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 July 10 to 16 has Dwarshuis on the Airbnb takeover of Amsterdam, @blprnt on taking a systems approach to data and @SPIEGELONLINE ‏ and @Correctiv_org on Big Pharma’s payments to doctors.

Watch Airbnb Take Over Amsterdam

Dwarshuis illustrates the Airbnb phenomenon in Amsterdam since the company launched, with a dot showing the first time an apartment was rented out in the city, along with the name of the owner.

You Say Data, I Say System

@blprnt ‏says taking a systems approach to data thinking allows you not only to solve problems more efficiently, but to more deeply understand (and critique) the data machinery that ubiquitously affects our day-to-day lives.

On Big Pharma’s Payroll

In 2016, the pharmaceutical industry paid €562 million to physicians and clinics, with only a quarter of all doctors reporting these revenues openly, reported @SPIEGELONLINE and @Correctiv_org.

Cologne: Inside the Archbishop’s Crypt

Germany’s Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger offers a 360 view inside Archbishop Joachim Cardinal Meisner’s last resting place in the Cologne Cathedral.

In Mapping, Size Matters

Bigger areas on maps can overshadow the smallest ones, leading us to make false assumptions about the underlying data. @MusMekh shows how to better represent your data.

Data Viz: The Book

Data Visualization for All is an open-access textbook which provides a friendly introduction to data visualization, with step-by-step tutorials, video screencasts and real-world examples. Featured tools include Google Sheets, Tableau Public, Carto, Highcharts, Leaflet and GitHub.

Data Journalism Grows, But Essential Training Doesn’t

Data journalism is attracting younger reporters who have undergraduate degrees but little training in data-oriented fields like statistics and coding, the Global Data Journalism survey found.

By the Numbers: Immigrants in Switzerland

Using data provided by the Federal Statistical Office to the National Centre of Competence in Research for migration and mobility studies, @swissinfo_en retraced 15 years of migratory movements of foreigners who arrived in Switzerland in 1998.

Visualizing Geographic Data in R

This post by @NickDoesData focuses on using the R visualization package ggplot2, which is found in the tidyverse package.

More R: Packages for Interactive Plots and Visualizations

@AntGuilllot shows the best packages for network and graph data, sequential data, hierarchical data and textual data.

Doing Data Journalism for Audio

@paulbradshaw offers up examples from his MA in data journalism at Birmingham City University to give you inspiration for telling data stories using audio.


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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