Weekend Minis – Government, Environment & Angry Employee

Posted to Data Sources  |  Nathan Yau

FedStats – Provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government, including population, eduction, crime, and health care.

MAPLight – A detailed database that brings together information on campaign contributions and votes in the California legislature. Check out the video tour.

EarthTrends – A collection of information regarding the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world.

Angry Employee Deletes All of Company’s Data – A woman about to “lose” her job goes to the office at night and deletes 7 years’ worth of data. Can we say backup, please?

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Life expectancy changes

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.

Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores

A closer look at the age old question of where there are more bars than grocery stores, and vice versa.

Think Like a Statistician – Without the Math

I call myself a statistician, because, well, I’m a statistics graduate student. However, the most important things I’ve learned are less formal, but have proven extremely useful when working/playing with data.

Real Chart Rules to Follow

There are rules—usually for specific chart types meant to be read in a specific way—that you shouldn’t break. When they are, everyone loses. This is that small handful.