What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from October 21 to 27 finds a panel of leading data visualization practitioners discussing the practice of visualization in an age of disinformation, Kloop exposing how Kyrgyzstani officials privatized large swaths of a public park with no oversight, and The Guardian highlighting the minimal changes between ex-British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal with current PM Boris Johnson’s new deal.
The Urban Institute hosted an evening dedicated to understanding data and visuals, where data visualization expert Alberto Cairo delivered a presentation on how to fact-check charts and visuals. It was followed by a panel discussion with leading data viz practitioners who spoke about the responsibility of creating charts, thoughtful representation of people in data points, being transparent about mistakes, and more.
The full recording of Decoding DataViz featuring @AlbertoCairo on How Charts Lie and panelists @jschwabish @AlliTorban @LazaroGamio and me is available thanks to the #LiveAtUrban team. Great conversation around data literacy, ethics, education, and more 👉 https://t.co/ilPi2cFuW5
— Amanda Makulec (@abmakulec) October 25, 2019
Using data-science software Graphext, Sky News analyzed the follower networks of British members of parliament. It discovered that their relationships on the social media platform are just as partisan as those displayed in parliament, with almost half the MPs following 10 or fewer colleagues from other political parties.
The digital divide between British politicians. @SkyNews used @graphext to reveal the level of partisanship that exists on Twitter among members of the UK Parliament https://t.co/6mjsSvuO8x pic.twitter.com/jZmEaNpOOF
— graphext (@graphext) October 18, 2019
Sorting Data via Machine Learning
As datasets become larger and more complex, journalists are increasingly using machine learning models to help sort through and analyze the mass of data. “We have not even scratched the surface on ways that we can use machine learning systems to help solve our problems,” Quartz’s investigations editor John Keefe said.
— Kyra Gurney (@KyraGurney) October 22, 2019
Following the Money
Are you following financial trails for your story? Datajournalism.com gathered some inspiration for your investigations in its October newsletter, including a look at Dutch home care companies, money laundering in Montreal’s real estate market, and VAT fraud in Europe.
From Euros to Yen, there's plenty of stories to be found by digging into money trails. Get started on your next 'follow the money' investigation with these tips and resources: https://t.co/FWSxMSbKI2 #ddj #datajournalism pic.twitter.com/IuX2K9Yjsq
— DataJournalism.com (@datajournalism) October 24, 2019
Public Park Privatized
Between 2000 and 2008, authorities in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan handed out parcels of land in Ataturk Park — once known as “the people’s park” — to 173 wealthy and well-connected people. There was no oversight or public explanation. Kloop spent a year filing more than 60 information requests and reviewing thousands of pages of decrees, court records, and other government documents to find out whose hands the park land fell into. The investigation is published in English and in Russian.
«Парковое дело»: Метин и Саша проделали колласальную работу 👏
Они в течение года кропотливо изучали все возможные документы, чтобы доказать причастность Жээнбекова, прокуроров, депутатов, судей, профессоров к незаконной покупке земли в парке Ата-Тюркhttps://t.co/b4YwVAK1BC
— Azat (@Azat25) October 23, 2019
Brexit “New” Deal?
How different is the new Brexit deal presented by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson compared to the one earlier put forward by his predecessor Theresa May? The Guardian analyzed the deals and finds less than 5% was changed, and pinpoints exactly which parts of the original 293-page withdrawal agreement were renegotiated or removed.
This interactive shows you where the changes are, and you can click on the individual pages to see exactly what came out and what went in to Theresa May's deal during the renegotiation https://t.co/UJTmFMp7Ly
— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam) October 19, 2019
Who Owns Berlin’s Boxi?
As part of a university course, five students from the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam spent half a year digging into archives and researching Berlin’s Boxhagener Platz (also known as Boxi) to find out the ownership structures of the houses in the square. Their project was further developed and reviewed by the Tagesspiegel Innovation Lab. Among their findings, thirteen houses (57%) in the square belong to individuals who acquired the buildings in the 1990s and have kept them ever since.
— Katy Derbyshire (@KatyDerbyshire) October 25, 2019
Gender Parity in German Lecture Halls
Men have often opted for more technical subjects while women leaned towards pedagogy. Does that stereotype still hold true? Zeit Campus analyzed the course enrollment data of first-year undergraduates in German universities and found a higher proportion of women in traditionally male-dominated courses.
— Felix Irmer (@fexi) October 22, 2019
Mental Health Sick Leave
Using data obtained through a Freedom of Information request from 57 fire, police, and ambulance services in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, BBC analyzed and reported that the number of emergency service staff taking sick leave due to poor mental health had risen by a third between 2014 and 2018. Data on Github.
The @ukhomeoffice announced an increase in police numbers. With high rates of #PTSD amongst the workforce, it’s important that wellbeing services are suitably funded & efforts are made to challenge #stigma, supporting their brave work https://t.co/Q7QoW1yb3M
— Charlie Lewis (@CharLewCole) October 16, 2019
Switzerland’s Green “Tsunami”
The magnitude of the votes surge for Switzerland’s Green parties in the recent parliamentary elections has been so surprising that party leaders have called it “not a green wave” but a “tsunami.” The newspaper 24 heures mapped where exactly the green parties have triumphed. Here’s another take on the green gains by SRF.
Villes vs campagne, Romands vs Suisse allemands – 4 graphiques pour comprendre la vague verte https://t.co/q7EwfEMI38 #charticle #ddj #dataviz #EF2019 #WahlenCH2019 @24heuresch @lematindimanche pic.twitter.com/vIUlgXDp3o
— 𝙳𝚞𝚌-𝚀𝚞𝚊𝚗𝚐 𝙽𝚐𝚞𝚢𝚎𝚗 (@duc_qn) October 22, 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.