• Why Census matters to you

    August 4, 2011  |  Infographics

    Net person growth

    Census is any country is important in making major policy decisions and can affect your day-to-day, but it's not always obvious how. Leading up to the August 9 Australia Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics put together an interactive called Spotlight, which helps its citizens understand the data a little better.
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  • All the countries that the US owes money to

    July 22, 2011  |  Statistical Visualization

    National debt

    In May 2011, the United States owned $14.3 trillion in debt. A lot of that is money is owed to other countries. Heather Billings and Todd Lindeman of The Washington Post break foreign debt down by continent and then by country.
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  • News of the World scandal unfolding on Twitter

    July 15, 2011  |  Infographics

    News of the World on Twitter

    All kinds of crazy with News of the World went down this past week, and of course Twitter was abuzz with each development. Taking a page from the Stamen book, the Guardian looked at half a million tweets with the #notw hashtag and show you how the news unfolded.

    The best part of the interactive is that there's plenty of context to help you follow along as bubbles shrink and explode. On the bottom left are Guardian articles covering important events, the top right is the most retweeted tweet, and then you have the most frequently used words on the bottom right.

    So if you weren't following the story that closely, the graphic helps you understand in a hurry. At any given time, you know who's involved, what happened, and what others were talking about.

    [The Guardian | Thanks, Alastair]

  • Access to education where you live

    July 6, 2011  |  Infographics

    Snapshot of school

    If you're a parent, most likely you want your children to go to the best schools available, but what if you found out that the school that they attend didn't measure up to the school a couple miles away? Using previously unreleased federal education data, ProPublica helps you compare.
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  • When crime happens in major cities

    July 5, 2011  |  Statistical Visualization

    When crime happens

    Does more crime happen during the late hours of the night or in the middle of the afternoon? Trulia Insights uses small multiples to look at crime by hour in major cities, or rather, when it is reported, according to SpotCrime. There appears to be a dip during the 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. hours for all crime types, across all cities. Well, except for Indianapolis, which seems to report incidents with rounded off hours.
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  • Dotspotting to make city data more legible

    June 27, 2011  |  Online Applications


    Last year Stamen Design received a grant from the Knight News Challenge to design and implement Citytracking, a project to help people gather data about their cities and gain some kind of understanding about it. Dotspotting, the phase of the project, just launched. It makes it much easier to put dots on a map.
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  • Households like yours

    June 20, 2011  |  Infographics

    Households with two kids

    Accompanying an article on the changing family dynamic, The New York Times provides an interactive graphic that lets you see how many households in America are like yours.

    You start with the primary residents in your household such as single male or married couple, and then add those who live with you, such as a parent or child. The graphic updates as you do, showing the U.S. count and percentage on top and the breakdown by time, race, and household income on the bottom. Simple and straight to the point of interest.

    [How Many Households Are Like Yours?]

  • RottenTomatoes trends with Career-o-matic

    June 14, 2011  |  Statistical Visualization


    Slate puts together a rough analysis of RottenTomatoes actor and director career ratings. They plot average ratings for films in general, actors, and directors, which aren't all that useful, but the Career-o-matic is fun to play with. Punch in a name and see the ratings over time.

    [U]se Slate's Hollywood Career-o-Matic tool below to map the career of any major actor or director from the last 26 years. You can also type in more than one name to plot careers side by side. For example, Paul Thomas Anderson vs. Wes Anderson vs. Pamela Anderson. Mouse over the data points to see which movies they represent.

    Poor M. Night Shyamalan is on the decline.

    [Hollywood Career-O-Matic | Thanks, Laura]

  • All roads lead to philosophy, on Wikipedia

    June 8, 2011  |  Network Visualization

    All Roads lead to Philosophy - xefer

    Jeffrey Winter tests a hunch about links leading to philosophy on Wikipedia:

    There was an idea floating around that continuously following the first link of any Wikipedia article will eventually lead to "Philosophy." This sounded like a reasonable assertion, one that makes a certain amount of sense in retrospect: any description of something will typically use more general terms. Following that idea will eventually lead… somewhere.

    Winter's curiosity led to this simple mashup. Type in some terms in the search bar and see where those topics lead to. Lo and behold, they all reach philosophy somehow. The above was my own search for economy, poop, science, Forrest Gump, hamburger, and Chicago. Philosophy: the Kevin Bacon of Wikipedia.

    [Xefer | Thanks, Nigel]

  • Trulia Crime Map helps you find safe living places

    June 2, 2011  |  Mapping

    Trulia crime maps  - San Francisco

    Real estate site Trulia made a great move when they acquired mapping outfit Movity late last year to help users make informed decisions in home buying. A month ago, they launched a price reductions map to let you see how housing prices were changing. Now you can see what crime is like in that area you're thinking about living in with Crime Map.
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  • Find everywhere you can go in 15 minutes or less

    June 1, 2011  |  Mapping


    A lot of the time when making plans to meet up with friends or family, you're not so concerned with how far possible locations are than you are how long it takes to get there. Similarly, when deciding where to live relative to your workplace, you care more about how long it takes to get to work in the morning than you do how many miles away it is. Mapnificent lets you do this. Place the pin on the map, and see where you can get in a specified amount of time via public transportation or bicycle.
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  • Rise and fall of housing prices

    May 31, 2011  |  Statistical Visualization

    Rise and fall of housing prices

    Kevin Quealy and Jeremy White report for The New York Times on the rise and fall of housing prices with an interactive time series chart:

    The Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Home Price Index for 20 major metropolitan areas is one of the most closely watched gauges of the housing market. The figures for March, released May 31, showed prices at their lowest point since the downturn began.

    It's similar to the home run count graphic from last year, although there's a key difference. It's not in Flash. It works equally well though.

    Either click a city of interest on the left, or interact with the graph directly for more information. Not surprisingly, Detroit have been falling longer than any of the other 19 selected cities, whereas prices in Washington, D.C. have risen the most since February.

    [New York Times]

  • Exploring NYT news and its authors

    May 24, 2011  |  Network Visualization

    NYTimes Writes

    The IBM Visual Communication Lab published their first of what I hope many sketches exploring topics covered by The New York Times and its authors called NYTimes Writes, by Irene Ros. Start with a search term, and the tool will fetch related articles from the past 30 days. You'll get something that looks like the above, which is what I got when i searched for "data."
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  • Better Life Index measures well-being across countries

    May 24, 2011  |  Visualization

    Better Life Initiative

    OECD, with the help of Moritz Stefaner and Raureif, promote a well-being index beyond GDP in the Better Life Initiative:

    There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics — This index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 tpoics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life.

    Based on topics such as health, housing, and education, each country is represented with a flower, and each petal on a flower represents a metric. The higher the index, the higher the flower appears on the vertical axis, and if the flower metaphor is too abstract for you, roll over each flower to see the breakdown by bar graph.
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  • A deadly year of tornadoes

    May 23, 2011  |  Mapping

    Deadly tornadoes

    As reported by The New York Times, the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, known to have killed at least 100 people, makes 2011 the deadliest year of tornadoes since 1953 (519 deaths). There have been over 450 tornado-related deaths this year. This NYT interactive shows number of deaths per year with yellow circles and tornado touchdowns and paths with blue lines and dots.
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  • Global search volume by language

    May 10, 2011  |  Mapping

    Search by Language

    To show off their new toy that is WebGL, a 3D graphics API for JavaScript, the Google Data Arts Team maps global search volume by language:

    The Search Globe visualizes searches from one day, and shows the language of the majority of queries in an area in different colors. You’ll see a bright landscape of queries across Europe, and parts of Asia for instance, but unfortunately we see many fewer searches from parts of the world lacking Internet access—and often electricity as well—like Africa. We hope that as the Internet continues to become more accessible over time and people continue to ask questions, we’ll see this globe shine brightly everywhere.

    We've seen this sort of view before, but the interesting thing is that this runs native in the browser (and will probably send your fan whirling). Rotate and zoom in to your heart's content.
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  • Reactions to the death of a terrorist

    May 4, 2011  |  Statistical Visualization

    Death of a Terrorist - reactions

    On the announcement of Osama Bin Laden's death, there was a mixed reaction across the country. Some celebrated, whereas others had mixed feelings. Jon Huang and Aron Pilhofer for The New York Times, asked readers how they felt and to mark their thoughts on the positivity vs. significance grid.
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  • Perceived vs. actual country rankings

    May 3, 2011  |  Infographics

    Countries ranking

    Lisa Strausfeld, in collaboration with GE, compares perceived country rankings and actual ones.

    Innovation is the key driver of business and economic success. In January 2011, GE developed an Innovation Barometer based on a survey of 1000 senior business executives in 12 countries. We asked about both the drivers and impact of innovation. In this visualization, we’re taking a deeper look, enabling comparisons between what execs believe drive innovation and what’s actually happening in market.

    As seen in the image above, rankings are displayed via parallel coordinates, with actual country rankings on the left and perception on the right. The business execs were asked if they thought their country was "successful" in the categories, and the perceived rankings are based on the percentage who said yes. Each line represents a country. Roll over a country on either side to compare the patterns.
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  • See what you and others tweet about with the Topic Explorer

    April 20, 2011  |  Infographics

    Tweet Topic Explorer by Neoformix

    When you first come across a Twitter account it can be hard to know if you want to follow that person or organization, based on the most recent tweets. Jeff Clark's Tweet Topic Explorer gives you a quick view of that. Enter a username, and you get a clustered cloud of bubbles. Larger bubbles indicate topics that are tweeted more often and topics that are closely correlated (that is, appear together often) are colored the same.

    Above is the view for @flowingdata. As you'd expect, data is in the center, and it branches out from there.
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  • Tell-all telephone reveals politician’s life

    March 30, 2011  |  Data Sources, Mapping

    Tell-all telephone

    Not many people understand the importance of data privacy. They don't get out how little bits of information sent from your phone every now and then can show a lot about your day-to-day life.

    As the German government tries to come to a consensus about its data retention rules, Green party politician Malte Spitz retrieved six months of phone data from Deutsche Telekom (by suing them), to show what you can get from a little bit of private mobile data. He handed the data to Zeit Online, and they in turn mapped and animated practically every one of Spitz' moves over half a year and combined it with publicly available information from sources such as his appointment website, blog, and Twitter feed for more context.
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