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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...

Data visualisation and Art

Data is often seen to be as far removed from art as can be. A way of obtaining facts, information and statistics, it is technological rather than personal and beautiful. Or is it? Many designers and artists have straddled the line between art and information and used infographics and visualisations to create something that...

Simple infographic and visualisation tools

We’re all acquainted with the perks and limitations of using Google Fusion, Tableau, Many Eyes and Open Street Map but I was wondering what other visualisation and infographic tools are readily accessible and available for wannabe data journalists. And more specifically, wannabe data journalists with no graphic design experience (like me).

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Data News

How crowdsourcing is changing science

THE BOSTON GLOBE – By Gareth Cook At the end of the 19th century, a team of British archeologists happened upon what is now one of the world’s most treasured trash dumps. The site, situated west of the main course of the Nile, about five days journey south of Memphis, lay near the city of Oxyrhynchus. Garbage mounds are always a sweet target for those interested in the past, but what made the Oxyrhynchus dump special was its exceptional dryness. The water table lay deep; it never rained. And this meant that the 2,000-year-old papyrus in the mounds, and the text inscribed on it, were remarkably well preserved. Eventually some...

America’s poorest poor: the best and worst cities

  THE GUARDIAN’S DATA BLOG – By Simon Rogers New research shows big increases in the number of the super poor across America. Ian Taylor at Flying Binary has used Tableau to create the interactive below. Explore the data for the 100 biggest metropolitan areas • Get the data and find out more about it  

Thoughts from the Global Investigative Journalism Conference

  OPEN SPENDING.ORG –  by Lucy Chambers This post is by Lucy Chambers, community coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation, and Friedrich Lindenberg, Developer on OpenSpending. They recently attended the Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2011 in Kyiv, Ukraine, and in this post, bring home their thoughts on journalist-programmer collaboration… The conference The Global Investigative Journalism Conference must be one of the most intense yet rewarding experiences either of us have attended since joining the OKF. With topics ranging from human trafficking to offshore companies, the meeting highlighted the importance of long-term, investigative reporting in great clarity. With around 500 participants from all over the globe with plenty of experience in evidence gathering, we...

Data Journalism – a new career

  Monastic Musings Too – By Sister Edith I had never heard of Data Journalism until a few weeks ago. I’m still not entirely sure I understand what it means – but there are seemingly job openings for Data Journalists.  Plenty of them. What makes a person a data journalist? The ability to deal with data.  At first I thought this must be pretty simple: take a statistics class, learn the basics of data interpretation.  Want to know more? Take more statistics classes.  That was a social scientist‘s point of view – and it’s not true for data journalism. Statistics vs Data Journalism A data journalist definitely needs to know basic statistics. ...

A Case for Open Data in Transit [VIDEO]

  STREET FILMS – by Elizabeth Press Ever find yourself waiting for the next bus, not knowing when it will arrive? Think it would be great if you could check a subway countdown clock from the sidewalk? Or get arrival times on your phone? Giving transit riders better information can make riding the bus or the train more convenient and appealing. And transit agencies are finding that the easiest and least expensive way to do it is by opening data about routes, schedules, and real-time locations to software developers, instead of guarding it like a proprietary secret.  

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