What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from October 14 to 20 finds National Geographic illustrating the unique anatomy of giraffes, The Washington Post explaining the process of building a 3D interactive animation on autonomous driving, The Pudding creating a fun pub crawl generator, and Robert Kosara investigating how people read pie charts.
Anatomy of a Giant
National Geographic illustrated and explained the unique anatomy of giraffes that help them with heat regulation, blood circulation, and supporting their own weight. RJ Andrews, author of Info We Trust, interviews National Geographic’s senior graphics editor Fernando G. Baptista about the making of the infographic.
Dissecting ‘Anatomy of a Giant’ – https://t.co/sC1Znn3G1t
— Dominika Langová (@NikaLango) October 16, 2019
3D Animated Interactive of Self-Driving Cars
The Washington Post took a graphics-driven look at how well autonomous cars can actually “see” and “hear” on the roads. The 3D animated interactive it created put readers in the shoes of a safety driver and highlighted potential flaws of the autonomous driving system. The team behind the project explains their production process step by step.
The @washingtonpost designed a really immersive interactive where you're the "safety driver" on an autonomous car. Today @chrisalcantara, @helloeujin, and @asteckelberg explain how this huge project happened, broken down into lessons and takeaways. https://t.co/lvGRyYlUwI
— OpenNews Source (@source) October 17, 2019
Epic Pub Crawl Generator
Many pubs in the United Kingdom follow typical naming patterns of color + noun, royalty + noun, or noun + inn. The Pudding created a pub crawl generator that will map the shortest route between pubs with the same name in the UK. If you pick Red Lions, you’ll have 339 pubs to get through. Fox & Hounds? Only 89.
If you’re looking to knock back a pint in the UK but only want to go to pubs named Black Horse, @puddingviz has you covered. They found all the pubs in the UK with the same name & mapped the shortest route between each. Map your pub crawl: https://t.co/XzTGKGoaaJ pic.twitter.com/rzPrVewAUR
— Mapbox (@Mapbox) October 9, 2019
The Blood Speeches
InfoTimes analyzed the speeches from ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi from mid-2014 until September 2019 to see how the language he used has changed over time and why. The speeches were mapped and contextualized according to the organization’s influence and defeats over the five years.
Were Al-Boghdadi’s speeches religious or political? How can his rhetoric reflect the status of #Daesh? @InfoTimes_ analysis of 5 years of what the Islamic State’s leader shows what the message of the #ISIS leader really is.https://t.co/NUKUjO2uNa #DDJ
— Daniele Palumbo (@Danict89) October 17, 2019
Reading Pie Charts
How do you read a pie chart? By angle, area, or arc length? Robert Kosara, senior research scientist at Tableau Software, conducted a study to determine the primary visual cue we use in reading pie charts.
— eagereyes.org feed (@eagereyes_feed) October 17, 2019
Revolving Door of Lobbyists in Trump Town
ProPublica recently updated its Trump administration employee database with 639 new appointees. An investigation by ProPublica and Columbia Journalism Investigations into the latest records show that the administration hired a lobbyist for every 14 political appointments made, welcoming a total of 281 lobbyists on board. This number is four times more than the Obama administration had six years into office.
.@dmoravera cleaned and analyzed new employee lists from every federal agency and department to update the database. His data work has laid the foundation for CJI's first enterprising story. https://t.co/L6MpkbolgV
— Columbia Journalism (@columbiajourn) October 16, 2019
Confusing Media Bias with Trustworthiness
Data visualization expert Alberto Cairo critiques a chart that categorizes online news media according to their perceived bias. He points out the flaws in the chart and explains how having an ideological bias doesn’t automatically make a media outlet untrustworthy.
— Alberto Cairo (@AlbertoCairo) October 15, 2019
Police Stop-and-Search Analysis
The Los Angeles Times analyzed police stop-and-search statistics and found that LA’s police officers were far more likely to search black and Latino people when they pulled over vehicles, but white people were more often found to possess contraband. Data on Github.
LAPD searches blacks and Latinos more, but they’re less likely to have contraband than whites. Nice work from @bposton & @cindychangLA (and graphic by @zachwlevitt): Story: https://t.co/g6bmkwu8LK Code: https://t.co/yZBaxYCItM pic.twitter.com/PjsHEGjAOd
— Matt Stiles (@stiles) October 9, 2019
Need to scrape data from the web for your story? Datajournalism.com gathered tips from Paul Bradshaw, Peter Aldhous, Mikołaj Mierzejewski, Maggie Lee, Gianna-Carina Grün, and Erika Panuccio on how to overcome common scraping challenges.
We’ve all been there. Searching, searching, and searching to no avail for that one dataset that you want to investigate. But don't worry! We've put together tips on #scraping from leading journalists @paulbradshaw, @paldhous, and more: https://t.co/fvmZJyFGLJ #ddj #datajournalism pic.twitter.com/N1FIHS5FGf
— DataJournalism.com (@datajournalism) October 15, 2019
Polish Parliament Power Distribution
Gazeta Wyborcza took a look at the party affiliation declarations made by Polish parliamentarians and analyzed the parliament’s distribution of power.
Coś dla fanów sejmowej arytmetyki. Według deklaracji złożonych przez kandydatów na posłów na temat ich przynależności partyjnej policzyliśmy ile partii jest w Sejmie, kto mógłby założyć własny klub, a kto koło, polecam! #nowySejm https://t.co/WIJvVHCj12 pic.twitter.com/ljB8Sos3i4
— Dominik Uhlig (@dominikuhlig) October 16, 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.