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GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: School Shootings, Trains vs Planes, Ukraine-Russia Trade, UK Airport Crimes

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from Aug 27 to Sept 2 finds @nytclimate personalizing climate change, @npr fact-checking the US Education Department’s school shooting data, @dwnews calculating the cost of travel to the environment, and @junkcharts dissecting the strengths of Thailand cave rescue data visualizations.

Climate Change, Personalized

The world is warming up because of human-induced climate change. But how much has it heated up in your hometown? See the effects of climate change, personalized, in this New York Times interactive.

Fake News in School Shooting Numbers

This spring the US Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, “nearly 240 schools … reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.” NPR fact-checked this claim and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never occurred.

Russia-Ukraine Trade

Over the past four years, Ukraine radically reduced exports of goods to Russia and increased sales to the EU. GIJN member Data Journalism Agency ( analyzed the trade export data.

Airport Crimes

The crime rate at or close to airports in England and Wales has doubled in two years, and passengers travelling with banned items like CS spray, knives and air rifles are partly to blame for the statistics. Check out GitHub for how the BBC extracted relevant data from 1600 CSVs.

Cost of Travel: Trains vs Planes

Are planes really the fastest and cheapest way to travel? DW ran the numbers, taking into account transit time and environmental damage, and found several routes the train gives the plane a run for its money. It also reveals how the numbers would change if we were to pay for the environmental consequences of travel.

Thai Cave Rescue Dataviz

The story of 12 boys and their coach trapped for 17 days inside a flooded cave in Thailand in July caught worldwide attention, triggering attempts by media outlets to explain the rescue operation with data visualizations. Kaiser Fung analyzes the strengths of these visualizations.

Dataviz Without Coding

Turn your data into stories without writing code using DIVE. A data exploration tool, DIVE combines recommender systems with point-and-click interactions for easy data visualization and analysis. It is a publicly available open source research project from the MIT Media Lab.

Free Data-Driven Storytelling Book

The Data-Driven Storytelling book, edited by Nathalie Henry Riche, Christophe Hurter, Nicholas Diakopoulos and Sheelagh Carpendale, is free to read for one more week online!

Business Economy in Spain

The Vodafone Observatory created a tool to show how business in Spain has evolved from 2008 to 2017 and which sectors have grown according to different regions.

Candidacy Analyzed

Ilo Aguiar, a PhD researcher in Digital Media at UT Austin|Portugal Program, did a data deep dive on 590 Tribunal Superior Eleitoral state deputy candidates in Ceará, Brazil.

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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