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Semantic Web and what it means for data journalism

I’ve found myself increasingly interested by the semantic web in recent months, particularly in how it could be applied to data journalism. While the concept is still somewhat in its infancy, the potential it holds to quickly find data — and abstract it into a format usable by visualizations — is something that all...

“I’m still waiting” – border control queues

You can’t failed to have encountered the brouhaha about protracted and maddening border control queues at UK airports. As we edge closer and closer to the Olympics, and an influx of tourists, the issue has been gathering pace.

Data Visualisation vs. Text

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/may/03/uk-beaches-rank-map-listed Simon Rogers has mapped data which ranked 754 beaches around Great Britain for the Guardian Data Store. The visualisation uses a satellite map of the UK, onto which Simon has marked every beach in its correct geographical location. The dots are colour coded to clearly denote the ranking the beach received from the...

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75+ Tools for Visualizing your Data, CSS, Flash, jQuery, PHP

Editor’s note: Back in 2009, Tripwire magazine published this comprehensive article about data visualisation tools. Although technology has come a long way since then, most of their tips are still relevant so we thought you’d like to take a pick. You’ll find some old school know-how to bring your data to life. Enjoy! TRIPWIRE MAGAZINE – By LARS Most people would agree that the old adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” is also true for web based solutions. There should be no discussion – Charts and Graphs are ideal to visualize data in order to quickly deliver an overview and communicate key messages. Whatever type of data presentation...

How journalists can use Backbone to create data-driven projects

POYNTER – By Erik Hinton Single page apps are great solutions for data journalism. By offloading the complexity from backends and servers, journalists can build rich programs and graphics out of just Javascript, HTML and CSS. In fact, these “backends” can shrink to a vanishing point. We can use Twitter in place of a database. Or we can get even simpler and store (static) data in JS/JSON/XML files. We can make news apps without having to touch a server or write any Ruby, Python or PHP. This is important. It allows data journalists to focus on developing their stories instead of configuring servers. The time and effort to launch an interactive application is...

15 Well Designed Twitter Infographics

  FLASHUSER Infographics are probably the best way to show different statistics ( social media, internet marketing, online advertising etc. ) in a pleasant and enjoyable form. The infographic, in most cases, communicates complex datas in a simple and understandable fashion. With a few words and lot of stylish, fun images a well designed infographic for sure will remain for a long period of time in your memory. Because I enjoyed much of using Twitter, I assembled some of the best infographics around this social media network. Some of them are funny, while others can help you in your Twitter bussiness process. Sit back in your comfortable chair and enjoy this colorful...

99% v 1%: the data behind the Occupy movement – animation

  THE GUARDIAN’S DATABLOG – By Mariana Santos and Simon Rogers It has been the rallying cry of the Occupy movement for the past two months – but is the US really split 99% v 1%? As poverty and inequality reach record levels, how much richer have the rich got? This animation explains what the key data says about the state of America today • Explore the data behind this animation and read the script   Click on the picture below to watch the video on The Guardian’s website:    

Are You Addicted to Your Mobile Phone [Infographic]

  INFOGRAPHICS SHOWCASE  This UK-based infographic asks if you are addicted to your mobile phone.  They say that 83% of people own mobile phones, and I am thinking they are talking about the population of the UK, because no way for the whole world, you know?  Of that 83%, 35% own smartphones.  Of the people who own cell phones, about half of them admit to be addicted to their devices.  Scary.    

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