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This Week’s Top 10 in Data Journalism

A chart drawn by Playfair in 1786. Photo: George Mason University Press

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from January 8 to 14 finds free font-for-numbers by @InVisionApp, a William Playfair biography book review for @WSJBookReviews and @PublicDataLab’s just-released full version of its fake news field guide.

Free Font for Numbers

The first rule for picking a good number font is to make sure it comes with lining and tabular figures. Here is a neat breakdown of the best free fonts for numbers.

Data Journalism Handbook 2.0

Translated into 12 languages, the Data Journalism Handbook has been a mainstay of the data journalism community since its first release in 2012. Here’s all you need to know about the new edition: It’s a complete revision that will complement the first edition by examining the current state of data journalism, with profiles of emerging practices and projects and a look at their broader consequences.

Playfair Book Review

“Playfair is the most famous man you have never heard of,” Bruce Berkowitz declares of the subject of his biography. William Playfair was a spy, speculator, inventor, pamphleteer—and pioneer of the pie chart. Richard Davenport-Hines reviews the ‘Playfair’ book for the Wall Street Journal.

Fake News Field Guide

Now out: The full version of “A Field Guide to ‘Fake News’ and other Information Disorders,” by the Public Data Lab. It contains methods and recipes for tracing trolling practices, the modes of circulation of viral news and memes online, and the commercial underpinnings of this content.

Environmental Data

Seven experts share with the Global Editors Network their top nine places to find environmental data, including the Planet OS Datahub, Aqueduct, and FAOSTAT.

DataViz Catalogue

The Data Visualisation Catalogue developed by Severino Ribecca is a library of different information visualisation types. It is now available in Turkish, in addition to Chinese, Spanish, and Russian.

Data Journalism Blog

This blog gathers the data journalism work of students from the Institute of Political Science at the University of Zurich.

Quartz’s Atlas for Africa

Over the last year, Quartz Africa has trained hundreds of journalists in half a dozen countries on how to use its free chartbuilder Atlas, with the support of a Code for Africa grant. Blaise Aboh from Nigeria, one of its enthusiastic users, is Quartz’s Atlas for Africa competition winner.

NODA Awards

The Nordic Data Journalism Conference Awards honours outstanding work in the field of data journalism in the Nordic countries, including a category for investigative data journalism. Submission deadline is Feb. 2, 2018.

French Sailing Statistics

In France, 82,598 people practice sailing with a sports license, of whom 75.76% are men and 24.24% are women. Find everything you want to know about sailing competition in France here.

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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