What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from November 19 to 25 finds society’s most urgent concerns in the textual data of a long-standing @dearabby column, a kerfuffle over @The Economist‘s regional inequality graph, dangerous pit toilets in Africa highlighted by @SECTION27news, and a gift of sorts from @politico, who open sourced their elections data management system.
Dear Abby on American Anxieties
For more than half a century, Dear Abby — America’s longest-running advice column — has offered counsel to thousands of worried and conflicted readers. The Pudding partnered with IBM to turn these readers text-based concerns into data. They grouped them into a “constellation of concerns” and revealed that some of the most debated topics were on sex, religion and LGBTQ issues.
— Matthew Conlen (@mathisonian) November 17, 2018
A year ago, The Economist published a chart on regional equality in nine countries that caused a kerfuffle, with some readers calling the chart misleading. In this piece, the head of data journalism at The Economist, Alex Selby-Boothroyd, responds to those criticisms by explaining the challenges of charting inequality and discussing possible alternative solutions.
A year ago I called out @TheEconomist for fudging this chart to make the UK look less unequal than it actually is. This caused a bit of a furore, and since then the debate has rumbled on. Now they have written a rather good blog about the episode: https://t.co/CrrizdFyoS pic.twitter.com/kxoxJjBajX
— Laurie Macfarlane (@L__Macfarlane) November 10, 2018
Dangerous Pit Toilets
For many South African school-going children, going to the toilet can be dangerous. The NGO Section27, with education data initiative Passmark, collected data from 86 schools in Limpopo between May and July 2018 and found that nearly half of them had unlawful pit toilets and the sanitation facilities were in poor condition. (Disclaimer: GIJN’s IT Coordinator Alastair Otter contributed to this report.)
— SECTION27 (@SECTION27news) November 20, 2018
Open Source Elections Data
Politico is sharing its system for modeling and publishing election-centric civic data with other newsrooms. Civic, constructed as a Django project, centralizes the storage of election data and can be reused for different applications. Politico is inviting other newsrooms to use what they have built and help to improve it.
Today, we're open sourcing POLITICO Civic, our bedrock for election results. We're going to use it for 2020, and we want you to use it too.
— Tyler Fisher (@tylrfishr) November 19, 2018
Germans Monitoring Flight Punctuality
SWR has been analyzing the punctuality of over 2,000 daily flights at seven international airports in southwestern Germany using public sources. Just after midnight, the flight times of the previous day are automatically analyzed. (In German.)
— Schmid-Johannsen (@schmdjhnnsn) November 21, 2018
Tracking Global Warming Reduction
According to the Climate Action Tracker, which tracks the progress of countries’ efforts to keep warming below 2°C, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, USA and Ukraine are woefully behind in their reduction targets. Turkey will be one of the countries most affected by global warming due to its semi-arid climate. (In Turkish.)
Türkiye, iklim sorununa katkı veren birkaç ülke içerisinde gösteriliyor. Rusya, ABD, Suudi Arabistan, Ukrayna ve Türkiye bu listeye göre kritik durumda olan ülkeler.#dokuz8veri Haber Merkezihttps://t.co/2umh2C9vuR pic.twitter.com/9UNtEUi14s
— dokuz8HABER (@dokuz8haber) November 22, 2018
Didn’t make it to this year’s Coda.BR event, the biggest data journalism conference in Brazil? Fret not, the School of Data has compiled more than 30 presentations and resources from the conference in one place. (In Portuguese.)
Dica: Todas o material das oficinas e apresentações do CODA-BR 2018 estão neste link. https://t.co/0VjBcPM101
— Cecília do Lago (@ceciliadolago) November 21, 2018
Visualization Literacy Conundrum
Michael Correll discusses what visualization literacy means. He warns that the term “literacy” has sometimes been used to shift the blame to audiences rather than data visualizers failing to provide the necessary tools for audiences to understand the charts.
— Paul Campbell (@PaulCampbell91) November 21, 2018
Survey on Statistics Course
The European Journalism Centre, in collaboration with Paris21, is looking to develop a video training course on helping journalists with official statistics. Fill in their survey if you are interested.
[Survey for Journalists] We're looking into an online course on "Understanding Official Statistics" w/ @ddjournalism @ejcnet #ddj #data | Tell us what you want to know by 30 Nov: https://t.co/KmV9Pr0EY0 pic.twitter.com/Ogu8cmBiiY
— PARIS21 (@ContactPARIS21) November 27, 2018
Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, is home to a budding ecosystem of journocoders. They hold monthly meetups to learn data journalism techniques together, and have covered D3.js, mapping, data wrangling, data cleaning and more.
— Journocoders_id (@Journocoders_id) November 22, 2018
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.