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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 11 to 17 has @puntofisso using machine learning to map the average face of British politicians, @AftertheFloodco creating a font that turns numbers into sparklines, and @datassist listing seven deadly sins in statistical analysis.


Average British Politicians

Technologist Giuseppe Sollazzo used machine learning to figure out what an average UK member of parliament looks like. The result: white, male and blue eyed. Think: a slightly feminine version of Nick Clegg.

Font Turns Numbers into Graphics

London design studio After the Flood has created a font to make sparklines — tiny graphics that fit into a line of text to provide context of how a number has changed over time. The AtF Spark font can turn digits into bar graphs, line graphs and dot graphs.

Seven Deadly Sins of Statistical Analysis

Data expert Heather Krause lists the seven common mistakes that occur in statistical analysis, including seeing causality in the wrong direction and ignoring potential external factors.

Prejudice: Urban Versus Rural

Zeit Online has a cool interactive feature on popular prejudices about urban city dwellers and rural villagers. They tackle beliefs such as: village residents meet friends more often when compared to city folks, the bigger the city the less likely one goes to church and that city dwellers have more likely spent time abroad.

Next Wave of Data Journalism (1)

Paul Bradshaw states that in just a decade, data journalism has settled down into familiar practices and genres, from the interactive map and giant infographics to the quick turnaround “Who comes bottom in the latest dataset” write-up. He argues that there is a need to move forward and that there are plenty of places to go.

Next Wave of Data Journalism (2)

Paul Bradshaw looks at the role that computational thinking is likely to play in the next wave of data journalism  —  and the need to problematize that.

The Fate of Tegel Airport

In 1996, the German government agreed to concentrate air transport in the capital region in a “single-airport concept” in Schönefeld and to take the inner-city airports Tempelhof and Tegel off the grid. Tempelhof was closed in 2008. Berliner Morgenpost analyzes whether Tegel supporters have a case for it to remain open.

Designing Better Dataviz

Data expert Alberto Cairo reminds data journalists to produce  graphics that are actually informative and useful for the general public — and not for the data visualization community.

Data Needs Context

Alberto Cairo shows how presenting a single data point is meaningless without context. Chart updated with a suggestion by Andrew Losowsky.

German Election Postmortem

This should be fun. Data visualization teams from several German newsrooms will be gathering on October 4 to present their German election dataviz projects and answer questions. Expect Berliner Morgenpost and Tagesspiegel among others.

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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