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Changing World Cup fans

Shan Carter and Kevin Quealy for the Upshot have a look at sports fandom once again using Facebook usage as a proxy. This time they examined shifting fan support during…

Mosquitos: The deadliest animal

This graphic from the Gates Foundation is from a few months ago, but it was just National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. The small illustrations in this case make the graphic.…

FoamTree: Visualize hierarchical data with a lot of groups

For small-ish amounts of hierarchical data, most JavaScript libraries can handle the load. However, it gets tricky when you get into hundreds and thousands of levels and groups. FoamTree is…

xkcd: Dominant players in chess and basketball

I'm pretty sure xkcd is the only one who gets away with showing player ratings for both basketball and chess players in the same frame, without the y-axis labels. And…

Birth year and political leanings

A statistical model, from Yair Ghitza of Catalist and Andrew Gelman of Columbia University, estimates when people form their political preferences. The analysis uses presidential approval ratings from Gallup to…

Whaling in Japan explained

After a ruling by the United Nations International Court of Justice, Japan was ordered to stop whaling in parts of Antarctica. However, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently sees the…

Test your geographic knowledge in Google map game

Smarty Pins is a simple, fun map game by Google. You get a trivia clue about some location, and the goal is to drop the pin as close as you…

Data trails explainer

We produce data all the time, everywhere we go, and this process implies something about how we live. Jer Thorp explains in this short explainer video animated by Erica Gorochow.…

Filing cabinet follows people around, like a data trail

Jaap de Maat, a graduate student at the Royal College of Art, rigged a filing cabinet to follow people around for his final project. It reminds people of the data…

Data Cuisine uses food as the medium

Ditch the computer screen for your data. It's all about the food. Moritz Stefaner and prozessagenten, process by art and design ran a second round of the Data Cuisine workshop…

NSA programs with goofy names

Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson for ProPublica made a chart of NSA programs revealed in the past year. Programs were plotted subjectively from foreign to domestic surveillance on the horizontal…

Bass Shapes visualizes sound in hand-drawn style

Media artist Nick Hardeman's audio visualization app Bass Shapes was rejected by the Mac App Store because "it's not useful." So Hardeman released the software as a free OS X…

Visualizing algorithms

Mike Bostock, who you might recognize from such things as Data-Driven Documents or the New York Times, writes on the value of visualizing algorithms for entertaining, teaching, learning, and debugging.…

Super MIDI

Watch the notes rain down on those piano keys. Made with MIDItrail, a MIDI player with a 3-d visualization component. The program (and this video) has been around for a…

Real-time lightning map

Blitzortung is a community of volunteers who install inexpensive lightning sensors and transmit their data to a central server. In return, those who run the sensors have access to the…

Detailed UK census data browser

DataShine Census provides a detailed view into United Kingdom 2011 census data. Population, housing, income, commute, and other variables are available. The DataShine mapping platform is an output from an…

New York City taxi trips mapped

While we're on the topic of NYC taxi data, Eric Fischer for Mapbox mapped all 187 million trips. Each observation contains the start and end location of a trip, so…

Drone crash database

Based on data compiled from a combination of military records, Defense Department records, and drone manufacturers, Emily Chow, Alberto Cuadra and Craig Whitlock for the Washington Post provide a quick…

Clubs that connect World Cup national teams

Gregor Aisch for the New York Times explored how the soccer clubs that play all year connect the national teams in this year's World Cup. The best national teams come…

Watch the U.S. population center shift west

According to the U.S. census, the mean center of the population shifted west every decade since 1790. They show the change in a simple animation. The mean center of population,…

Percentage of degrees conferred to men, by major

Based on estimates from the National Center for Education Statistics, Randy Olson plotted the percentage of bachelor degrees conferred to men in the United States, by major. Start your eyes…

Employment-to-population ratios

The Upshot posted an interesting chart that shows changing employment rate by state. It shows that the economy is improving. Employment rates have climbed above the post-recession nadir in every…

OpenGeofiction, the creation of an imaginary and realistic world

Sharing the same collaborative principles as OpenStreetMap, a wiki-based map for the real world, OpenGeofiction is an experiment in mapping an imaginary world. Opengeofiction is a collaborative platform for the…

What separates here from there

New Scientist quickly covers three theories of space and time in an informational video.…

A visual analysis of the Boston subway system

For a graduate project, Michael Barry and Brian Card explored the Boston subway system through a set of annotated interactives that show train routes, usage, and scheduling. Through publicly available…

Mercator projection with pole shifted to where you live

Drew Roos made a thing that lets you move the poles of the Mercator projection to anywhere in the world. As you probably know, map projections all have their pros…

Jobs recovery and loss, by industry

Jeremy Ashkenas and Alicia Parlapiano for The Upshot just plopped this interactive sucker on to the web. Each line shows change in job count for an industry. Horizontally, they're organized…

NFL players getting bigger

Football players are getting bigger. Noah Veltman, a developer for the WNYC Data News team, shows by how much through an animated heatmap. Scrub the slider back and forth quickly…

Using open data to find the perfect home

Justin Palmer and his family have lived in a dense urban area of Portland, Oregon for the past seven years, but now they're in the market for somewhere more spacious.…

A decade of college degrees

North by Northwestern looked closer at degrees awarded by their university over the past decade. Simply enter a degree to see the trend. As the makers note, the number of…