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This Week’s Top Ten in Data Journalism

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.

Fake Followers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Website Growth 1991-2015

Using the Datawrapper tool and data compiled by, Jonathan Gray visualized the growth of the total number of websites online from 1991 to 2015.

Scraping Data from PDFs

Hacks/Hackers Nairobi demonstrated some simple tools for journalists and researchers who want to liberate data from locked in PDFs.

Catalonian Independence

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.

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.

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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