What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from May 6 to 12 finds @SteveFranconeri‘s chart chooser based on data formats instead of visualization functions, @daswasfehlt‘s look at Austrian politicians’ weak email passwords in the wake of a major data leak, @NZZ on whether wolves are really a nuisance to the Swiss, and @wihbey‘s research into the data competence and partisanship of journalists.
Need a chart? There are plenty to choose from, and plenty of guides to find the right one to communicate your data to readers (such as the Financial Times’ Visual Vocabulary or the DataViz Catalogue). But what if you don’t yet know what you’re looking for? Statistician Nathan Yau proposes a chart chooser based on data format created by Steve Franconeri.
A chart chooser based on data format by @SteveFranconeri aims to make selection more straightforward for the times you don't know what you're looking for https://t.co/1mv9m5Mr8k pic.twitter.com/ryefrhCPDg
— Nathan Yau (@flowingdata) May 3, 2019
Politicians’ Weak Passwords
Addendum looked into one of the biggest data leaks in history — about 2.2 billion email addresses (more than 900 GB of data) — and found that it included Austrian politicians among the victims, including Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs Margarete Schramböck, whose password is rated as very weak. Those who have used Dropbox, Adobe, LinkedIn or Yahoo might be compromised too. Find out by contacting the Hasso Plattner Institute.
Von einem der größten Datenlecks der Geschichte sind neben einigen Ministern, vielen Parlamentariern auch rund 1.500 Polizisten betroffen. Das nenne ich mal eine Sicherheitslücke. https://t.co/uuMb8GuVjs
— Michael Mayrhofer (@michaelmhofer) May 9, 2019
What Does the Wolf Say?
People are complaining about the growing numbers of wolves in Valais, a canton in southern Switzerland, and are calling for an end to wolf protection. Neue Zürcher Zeitung investigates just how many wolves there are in Switzerland and whether they are really a nuisance to the human population.
— Neue Zürcher Zeitung (@NZZ) May 8, 2019
Data Competence and Partisanship
In his research for the book “The Social Fact: News and Knowledge in a Networked World,” media scholar and former journalist John Wihbey looked into the competence of journalists in reporting on numbers, data and research, as well as the correlation between the partisanship of a journalist’s follows on Twitter and the articles he or she produces.
Survey: 80 percent of journalists said it was very important to be able to interpret statistics from sources. However, only 25% of those journalists were confident they were equipped to do this themselves. https://t.co/fiRFqJKIPm pic.twitter.com/TZyQwLpLXf
— Rubina Madan Fillion (@rubinafillion) May 3, 2019
EU Budget: Where Does It Go?
Deutsche Welle breaks down how €225 billion of the European Union’s budget for the years 2014 to 2020 have been allocated and spent in economically disadvantaged regions. German version here.
— DW Europe (@dw_europe) May 8, 2019
Belgian Arms in Yemen
An investigation by Le Soir and its partners shows that weapons made in Belgium and sold to Saudi Arabia were used in the conflict in Yemen. This follows on the heels of a similar investigation in France.
— joelmatriche (@joelmatriche) May 8, 2019
A Sheety API
Data Journalism Turkey recommends Sheety, a tool created by Phillip Caudell to help you turn Google spreadsheets into an API instantly, and free of charge.
— Arthur Camara 🧀 (@arthur_camara) February 13, 2019
London vs. England
London is a whole different beast from the rest of England, ranging from take-home pay to air pollution levels, according to this series of interactive visualizations by The Guardian. Find out how other areas fare compared to the capital.
This is a cool interactive. London v England: where does your area fit in the great divide? Where I live in Stockport the beer is cheap but the wages are low https://t.co/4wJksFhm7N
— Helen Pidd (@helenpidd) May 6, 2019
Folha’s Data Journalism Under One Roof
Brazil’s daily Folha de S. Paulo now has a dedicated page for all of its data journalism stories, with topics ranging from sexual crimes to highway deaths, and even a comparison of search interest for Mothers’ Day versus Fathers’ Day. The paper’s latest is on a cool ideological GPS tool, which analyzes the behavior of political influencers and finds out where their ideologies lie. (In Portuguese.)
Amigos, a editoria de jornalismo de dados da Folha se chama agora @DeltaFolha. E estreamos com esse material abaixo! Antes a gente não aparecia muito, mas agora isso mudou. Temos perfil no Twitter agora e página no site da folha (https://t.co/hIT2LjMVue). https://t.co/9r4sGGe87M
— Fábio Takahashi (@tak_fabio) May 9, 2019
Building the #ImplantFiles Database
The cross-border #ImplantFiles investigation that examines the medical device industry started with zero data. But over the course of a year, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists filed more than 1,500 public records requests and ended up gathering more than eight million records to kick-start its investigation.
— ICIJ (@ICIJorg) May 9, 2019
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.