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6 Ways Data Journalism is Making Sense of the World

6 Ways Data Journalism is Making Sense of the World | visual data | Scoop.it

When I wrote that Radar was investigating data journalism and asked for your favorite examples of good work, we heard back from around the world.

I received emails from Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Canada and Italy that featured data visualization, explored the role of data in government accountability, and shared how open data can revolutionize environmental reporting...


It was instructive to learn more about the work of two large media organizations, the Los Angeles Times and Canada’s Global News, which have been building their capacity to practice data journalism. The other international perspectives in my inbox and tweet stream, however, were a reminder that big-city newsrooms that can afford teams of programmers and designers aren’t the only players here.acts of data journalism by small teams or individuals aren’t just plausible, they’re happening — from Italy to Brazil to Africa.


That doesn’t mean that the news application teams at NPR, The Guardian, ProPublica or the New York Times aren’t setting the pace for data journalism when it comes to cutting edge work — far from it — but the tools and techniques to make something worthwhile are being democratized.

That’s possible in no small part because of the trend toward open source tools and social coding I’m seeing online, from Open Street Map to more open elections...

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An interesting overall look at the state of data journalism on varying scales, as explored through the examination of case studies, resources and applications.

Of particular interest is the role of open data in generating content, and how that may affect the future of data visualization.

Still, the numerous online links provided within the article offer a substantial number of references on a broad range of topics that pertain to data journalism and visualization.

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Lise Benkemoun's curator insight, October 28, 5:30 AM

en France aussi ça bouge ! 

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What Is Visualization?

What Is Visualization? | visual data | Scoop.it

This seems like a straightforward question, but it’s proven to be a difficult one to answer. Even visualization researchers don’t have a clear definition.


Is it synonymous with information graphics? Does visualization have to be computer generated? Does data have to be involved, or can it be abstract? The answers vary depending on who you ask.


Visualization is a medium. It’s not just an analysis tool nor just a way to prove a point more clearly through data.


Visualization is like books. There are different writing styles and categories, there are textbooks and there are novels, and they communicate ideas in different ways for varied purposes. And just like authors who use words to communicate, there are rules that you should always follow and others that are guidelines that you can bend and break...

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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, September 12, 2013 6:50 AM

"Visualization is like books. There are different writing styles and categories, there are textbooks and there are novels, and they communicate ideas in different ways for varied purposes. "

Patrice Mitrano's curator insight, January 30, 5:16 AM

De très nombreux exemples d'infographies, malheureusement pas toujours aboutis. A croiser avec d'autres infographies ou représentations sur des sujets identiques ou bien à rapprocher des données sources.

Sang Lee's curator insight, June 17, 9:57 PM

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Keiichi Matsuda: Augmented Hyper-Reality

Keiichi Matsuda: Augmented Hyper-Reality | visual data | Scoop.it

Watch the designer’s films that depict a future in which a virtual layer of data is a continual presence in our lives 

For our latest issue we met designer and filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda, who creates films that depict a future in which our everyday lives are densely stuffed with information via a digital overlay, in an effort to spark debates about how technology can and should shape our world.

Now, everyone has a camera in their phone, and can produce and distribute their own content,” he says. “I was thinking about how that could be applied to architecture, to the creation of space. What if an ordinary person could not only customise their own house, but their own street?"

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New York's 2018 Skyline Revealed in New Visualizations

New York's 2018 Skyline Revealed in New Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it

These new renderings show what New York's skyline will look like in 2018, when many of the city's new tall skyscrapers will be complete.

The images were created by visualisation studio CityRealty to show how Jean Nouvel's proposed 320-metre skyscraper at 53 West 53rd Street – now under construction – will sit amongst the numerous other towers underway along the south-west of Central Park. The images also show 432 Park Avenue by Rafael Viñoly, which will soon become New York's tallest residential tower, as well as Fosters' new tower for 610 Lexington Avenuethe recently completed One World Trade Center by SOM and the first of the 16 towers proposed at Hudsons Yards.

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How to Tell a Powerful Story with Data Visualization

How to Tell a Powerful Story with Data Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it

In the age of Big Data, folks are often overwhelmed by the volume of data sources, charts, and graphs thrown at them every day. Enter data visualization – the ability to condense, analyze, and share data that makes an impact. Throughout history, data visualization has been used to document everything from health crises to the effect of colors on mood.

But what exactly does data visualization do and how can you leverage it to grow your business? Are data visualization and infographics the same thing? Read on to learn more, plus discover some fascinating examples.

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Chris Biddy's curator insight, October 28, 4:30 PM

Very insightful look at the what, how and so what of data visualization. Another example of how a good visualization makes data digestible!

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Microsoft's RoomAlive turns rooms into augmented interactive displays

Microsoft's RoomAlive turns rooms into augmented interactive displays | visual data | Scoop.it

Microsoft Research has combined projection mapping with motion sensors create RoomAlive, which turns enclosed spaces into immersive augmented experiences.

The "proof-of-concept prototype" for RoomAlive uses a series of projectors and depth cameras to overlay existing surfaces with images turns the entire room into a giant interactive screen...

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Flight Videos Deconstructed: The Patterns Wings Trace in Flight

Flight Videos Deconstructed: The Patterns Wings Trace in Flight | visual data | Scoop.it

Although many animals take flight, they don’t do it in exactly the same way. That’s what Eleanor Lutz’ exceptional animated infographic shows us. She’s taken the flight patterns of 5 different species – egyptian fruit bat, dragonfly, Canada goose, hawk moth and hummingbird – and used Youtube videos to give us a look at how their wings move.


“I found slow-motion videos of five flying species, and mapped out specific points on the wings during one wingbeat. I ended up with 15 frames per wingbeat, and I connected every frame using imaginary curves that went through all of the 15 mapped points.”


Lutz is the first to point out that this isn’t a scientific exercise that draws firm conclusions – it’s more a beautifully artistic pursuit. You’ll definitely want to take a closer look on her blog, and at the other fascinating scientific animations.

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Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.'s curator insight, October 1, 10:16 PM

This is just plain cool!!!!

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Nicholas Felton Had 95,000 Conversations Last Year And Mapped Each One

Nicholas Felton Had 95,000 Conversations Last Year And Mapped Each One | visual data | Scoop.it
Life quantification pioneer Nicholas Felton's latest annual report is his most ambitious to date.

For the last nine years, Nicholas Felton--who you may know best for inspiring the Facebook timeline or creating the life-logging app Reporter--has been recording some aspect of almost every moment of his life. And each year, he turns this data into a elegant, printed book that visualizes the year called The Feltron Report...

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, September 26, 5:29 PM

The Felton report is a beautiful peeping hole into someone's life when they start to quantify themselves. Focussed on fairly benign problem space - conversations during the year - it shows what possibilities, both good and bad, lie within the quantified-self movement which is bound to explode with the availability of Apple watch and others alike.


Of course it brings tremendous opportunities for monitoring someone's life in order to improve it. Whether it is by measuring exercice (as we do today with step trackers) or heart rate or glucose levels in order to improve health or medical diagnosis. In the context of business, organizations can monitor employees in order to minimize injuries or prevent illness and time loss due to sickness.


There is of course the dark side, where all this data, when made available without our consent or knowledge, can be used to track us and restrict our privacy or our rights. This is already happening in the contexte of government surveillance (ie. Edward Snowden http://sco.lt/5k4B29) or internet browsing tracking (ie. data brokers http://sco.lt/79yNZh)

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19 Maps That Reorganize the Way We See the World

19 Maps That Reorganize the Way We See the World | visual data | Scoop.it

Most maps focus on demographics, geological makeup, and natural phenomena such as temperature and wind. No one focuses on other matters though, such as the alphabetic makeup of states when you sort their names in various ways. Break the names apart and put them back together. Examine the parts to gain a vision of the whole.

Find more maps, information and takeaways at the article.

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Vincent Lahondère's curator insight, August 14, 10:31 AM

De curieuses cartes !!

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Graphing New Yorkers' Lives Through the Open Data Portal

Graphing New Yorkers' Lives Through the Open Data Portal | visual data | Scoop.it
The I Quant NY blog mines NYC's massive data clearinghouse to visualize issues facing city dwellers, from education to eating.

Ben Wellington is the man behind I Quant NY, a blog dedicated to telling the stories hidden in New York City’s Open Data Portal, a clearinghouse of more than 1,300 data sets from city agencies. Started by the city government in 2011, the open data initiative’s goal is to facilitate government transparency and increase civic engagement.

The blog itself comes out of a stats course Wellington teaches at Pratt Institute’s graduate program for city and regional planning, where he uses these data sets in coursework. Covering everything from gender divides in Citi Bike usage to finding the farthest point away from a Starbucks in Manhattan, Wellington’s larger mission is to get people thinking critically about the numbers that, if analyzed right, can be the key to understanding New York City.

He spoke to CityLab about his blog, his hope for the open data movement, and some of his favorite data sets.

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Before and After: Mapping LA 100 Years Ago and Today

Before and After: Mapping LA 100 Years Ago and Today | visual data | Scoop.it

'Any map-lovers looking to lose track of time for a few hours should say hello to the newly-arrived USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer, which allows users access to a treasure trove of maps of cities across the nation and lets users load multiple maps and toggle the transparency of each, so you can see the old map overlaid on the map of today. Go back to the turn-of-the-century maps of Los Angeles to find the old ranchos, or to the '40s and '50s to see old Pacific Electric lines. Compare pre- and post-Dodger Stadium maps of Elysian Park; see cartographic evidence of the lake at Westlake Park before it was split in half by Wilshire Boulevard, or of Los Feliz spelled Los Felis. It's all here, for the casual, time-sucking perusal of the public. We've collected a few of our favorite greater Los Angeles details into a handful of colorful before-and-afters below. We'll look closer at specific neighborhoods in the coming days...'

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Mapping the Surface Area of Other Solid Surfaces in Our Solar System

Mapping the Surface Area of Other Solid Surfaces in Our Solar System | visual data | Scoop.it

You’re probably familiar with visualizations comparing the relative size of the planets, but this visualization is different.


xkcd has created a map-like look at the solid surfaces of the Solar System, stitched together like countries on a single continent. The graphic includes planets, moons, asteroids and dwarf planets, but leaves out dust, small rocks and large gaseous planets like Jupiter and Saturn. It’s a revealing look at the size of our neighbors...

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Get Lost in Endlessly Repeating GIFs Based on Mesmerizing Math

There’s mesmerizing art hidden in math and physics, and Dublin-based physics student David Whyte is revealing it for us. His Tumblr site Bees & Bombs is chock full of creations that will delight you with their cleverly looping geometry in motion.

Whyte started his blog to create quirky GIFs he’d created himself – but when he started experimenting with Processing (an open source programing language created with the purpose of teaching the fundamentals of computer programming in a visual context), that’s when his creations really started to dance.


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What Does Your Life Look Like in Weeks?

What Does Your Life Look Like in Weeks? | visual data | Scoop.it

We all know our life has a limited number of years, and if we’re optimistic that might be 90. You’d think with such a small number like 90 we’d be more willing to make the most of each year, but most of us are pretty short sighted, letting each small day pass without any more motivation than getting to those two glorious days we call the weekend. Maybe there’s a better way to visualize this…

Tim Urban over at the hilariously thought provoking Wait But Why is helping us see our life broken down into its segments of time. Where does your life fit in?


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Abstracted Landscapes: 5 Photographers Creating Spectacular Images of the World From Above

Abstracted Landscapes: 5 Photographers Creating Spectacular Images of the World From Above | visual data | Scoop.it

Sometimes the best photographs come from simply looking at the world from a different perspective. The five photographers featured have all taken this sentiment to daring heights, abstracting landscapes via a bird's-eye view. 

From Miks Mihails Ignats' portraits that obscure perception to Vladimir Melnikov'sunlikely view of a wildfire devouring the land, and from Mariusz Szczygiel's and B Brown's graphic displays of industry from above to BMJ's vision of an ocean in which boats look like bathtub toys, each of these photographers brings a unique eye to aerial photography...

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Data Visualization 101: Bar Charts

Data Visualization 101: Bar Charts | visual data | Scoop.it

'In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Bar charts are a highly versatile way to visually communicate data. Decidedly straightforward, they can convey the message behind the numbers with impact and meaningful clarity, making complex data easy to understand at a glance.'

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Data Visualization 101: Pie Charts

Data Visualization 101: Pie Charts | visual data | Scoop.it

In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Pie charts are one of the oldest and most popular ways to visualize data. This classic chart is the perfect example of the power of data visualization: a simple, easy-to-understand presentation that helps readers instantly identify the parts of a whole. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about the pie chart...

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The Best Infographics of the Year: Nate Silver on the 3 Keys to Great Information Design

The Best Infographics of the Year: Nate Silver on the 3 Keys to Great Information Design | visual data | Scoop.it

The second installment of The Best American Infographics 2014 (public library) has an introduction by master-statistician Nate Silver and fifty-eight examples of stellar information design shedding light on such diverse topics as the history of space exploration, the sleep habits of famous writers, the geography of where gay people stay in the closet, the comparative shapes and sizes of major baseball parks, and the social network of jazz musicians in the 1920s. 

Silver, the author of The Signal and the Noise, considers the two factors that make an infographic compelling — providing a window into its creator’s mind and telling a story that “couldn’t be told in any other way.

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A 100-year Old Debate: Science or Art in Data Visualization?

A 100-year Old Debate: Science or Art in Data Visualization? | visual data | Scoop.it

When did people first start writing about effective ways of visualizing data?

Your answer might go back to the 1980s (Edward Tufte, perhaps) or even further back into the 1960s (Jacques Bertin, maybe). Few people would go back so far as 100 years ago. That’s right: one hundred years ago...

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Schematic of Structures: Charting History's Most Significant Works of Architecture

Schematic of Structures: Charting History's Most Significant Works of Architecture | visual data | Scoop.it

Yet another creation has rolled off the powerhouse infographics assembly line over at Pop Chart Lab, and this time, the indefatigable taxonomizers of alcohols and famous quotes have turned their attention to works of architecture.

The Schematic of Structures organizes what the designers describe as "90 eminent edifices erected and perfected throughout history." Arranged by height, the infographic lines up some of the greatest works envisioned and built by man since prehistory, from the Neolithic Cairn of Barnenez and the Parthenon to more modern creations like London's Gherkin and the Burj Khalifa.

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Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute Map How Our Brains Navigate the City

Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute Map How Our Brains Navigate the City | visual data | Scoop.it
The GSAPP’s Cloud Lab teams up with neurologists and the design institute to track how urban environments can make people relaxed or tense.

This spring, the Cloud Lab at Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute tackled the challenge of assessing and mapping how people respond to their environment as a part of Van Alen’s Elsewhere series on wellness in the city.

Instead of the typical focus groups, however, the researchers tracked brainwaves to gauge the mental activities of nearly 100 volunteers; using electroencephalography-based (EEG) measurements and the GPS tracking app, the research team collected more than 1 gigabyte of data over 200 walking sessions that, in theory, create a snapshot of a day-in-the-life of the neighborhood’s mental states. 

Presenting the data in a manner that retained its spatial qualities required the researchers to develop their own software for visualization. At a public follow-up presentation in May, the team presented the simplified data on a 3D map of DUMBO. Areas in cyan indicate places in which participants were in a more meditative and relaxed state, while areas in red indicate places where participants had a more focused or heightened sense of awareness...

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"Architects and planners could employ the technology during post-occupancy walkthroughs or preliminary design presentations."

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The YouTube Of Data Visualization Is Here

The YouTube Of Data Visualization Is Here | visual data | Scoop.it
A new site called Dadaviz aims to make quality visualizations just as social and discoverable on the web as video or music.

Where do you go on the web if you want to see great data visualizations? With a few exceptions, like Reddit's Data Is Beautiful subforum, there is no one-stop destination for quality data viz on the web.

But Dadaviz aims to change all of that. Aiming to be a portal for the best visualization content on the web, it also want to teach big advertisers to harness the power of data to sell their brands...

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Google adds London to its growing list of 3D-mapped cities

Google adds London to its growing list of 3D-mapped cities | visual data | Scoop.it

Google Maps has now added London to an impressive roster of 3D-mapped cities that also includes Paris, Rome, New York and Los Angeles. By piecing together 45-degree aerial imagery, the Google mapping team has been able to recreate entire cities.

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Daily Overview: Captivating Satellite Images of Earth

Daily Overview: Captivating Satellite Images of Earth | visual data | Scoop.it
If you like spending hours on Google Maps looking at the Earth from space, then you’re going to fall in love with a new website called The Daily Overview – an online initiative featuring breathtaking satellite images of our cities and the impact human activity has on our planet.
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This App Maps the Unseen Skyline of NYC

While New York City's real estate market continues to enjoy an upward post-recession swing, the process behind rapidly rising buildings leaves many citizens a bit out of the loop. “Too often, these decisions happen behind closed doors and most residents only hear about them once the deal is done," said Margaret Newman, executive director of The Municipal Art Society.


In response to this problem, the Municipal Art Society has released a set of online maps that illustrate where possible development could occur in Gotham. The maps, called "Accidental Skyline," allow citizens to track land that has available development rights and see how it could impact their neighborhood. They are part of a broader project by MAS to work with the city to make regulatory changes that will better protect iconic public spaces.

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Picture of the Day: The First Image of Earth from Another Planet

Picture of the Day: The First Image of Earth from Another Planet | visual data | Scoop.it

This is the first image ever taken of Earth from the surface of a planet beyond the Moon. It was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit one hour before sunrise on the 63rd Martian day, or sol, of its mission. (March 8, 2004)

The image is a mosaic of images taken by the rover’s navigation camera showing a broad view of the sky, and an image taken by the rover’s panoramic camera of Earth. The contrast in the panoramic camera image was increased two times to make Earth easier to see. The inset shows a combination of four panoramic camera images zoomed in on Earth. The arrow points to Earth. Earth was too faint to be detected in images taken with the panoramic camera’s color filters.

The image is reminiscent of the famous pale blue dot capture by Voyager 1. If you have never heard Carl Sagan’s famous ‘Pale Blue Dot’ speech, check it out here.

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Typography 101: Everything a Beginner Should Know

Typography 101: Everything a Beginner Should Know | visual data | Scoop.it

Typography is both an art and a technique. Once created through printed materials, typography is all about arranging type in a way that enables learning and recognition.

However, typography is more than just the design of the letters and characters -- it also involves careful arrangement and selection of point size, line length, and spacing both on a single line and throughout an entire page. If you know the basics of typography, you will be able to lay out an arrangement of headers, paragraphs, etc. in an attractive and convincing way.

Typography is absolutely everywhere -- just look at your phone, a billboard, your coffee cup, or even the different styles used in this blog post. Once you’re conscious about the fact that typography is used all around you, you’ll start to recognize the differences between typefaces and why they might’ve been selected...

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