What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from August 12 to 18 finds information designer Giorgia Lupi discussing how to embrace data complexity, New York Times Opinion building a forked-path visualization to predict an individual’s political leanings, the Guardian visualizing Brexit’s potential impact on UK food imports, and El Universal Mexico looking at the incidences of crime claiming young victims.
Embracing Data Complexity
Giorgia Lupi talks to the Data Visualization Society about embracing complexity in data visualizations and building them in a way that people are able to focus on one aspect at a time but are also able to understand the big picture.
— Giorgia Lupi (@giorgialupi) August 14, 2019
Quiz: Are You a Democrat or a Republican?
The New York Times created a quiz to predict whether someone is more likely to identify as a Democrat or a Republican. Answer a series of yes-or-no questions and watch the forking paths visualization appear. The article also explains its predictions based on existing demographic data from the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Cooperative Congressional Election Study. For more, check out Alberto Cairo’s write-up about the forking paths visualization here.
— Jon Keegan (@jonkeegan) August 9, 2019
Food Shopping Post-Brexit
The Guardian looks at how a no-deal Brexit could impact the United Kingdom’s food imports. Around 30% of all food consumed in the UK is imported from the European Union, but for some foods, such as olives and spinach, the EU is practically the UK’s sole supplier.
— Rachel Lavin (@RachelLavin) August 19, 2019
Tim Dwyer, Data Visualization and Immersive Analytics professor at Monash University, explains what immersive analytics is and its potential for use in the real world on the Data Stories podcast.
ICYMI: There has been a lot of talk about the use of AR & VR in #dataviz, but will it really take off? @immersivecola recently gave us a primer on #immersiveanalytics and discussed pros and cons. Find out how you can start experimenting with it yourself: https://t.co/FuAecZhN8I pic.twitter.com/twerkKJ0Hr
— Data Stories Podcast (@datastories) August 8, 2019
Mexico’s Young Murder Victims
El Universal analyzes the data of murders in Mexico and finds that the victims in two out of ten murders committed in the country are young men between 15 and 24 years old. Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Guerrero, Nayarit, and Nuevo León were murder hotspots for people in this age range. (In Spanish.)
— Daniel Gómez (@jdanielgoh) August 15, 2019
Free EuroStat Webinar
Sign up for Eurostat’s free hour-and-a-half webinar on September 24, 2019 to understand the European Commission’s data.
💻 Free webinar on finding and understanding Eurostat data 💻
🗓️ Takes place on 24 September 2019 at 11:00 CET (in English) 🗓️
➡️ If interested, please contact: Eurostat.helpdesk_EN@sogeti.lu pic.twitter.com/mrx4c1rxaV
— EU_Eurostat (@EU_Eurostat) August 14, 2019
Data Points Are People
Data visualization expert Alberto Cairo writes about a Reuters Graphics project from 2017 that tries to show the scale of the Rohingya exodus from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
— Kantar IIB Awards (@infobeautyaward) August 15, 2019
Moscow Court’s Sentencing “Templates”
Protesters took to the streets in Moscow on July 27 after election authorities barred several opposition candidates from running for Moscow’s city council. More than 1,300 protesters were detained that day. The Moscow City Court later published 153 sentences for some of the cases. Novaya Gazeta analyzed these decisions from more than 10 courts and found that parts of the text were copied verbatim, suggesting a central production of these “template” court decisions.
❗ Чтобы осудить полторы сотни человек, хватило восьми шаблонов – исследование дата-отдела «Новой газеты».
— Новая Газета (@novaya_gazeta) August 13, 2019
Berlin Rental Market Profiteers
Of the 1.9 million homes in Berlin, 1.5 million are rented (81.5%). Who are the biggest profiteers from Berlin’s rental market? Tagesspiegel and Correctiv took a deep dive into the rental market data for the past eight months.
— Guntram Wolff (@GuntramWolff) July 1, 2019
Data Journalism Survey
Lindita Camaj, associate professor at the University of Houston’s Valenti School of Communication, invites data journalists to take part in this survey to help investigators better understand how data journalism is evolving.
Attention #data #journalists: @camaj_camaj of the @UHouston Communication Department is doing an international survey to better understand #data #journalism practices in newsrooms across different #media and political system! Take part here https://t.co/CiQVqVLVYE via @gijn
— Advocacy Assembly (@Advocassembly) May 27, 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.