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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 February 26 to March 4 finds @morgenpost setting Germany’s poll data to music, @A_agadjanian showing Google Trends data on people’s interest in gun control after deadly shootings in the US, and @puntofisso rounding up an interesting list of #ddj and #opendata newsletters.

Data Sonification

Berliner Morgenpost had the ingenious idea of setting the German Social Democratic Party’s 20 years of opinion poll numbers to music. Listen for the descending arpeggio.

Gun Control

Alexander Agadjanian looks at Google Trends data on searches for “gun control” in the US and found that attention usually evaporates a week after a deadly mass shooting, though Sandy Hook, San Bernardino and Stoneman Douglas are exceptions.

Data Newsletters Roundup

Technologist Giuseppe Sollazzo rounds up a list of #ddj and #opendata newsletters, including Peter Yeung’s 1801, Rachel Schallom’s Best in Digital Storytelling and Jeremy Singer-Vine’s Data is Plural.

Visualization Literacy

Mikhail Popov, a data analyst at the Wikimedia Foundation, led a workshop on visualization literacy recently. A short guide from that workshop is now available online.

Open Data Handbook — Turkish!

Open Knowledge International’s Open Data Handbook has been translated into Turkish. The guide discusses the why, what and how of open data — why to go open, what open is, and a how-to open data.

Europe’s Data Help Desk

Working on a story about European Affairs?  Need assistance on gathering data and the best way to visualize them? Just ask EdjNet.

Underrepresented in German Parliament

Süddeutsche Zeitung analyzed the composition of Germany’s parliament and found several population groups underrepresented. Not only are there too few women and not enough migrants in the Bundestag, but there are also too few rural residents, too few people with a high school diploma and too few with a disability.

Online Data Course

Registration is open for the fourth edition of Abraji’s Online Course on Data Journalism with SQL (in Portuguese). By the end of the course, participants should be able to analyze databases released by government agencies.

Google News Lab Fellowship

The Google News Lab Fellowship offers students interested in journalism and technology the opportunity to spend the summer working at relevant organizations to gain valuable experience and make lifelong contacts. Applications are still open for the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and Ireland.

Pardons in Spain

Fundación Civio’s El indultómetro project visualizes all the pardons granted in Spain since 1996. Find out how many pardons are granted each year and for which crimes.

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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