What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from October 9 to 15 has @RTSinfo looking into flight sharing platform @Wingly_UK, while @srfdata finds millions of fake @instagram followers, @jwyg charts the growth of all Internet sites, and @nytimes collaborates with @AmstatNews to promote critical thinking and data literacy.
Airbnb in the Skies
Wingly — the Airbnb equivalent in the skies — recently launched in Switzerland, where the potential is huge with more than 4,700 private aircraft pilots and 63 runways. RTSinfo scraped the flight sharing platform site to find out what it offers.
Idée de cadeau pour Noel – Wingly, le Airbnb du cockpit, décolle en Suisse https://t.co/7fwDFh0ecx
— gabor markus (@gabormarkus) October 13, 2017
SRF Data built an algorithm to identify fake followers on Instagram. Results show that fake followers are indeed a widespread phenomenon — almost one-third of 7 million profiles are fake.
— Ryan Mansergh, PhD (@n3ur0) October 14, 2017
What’s Going On in This Graph?
New York Times is partnering with the American Statistical Association for a monthly feature: “What’s Going On in This Graph?”. It is an educational resource for students and the public to make sense of data visualizations.
— TS Ms.Gardea (@ScienceTS) October 5, 2017
How Online Journalism Uses Data
The winners of the 2017 Online Journalism Awards have been announced. Here’s a list of five exceptional ways data was analyzed and presented in online journalism.
— ?? Fabiola Torres (@fabiolatorres) October 9, 2017
Effective Data Visualization
Not all data visualizations are equal in their ability to communicate data effectively. Stephen Few discusses the criteria for assessing the effectiveness of data visualizations and proposes a way to graphically represent how well specific visualizations satisfy them.
— Alberto Cairo (@albertocairo) October 9, 2017
ddj: Revolution or Not?
To better understand the key components and development of the still young and fast evolving data-driven journalism genre, three journalism researchers investigate what the field itself defines as its ‘gold-standard’. Their findings challenge the widespread notion that [data-driven journalism] ‘revolutionizes’ journalism in general by replacing traditional ways of discovering and reporting news.
“Our results demonstrate, for instance, only a few consistent developments over the years [in Data Journalism]”https://t.co/ty1Lfh13wL
— chainsawriot (@chainsawriot) October 17, 2017
Website Growth 1991-2015
Using the Datawrapper tool and data compiled by InternetLiveStats.com, Jonathan Gray visualized the growth of the total number of websites online from 1991 to 2015.
— Ilja (@fubits) October 10, 2017
Scraping Data from PDFs
Hacks/Hackers Nairobi demonstrated some simple tools for journalists and researchers who want to liberate data from locked in PDFs.
— Muthoni Wanyoike (@_tabbz) October 9, 2017
According to El Pais’s data analysis, support for Catalonia’s independence is greater among the well-to-do and among those with university or postgraduate qualifications.
El vínculo entre independencia, renta y origen. ¿Los más partidarios? Rentas altas, con padres y abuelos catalanes https://t.co/vTcXW2aglY
— Kiko Llaneras (@kikollan) September 28, 2017
German Election Analysis
Berliner Morgenpost‘s interactive team prepared a script in the statistical programming environment R for their analysis of German election data. It includes the preprocessing — cleaning and structuring the raw data — and the analysis.
— Mara Averick (@dataandme) October 5, 2017