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This Week’s Top 10 in Data Journalism

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from January 22 to 28 finds a gorgeous data visualisation of German streets by @zeitonline, a detailed data analysis of Roger Federer’s tennis career by @srfdata and a look at eight alternatives in redistricting US voting boundaries by @FiveThirtyEight.

Street Names Unlocked

What’s in a street name? Romans, emperors, socialists? In this gorgeous data visualization, Zeit Online discovers the historical background and geographic patterns behind 450,000 street names in Germany.

Roger Federer’s Career Analyzed

One motto of Roger Federer that is often quoted goes: “Play with respect. Win with grace.” SRF Data has a detailed data analysis of his 20-year-long tennis career, showing his steady rise to the top to his decline, and later comeback.


A team at FiveThirtyEight built interactive maps for every congressional district in the US to show eight different redistricting scenarios which could radically alter the partisan and racial make up of the House of Representatives.

365 Days of Trump

What did Donald Trump achieve in his first year as President? How many times did he make false statements? How did the economy develop? How much time did he spend on the golf course?

Sports Data Journalism

What’s the difference between a sports data journalism project and any other data project? Where do you find data and analytics on this topic? Marianne Bouchart speaks to four experts — Steve Doig, Paula Lavigne, Nassos Stylianou and Malcolm Coles — to find out.

Offshore Leaks Database Tutorials

ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks Database, with data on more than 680,000 entities and 600,000 directors and shareholders, is a starting point for investigating activities offshore. ICIJ has written three tutorials on how to search and maximize the use of its database.

Measuring Open Data

Robert Palmer lists several tools for assessing how well national governments are sharing open data, including the Open Data Barometer, Global Open Data Index and OECD OURdata Index.

Downloadable German Election Data

For the first time, the results of the Germany’s federal election by electoral districts will be available as a free download on the website of the Federal Returning Officer. All data are provided in CSV format.

Mapping Digital Currencies

Mustapha Mekhatria’s mapping project shows the countries in which digital currencies are allowed, prohibited or officially acknowledged.

Data Dialogue

Data Intersections is an experimental (and free!) one-day event in Miami, where six people from journalism, data science, artificial intelligence and the digital humanities chat about data’s influence and their thoughts about the promises or challenges data poses. Find out more in Alberto Cairo’s blogpost 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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