What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from Sept. 18 to 24 has datavizproject‘s Wikipedia of Data Visualization, the state of data journalism by @googlenewslab, a fun Dear Data Postcard Kit by @giorgialupi and @stefpos to share with your data penpal, and German election data stories by @dwnews, @tagesspiegel and @br_data.
Wikipedia for #Dataviz
You have one dataset, and countless ways to visualize it. Bar chart? Tree graph? The dreadful pie chart? The Data Viz Project has more than 150 types of visualizations, neatly categorized and easily searchable, to show you what data visualizations could work for your dataset.
— Yuri Engelhardt (@YuriEngelhardt) September 21, 2017
Data Journalism in 2017
Google News Lab, in collaboration with PolicyViz, conducted a series of 56 in-depth interviews in the U.S., UK, Germany and France, and an online survey of more than 900 journalists to better understand how journalists use data to tell stories. Read the full report here.
— Corrie Davidson (@CorrieDavidson) September 21, 2017
Sparkline Font Tutorial
Last week’s Top Ten #ddj highlighted design studio After the Flood’s AtF Spark font to turn numbers into graphics. Paul Bradshaw wrote this tutorial on how to use the font if you’re not already familiar with web fonts and other technicalities of web design.
— Paul Bradshaw (@paulbradshaw) September 22, 2017
Dear Data Postcard Kit
Information designers and Dear Data co-authors Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavac’s Dear Data Postcard Kit was released last week. The kit guides you and your data penpal to become creative information artists with a series of 20 ready-to-make postcards complete with prompts and an engagingly illustrated instruction booklet that shows how postcards can be both artistic expression and correspondence.
— Dear Data (@_deardata) September 18, 2017
Unreported Political Donations
German political parties have received over 200 million euros in donations over the last four years, but only 13 million was immediately reported. A Deutsche Welle investigation shows how firms systematically hide party donations.
— Rachel Stewart (@RachelStewart04) September 22, 2017
Changing Landscape of Berlin Votes
Take a tour of the streets of Berlin and discover how neighborhoods voted in German elections since 1990 in this interactive map by Tagesspiegel.
— Franco Delle Donne (@fdelledonne) September 1, 2017
Residence Affects Voting Behaviour
The participation rate of electoral voting in Germany has declined over the past few decades, although there was a slight increase in 2013. Nuremberg was the German city with the lowest rate at the last election: 66.9%. BR Data shows how where one resides is related to voting behavior.
— BR Data (@br_data) September 20, 2017
Burning Issues in Swiss Votes
The Swiss go to polls about four times a year in nationwide votes. Using data compiled by the Centre for Research on Direct Democracy, swissinfo.ch analyzed the most popular voting themes since Switzerland’s first constitution in 1848.
— Duc Quang Nguyen (@duc_qn) September 22, 2017
Prejudice: Urban Versus Rural
Zeit Online’s cool interactive feature on popular prejudices of urban city dwellers and rural residents is now available in English. They tackle beliefs such as: the social fabric of countryside residents is tighter knit compared to city folks, the bigger the city the fewer worries people have about immigration integration, and that people in large cities are worldlier.
— Sascha Venohr (@venohr) September 23, 2017
Average British Politicians
Technologist Giuseppe Sollazzo used machine learning to figure out what an average UK member of parliament looks like. The result depicts a white male. This is not surprising, given than only 208 out of 650 MPs are women, less than a third of the total.
— Paul Kirby (@paul1kirby) September 17, 2017