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This Week’s Top 10 in Data Journalism

Screenshot from Vox

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from January 15 to 21 finds an interactive @voxdotcom piece on US school districts which are reducing or perpetuating racial segregation, several data-related good book recommendations by @stephencredmond and @Gapminder, a Digitizing Istanbul project by @DagmedyaVeri, and a podcast discussion of memorable visualizations between @michelle_borkin and @datastories.

Gerrymandering the US School System

Vox’s report shows that racial segregation remains in US schools, more than 60 years after the Supreme Court declared school segregation unconstitutional. Groups with political clout — mainly wealthier, whiter communities — have pushed policies that help white families live in heavily white areas and attend heavily white schools.

Mapping Right-Wingers

Rechtes Land is an atlas about right-wing structures and activities in Germany. Places of neo-Nazis and other extreme right-wingers, their associations, their murders, their raids and parades are mapped here.

Digitizing Istanbul

Istanbul Urban Database, created by Nil Tuzcu, is an ongoing digital humanities project, digitizing and visualizing the historic urban archives of Istanbul.

48 Online Tech Development Courses

Reinforce Lab’s CEO Jamil Ahmed put together this list of 48 development courses online, which covers web development, Python, Javascript, MySQL and more.

Read Me: DataViz Books

Data professional Stephen Redmond recommends four books for his students at the National College of Ireland: Visualization Analysis & Design by Tamara Munzner, Data Visualisation (A Handbook for Data Driven Design) by Andy Kirk, The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo, and Information Visualization by Colin Ware.

Emergency Services

How fast can you expect an ambulance in an emergency in Baden-Baden, Germany? breaks it down in this piece.

10 Reasons We’re Wrong About the World

You can now pre-order the book Factfulness (Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think) by the late Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund.

Dissecting Dumb Data

Noah Yonack, a senior at Harvard University, picks several examples of statistics from supposedly reliable sources and dissects why they are misleading.

Make It Memorable: Remember the Dinosaur

Data Stories Podcast speaks to Michelle Borkin, assistant professor at Northeastern University. She talks about how the data viz community can better support the work of scientists, her popular research on data visualization memorability and, of course, the infamous data viz dinosaur.

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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