Egyptian Bots, Pocket Inequality, Loner Jobs and Knife Emergencies

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What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from Aug 13 to 19 finds @puddingviz proving that women’s pockets are inferior to men’s once and for all, @vizzuality on cartographers presenting nocturnal activity in daytime maps, @InfoTimes_ discovering the bots behind political debate in Egypt, @Bahareh360 on where to study ddj, and @hnrklndbrg’s visualizations on everything from loner jobs to knife emergency-room visits.

Pudding’s Pocket Inequality

Women worldwide already know the pockets on women’s jeans are impractically tiny, and now Pudding has provided the data and analysis to prove it. Dive into the data of pocket inequality.

Are Maps Afraid of the Dark?

In this piece from April, social scientist Jamie Gibson discusses how developers of maps tend to use daytime basemaps to present their data even if they are looking at nocturnal activity, and how these choices have an impact on our understanding of the world.

Bots Dominate Political Debate in Egypt

InfoTimes analyzed political hashtags on Twitter from opposing sides in Egypt and found that some of the intensive tweeting and retweeting of the hashtag were done by automated accounts.

Loner Jobs and Knife Emergency Room Visits

Swedish “maker of charts” Henrik Lindberg collates all his data visualizations under one roof. His beautiful data visualizations are an eclectic bunch, from Knife Emergency Room Visits to Loner Jobs.

Hot and Dry Records

Spiegel Online created interactive charts in which readers can check how hot and dry their city was between April and July 2018 compared to previous years.

Dataset for Data Journalism Studies

Information scientist and data journalist Dr. Bahareh Heravi compiled a dataset of 219 unique data journalism-related modules and programs offered around the world.

US Midterms Forecast

FiveThirtyEight prepared a 2018 US midterms election forecast. You can view the chances of each candidate winning for every district. The forecast will be updated every day through to November 6.

Data Literacy Association Launched in Turkey

The Data Literacy Association was established last month in Turkey with eight pioneers aiming to add skills in data literacy and data analysis. Membership is open to anyone who either wants to produce data projects or contribute to the development of the use of data. Here’s the article in Turkish.

Open Data Brazil

Brasil.io was created to make Brazilian data in the public interest available in accessible formats. Browse their repository of public data and join their chat to learn how to collaborate.

Trucking in Venezuela

The Hilux truck leads production and automative sales in the worse automative period in Venezuela.


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

Eunice Au is GIJN’s program coordinator. Previously, she was a Malaysia correspondent for Singapore’s The Straits Times, and a journalist at the New Straits Times. She has also written for The Sun, Malaysian Today and Madam Chair.

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

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