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

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What’s the global #ddj community tweeting about? Our NodeXL analysis from July 17 to 23 has @ajc intern @stephanierlamm mapping closed data, @zeitonline mapping the path of voluntary rescue boats in the Mediterranean Sea, and @PPLAFF on the corruption scandal around Democratic Republic of the Congo President Joseph Kabila.

Mapping Closed Data

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution requested public data on how many affordable housing units had been built, funded or planned along the Beltline corridor but reporters didn’t get satisfactory answers. AJC intern Stephanie Lamm wouldn’t give up. Within 15 hours, Lamm mapped where housing was funded using open source tools that she had never used before.

The Lumumba Papers

The Lumumba Papers platform, by Platform for the Protection of Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF), details the chronology of events of a controversial corruption scandal surrounding the administration of Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

DataViz: Refugee Sea Rescue

Zeit Online took a data-driven look into the rescue operations of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. The paths of voluntary rescue boats are presented in an interactive graphic and heatmap.

Mapping Italy’s Fires

GB Vitrano maps fires that occur in Italy, using data provided by the project EFFIS — the European Forest Fire Information System. Each marker on the map shows the location, day of the report and a link to the news that describes it.

Berlin’s Tram Line

Cool data visualization by Berliner Morgenpost of Berlin’s 250 public transport lines, enriched with social and economic statistics along each line, such as availability of clubs, amount of bicycle thefts and average home rental prices.

Asylum at a Glance

SRF Data presents the most important developments of the asylum situation in Switzerland in easy-to-understand graphics. It includes the number of asylum applications, the origin of applicants and the percentage of applications granted or rejected.

Africa Open Data Conference

The official press launch of the Africa Open Data Conference in Accra, Ghana.

Open Data Camp UK

Open Data Camp 5, an “unconference” entirely devoted to open data, will be held on October 21 and 22 at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Data Journalism: A Civic Duty

Data journalism trainer Eva Constantaras explains why all data journalism produced should have a public interest and purpose.

R Packages for Visualization

Antoine Guillot curates a list of the best packages for interactive and complex visualizations, including NetworkD3, visNetwork and SunburstR.

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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