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An experiment to intersect data, technology, and global events. We'll make it up as we go.

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datajournal:

Very interesting visualization and analysis of the historical evolution of newspaper in US, by the Rural West Initiative at Stanford. The interactive map is avaliable and the corresponding studies are posted here.

Data Scraping with IFTTT

superniemie:

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IFTTT sounds like “gift” but without the “g”. It stands for “if this, then that.” In logical representation this would be:

A -> B or A B

IFTTT allows users to connect a variety of online media through what IFTTT calls “recipes”. For instance one recipe might be:

IF you’re…

futurejournalismproject:

Data Journalism Is the New Punk
Simon Rogers of the Guardian data blog draws comparisons between the emergence of DIY tools for practicing data journalism and the founding ethics of punk.
The underlying question is if you learn a few “chords” (eg., Google Fusion Tools, Gephi) can you start making your data hum.
Says Dan Sinker, head of the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership and former Punk Planet editor, in response to Rogers’ hypothesis:

While I agree with the premise - it’s never been easier to do this stuff than it is right now - I think there are a few steps beyond just learning three chords when doing data journalism. For one, Legs [McNeil, who coined the word ‘punk’] didn’t really say a band needed to be *good* but I’d like to think we’d require that for data journalism

Check the article. Rogers provides links to free data tools and curates a great discussion about the reasonable skills needed to getting started.
Image: Now Form a Band, from British punk fanzine Sideburns in 1977. Via the Guardian.

futurejournalismproject:

Data Journalism Is the New Punk

Simon Rogers of the Guardian data blog draws comparisons between the emergence of DIY tools for practicing data journalism and the founding ethics of punk.

The underlying question is if you learn a few “chords” (eg., Google Fusion Tools, Gephi) can you start making your data hum.

Says Dan Sinker, head of the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership and former Punk Planet editor, in response to Rogers’ hypothesis:

While I agree with the premise - it’s never been easier to do this stuff than it is right now - I think there are a few steps beyond just learning three chords when doing data journalism. For one, Legs [McNeil, who coined the word ‘punk’] didn’t really say a band needed to be *good* but I’d like to think we’d require that for data journalism

Check the article. Rogers provides links to free data tools and curates a great discussion about the reasonable skills needed to getting started.

Image: Now Form a Band, from British punk fanzine Sideburns in 1977. Via the Guardian.

jQuery tablesorter

tablesorter is a jQuery plugin for turning a standard HTML table with THEAD and TBODY tags into a sortable table without page refreshes. tablesorter can successfully parse and sort many types of data including linked data in a cell. It has many useful features including:

  • Multi-column sorting
  • Parsers for sorting text, URIs, integers, currency, floats, IP addresses, dates (ISO, long and short formats), time. Add your own easily
  • Support secondary “hidden” sorting (e.g., maintain alphabetical sort when sorting on other criteria)
  • Extensibility via widget system
  • Cross-browser: IE 6.0+, FF 2+, Safari 2.0+, Opera 9.0+
  • Small code size

fastcompany:

Like all the infographics and dataviz you’ve been seeing in your feed?
Here are 5 tools for creating infographics and visualizations:
1. piktochart
2. easel.ly
3. info.gram
4. visual.ly
5. Tableau
Here are 2 tools for diagrams and wireframing:
1. OmniGraffle
2. Balsamiq
And here are 3 tools for other types of visual communication:
1. Make a video like the RSA Animated Series.
2. Make a timeline with Timeline JS
3. Or put together a remote presentation with Present.me
Click here for more in-depth descriptions of these programs.

fastcompany:

Like all the infographics and dataviz you’ve been seeing in your feed?

Here are 5 tools for creating infographics and visualizations:

1. piktochart

2. easel.ly

3. info.gram

4. visual.ly

5. Tableau

Here are 2 tools for diagrams and wireframing:

1. OmniGraffle

2. Balsamiq

And here are 3 tools for other types of visual communication:

1. Make a video like the RSA Animated Series.

2. Make a timeline with Timeline JS

3. Or put together a remote presentation with Present.me

Click here for more in-depth descriptions of these programs.

ONLINE TOOLS EVERY STUDENT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT!

chronicsci:

Thanks to the internet the way we share our ideas and data has changed for the better!

1) Google Drive - SHARING
It allows multiple people to edit/view the same document, spreadsheet or presentation. From my experience multiple users can edit a document at the same time. You can upload what…

mapsontheweb:

Homicide rates in Brazil per 100,000 inhabitants, by state, 2012

Another map, by number of homicides

mapsontheweb:

Homicide rates in Brazil per 100,000 inhabitants, by state, 2012

Another map, by number of homicides