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Data Journalism’s Top Ten

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from Sept 4 to 10 has @FastCoDesign bringing the #EndtheRainbow argument to the fore, @puddingviz analyzing driving times to abortion clinics in the US and @nsuwatch dissecting a trial involving a German terrorist organization by the numbers.

Rainbow Colour Scheme: Yay or Nay?

As meteorologists raced to map Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall, the National Weather Service realized that its current graphic standards couldn’t communicate the extent of the deluge. It added a very light purple to the deeply saturated rainbow color scale of its graphics, which proved to be a controversial decision among the climate science and data visualization community.

Abortion Access

The Pudding set out to quantify access to US abortion clinics by measuring what really affects people: how long it takes to drive there. They found that for some people, round-trip travel time to the nearest abortion-providing clinic can be about nine hours.

NSU Trial Statistics

Since May 2013, the NSU trial, a trial against five individuals connected to the National Socialist Underground — an extreme-right terrorist organization in Germany — and the NSU murders, has been running. With almost 600 witnesses and experts interrogated and nearly 250 submissions over four years, NSU Watch breaks down the trial by numbers.

Maps Based on Cones of Uncertainty

In predicting paths of hurricanes, maps based on cones of uncertainty have been prevalent. Data expert Alberto Cairo explains how this can be quite problematic as people tend to see it as the size of the hurricane and not the possible range of paths the center of the hurricane can take. Also, people do not realize that the hurricane could very well occur well outside of the cone.

Journocoding Tools

From Excel Geocoding Tool to Placekitten, Journocode has neatly collated 40 tools for all your journocoding needs. Find what you need by using their useful filters: purpose, platform, cost, skill level and type.

Data Needs Context

In reference to Breitbart’s story titled “2,139 DACA Recipients Convicted or Accused of Crimes Against Americans,” data expert Alberto Cairo illustrates how presenting a single data point is meaningless without its context.


Balochistan Population Census

Data analysis of district-wide census data in Pakistan reveals that there is no major change in the ethnic balance of population in Balochistan, namely between the Baloch and Pashtun. It did expose, however, that Balochistan has the biggest gender imbalance in the country among all provinces.

#DHDJ Miami Cancelled

In light of Hurricane Irma, the Digital Humanities and Data Journalism Symposium this week has unfortunately been cancelled.

#DistractedBoyfriend Memes

In case you missed this, data journalist Xaquín González Veira’s 10 hilarious dataviz-related #DistractedBoyfriend styled memes are still tickling data journalists’ funny bones. Check out how he chooses designing for desktop over mobile and experimenting over well tested formats despite knowing the pitfalls.

The Broken US Economy in One Chart

Income inequality hits home in this chart created by NYT. The affluent have received significant raises in recent decades compared to the poor and middle class. This overwhelming reality of the rich getting richer is creating a huge gap between the super-rich and everyone else.

Thanks, once again, to Marc Smith of Connected Action for gathering the links and graphing them.

For a look at Marc Smith’s mapping on #ddj on Twitter, check out this map.

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