 accounts were held or blocked in Germany in April and May this year.

Pixel Art Viz

Check out 8 Bit Statistics, which analyzes statistics and presents its findings in pixel art visualizations.

32 Dataviz Pitfalls to Avoid

Tamara Munzner, a computer science professor at University of British Columbia, says designers must take into account three different kinds of resource limitations when creating data visualizations: computers, humans and displays. She lists 32 pitfalls to avoid, including not designing for color deficiency.

Mapping Perspectives

Peters projection, Mercator projection, Pacific-centered and Azimuthal polar projection maps all show us different perspectives of the world. Any one perspective is not any more correct than another — just different.


NIFTY is a system that finds mutations of a single piece of information across the daily news cycle. It provides a streamlined way to identify what phrases and quotes are making the news and the interest in stories over time.

#DataJConf in Dublin, July 6-7

The European Data and Computational Journalism Conference starts Thursday and will feature talks on leveraging search data to bring elections to life, data journalism as a civic duty and the state of global data journalism.

The Story Hunt

“The Story Hunt: Uncover the EU,” a program hosted by the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany‘s teams of Datenschule, OpenBudgets and, came to an end last week. Journalists, analysts, non-profit organizations, developers and designers formed interdisciplinary teams that collaboratively worked on finding stories, leads and data analyses around the EU and its money flows.

Turkey Data Group Joins GIJN

Data Journalism Turkey was among 10 new members approved by the GIJN Board of Directors last month. The nonprofit organization is a news and resource site for journalists, designers, editors, communication students and academics to develop and support data journalism practice.

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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