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GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Racing Snails, Presidential Gifts and Berlin’s Building Blocks

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from May 21 to 27 finds @nigelblue‘s wildly humorous infographic book about crazy competitions across the globe, @Data_Match breaking down the list of gifts given to the president of the United States by foreign leaders, and @FinancialTimes looking into the pressures Antarctica faces.

Crazy Competitions

Nigel Holmes, a graphic designer known for his playful illustrated graphics, has a new book: Crazy Competitions. From racing snails to carrying wives, these oddly wonderful competitions are illustrated and explained with brilliant infographics.

Gifts of Diplomacy

Each year, the US State Department publishes the list of gifts given to the president and his family by foreign leaders. DataMatch looked at which countries have sought to seduce America, from Bush to Obama.

The Fight for Antarctica

Competition for natural resources, research and tourism is putting pressure on the Cold War-era treaty that guarantees order on the continent of Antarctica.

Statistical Pitfalls in News

Should you use the mean or the median? How should you interpret the “margins of error'” of polling results? Maarten Lambrechts shares his slides “Statistical Pitfalls in News” during a session at the European Investigative Journalism Conference.

Telling Stories with Data — Free Course

Learn how to tell stories with data. The Knight Center is offering a free massive open online course “Data Visualization for Storytelling and Discovery” taught by data expert Alberto Cairo. Prior experience with data visualization or design is not necessary.

Rethinking Data Sharing

The sharing of data is one of the key principles of reproducible research, but Roger Peng argues there are serious considerations to take into account before any real sharing of health data can occur.

Who Funds German Political Parties?

Political parties in German Parliament received more than 60 million euros in donations in 2016. Of this amount, the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) received the largest slice of the pie — 22.2 million euros.

Berlin Block by Block

Berliner Morgenpost mapped the age of buildings in Berlin and visualized how the city was built through the decades block by block.

Summer of Data Science Challenge #SoDS18

What sort of data science do you want to learn more about this summer? How about data journalism with R? Timo Grossenbacher hand-curated some resources to guide you.

Free Excel Course in Spanish

Free Excel 2013 Basic Course to Intermediate. Learn basic operations, handling formulas and essential functions of all categories, graphs, tables, database operations, data filter, conditional formatting, essential tricks and more.

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

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.

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

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