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The History of Data Viz: An interactive of the field’s first 300 years

RJ Andrews marches you through time, passing through the key charts and visuals created between 1630 and 1904.


Data Done Right: How Mozilla visualized users’ opinions of Facebook

When news broke about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, the Mozilla Foundation created an interactive tool to showcase user opinion.


Slow Down: A Data Through Design exhibit

Are New Yorkers safe from traffic accidents? Ellen Oh used open government data and data physicalization to ponder this question.


Prescription drugs that kill: The challenge of identifying deaths in government data

In early April, The Palm Beach Post reported that Subsys has killed more than 900 people. Mike Stucka recounts how they uncovered this number.


Migratory Notes: Combating confusing policies through immigration stories and data

Following Trump’s travel ban, two journalists set out to synthesise exceptional immigration journalism and data reporting.


20 Years 20 Titles: A data analysis of Roger Federer’s career

When Roger Federer won his 20th Grand Slam title this year, the data team at SRF celebrated by creating an interactive of his career.


New York Seeks Haikus: A Data Through Design exhibit

To tell the story of NYC’s 400,000 civil servants, Jeremy Neiman algorithmically generated haikus based on government job descriptions.


ClearHealthCosts: Making healthcare prices more transparent

The U.S. healthcare system hides prices from people. But a journalism startup from New York is crowdsourcing data to change that.


Life and Death in the Built Environment: A Data Through Design exhibit

What impact has zoning had on NYC? Pitch Interactive translated traffic fatality data into an acrylic installation to explore this question.


Human Mating Seasons: The surprising link between your birthday and place of birth— in one heat map

Using the most recent UN data on live births, Nayomi Chibana explored whether humans—like animals—also have mating seasons.


Making Music from Data: Putting a sound to the Social Democratic Party of Germany’s decline

Moritz Klack explains how he helped Berliner Morgenpost create its first sonification, using SPD polling data.


Ruralômetro: Evaluating how Brazil’s congressmen impact socio-environmental issues

By scraping data from Brazil’s governmental websites, Repórter Brasil identified and visualized MPs that promote unethical agribusiness.


Manhattan Tree Map: A Data Through Design exhibit

A celebration of New York City’s street tree population through a wooden map, which invites audiences to “touch” the data.


Sailing Seas of Plastic: Visualising 268,940 tonnes of plastic floating in the world’s oceans

The concentration of plastic at sea is enormous. Timo Franz and Laurent Lebreton explain how they visualised it.


El indultómetro: Investigating pardons granted in Spain since 1996

Bringing pardon data to light for the first time, this project has made a marked impact on the Government’s exercise of the law.


Ice, Ice Bucket (Challenge): A data driven investigation into shareability

Looking back at database of news articles from 2014, researchers examined how the Ice Bucket Challenge networked across social media.


A Problem Well-Spread: Investigating arsenic in Nova Scotia’s well water

Combining public records and GIS files, Mikkel Frederiksen revealed that thousands of Nova Scotians have a silent killer in their well water.


Represent: Reinventing a classic project with design thinking

How audiences helped ProPublica reconceive and redesign their interactive database that tracks Congress.


Trump and the Media: A sentiment analysis of news articles before and after his inauguration

Sensing a negative shift in the media’s depiction of Trump, a group of students analyzed over 2000 articles to test their hypothesis.


America’s Wall: How we built a detailed map of the U.S.-Mexico border wall

Using previously undisclosed records, inewsource and KPBS collaborated to produce the most comprehensive look at the border wall to date.


Turning hurricanes into music: Can listening to storms help us understand them better?

A meteorologist and a music technologist team up to turn the data from tropical storms into musical graphs.


Stranger Things: Analyzing scripts to understand emotion

Jordan Dworkin applies statistics to Stranger Things and recounts five lessons he learnt along the way.


It’s not so ISIS: The complex shape of terrorism and its ideological roots, visualized through data

Using data visualization, this project explores beyond the common narratives about terrorism offered by the mainstream media.


That’s no moon: Data stories don’t always have to be downers

Data journalism can appear to revolve around bleak numbers. Mahima Singh shows that it isn’t always about ‘The Dark Side’.


Carbon Doomsday: Tracking CO2 since 1958

In the absence of an authoritative and user-friendly CO2 emissions tracker, a global community of developers stepped in.


Fake it ‘til you make it: How we identified a large number of fake followers on Instagram

How big is the fake follower problem on Instagram? The data journalism team at SRF decided to find out.


Strava Global Heatmap: Explore the world’s athlete playgrounds

Data from more than 1 billion activities goes in to making Strava’s new map showcasing worldwide activity.


The ‘Venezuela Econ’ app: Harnessing data to understand a spectacular economic meltdown

How one journalist plugged inefficiencies in the way that news outlets obtain, parse, and publish data about Venezuela’s crisis.


The Stories Behind a Line: A visual narrative of six asylum seekers’ routes to Italy

Federica Fragapane and Alex Piacentini wanted to use data visualization as a way to give refugees a voice.


Networked Capitalism: Unpicking the ventures of the PayPal Mafia

While there have been many articles about the interconnections between PayPal alumni, there are few visuals illustrating these connections.


Presenting PERVADE: Exploring data ethics for researchers and analysts

Like big data researchers, journalists must balance investigation and discovery with minimizing harm.

19/9/2017 A comprehensive archive of data visualisations

From a collection of post-it notes, to an online catalogue of more than 150 data visuals.


The Knowledge City Index: Measuring the knowledge intensity of Australian cities

Knowledge cities may be the future drivers of prosperity, but until now there has been a surprising absence of tools to measure them.


UnbiasedCrowd: Beating fake news at its own game

After a few key retweets, a biased story can go viral. This project calls on the crowd to detect visually biased news.


DeepMoji: Using emojis to teach AI about emotions

Usually, artificial intelligence has trouble detecting emotional concepts within a text. But DeepMoji is different.


World Series Mortality Tracker: How many fans actually get to see their team win more than once?

When the Cubs won first World Series in more than 100 years, Chris Hagan endeavoured to find out many people were alive for its last win.


Marple: “We tried to automate story finding in data - this is what we learnt”

Journalism++ Stockholm has spent a year developing an automated news service for finding stories in large amounts of statistical data.


Face-O-Matic: Experimental Slack alert system tracking Trump and congressional leaders on TV news

Using facial recognition technology, Nancy Watzman explains how Face-O-Matic tracks news coverage of public figures.


Tweets of Congress: Output from 1000+ accounts for any given day

What does Congress really care about? This project has collated the entirety of Congress’ daily Twitter output so you can find out.


The Stanford Open Policing Project: Uncovering the truth behind traffic stops

Until now, a national repository detailing interactions between police and the public didn’t exist.


The Intercept Brazil: How metadata revealed lobbyists were behind labor reform amendments

The Intercept Brazil examined the metadata of 850 labor reform amendments to find out who was truly behind push for reform.


Georgia lawmakers write ~4,800 things, mostly honors

What does the Georgia state Legislature actually do? Maggie Lee explains how she interrogated the data behind the lawmaking.


Count Love: Aggregating protest data

Protests represent one method of communication between citizens and elected officials. But aggregate data is hard to come by.

30/5/2017 Translating international news

While travelling in Turkey, Sam van Herwaarden developed a brilliant idea for breaking down language barriers in the news.


The Generals of Gold: A data-driven investigation of the Egyptian Army’s influence

Noonpost team members explain how they used Linkurious to conduct a large-scale investigation into Egypt’s corruption networks.


Europeana Transcribe: Crowdsourcing WWI data from handwritten text

With so much historical material available from WWI, this project is calling upon the crowd to help turn these into digital data troves.


Islam, Media Subject: How to quantify the perception of Islam in the media

By text mining a corpus of French newspaper articles, this project shows how discussions about Islam have changed over time.


The Iraq War by the Numbers: Extracting the conflicts’ staggering costs

Using daily records from 2004 to 2010, Jeiran Jahani explored the Iraq War’s high human and financial impacts.


Mediendienst Integration: Separating fact from fiction on migration

A free service that uses data to improve the reportage of migration-related issues in Germany.

9/1/2017 Telling open data stories about military history

Alex Howard interviewed the creators of a new open government data platform that aims to make military stories more accessible.


The 1941 Project: Putting eyewitness accounts of Pearl Harbor on the map

Hidenori Watanave‘s newest interactive mapping project documents the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.


EndorsementDB: Predicting the U.S. election without polls

Following the unexpected 2016 election results, Wendy Liu asked whether measuring endorsements could provide an alternative to traditional


Lost Cause: Seeing America through the losing candidates

ProPublica mapped every county that has supported the losing presidential candidate since 1828.


Fragile Cities: Plotting lesser known urban stories

How much do we know about struggling cities? Do we even know where they are? This map helps shed new light on city data.


Gamesmap: An interactive geography of the UK games industry

Just launched, Gamesmap combines big data, automation, and crowdsourcing to visualize the most complete dataset of the UK gaming sector ever


Translator Gator: Gamification as a tool to crowdsource scarce language data

A people-powered language game to develop Indonesian language data by translating words from English into any of its six common languages.


HarassMap: Challenging the social acceptability of sexual harassment in Egypt with data

Five years on, HarassMap has made a marked impact on the discourse around sexual violence in Egypt.


Illuminating 2016: Helping journalists cover social media in the presidential campaign

Using computational journalism to overcome Election 2016 information overload.


Rio Olympics 2016 Search Trends: What is the world Googling?

A look at how Google Trends used search data to report on the Olympics.


The Most Timeless Songs of All-Time: A data driven approach to music journalism

Using Spotify data, Matt Daniels measured the popularity of older music.


The Criminal Migrant Shipping Network: A data driven cross-border investigation

Over four months, a team of nine journalists spread across six countries pooled their resources to investigate the people who profit migrants


Mugged: A video documentary that lets audiences interact with data

Fusion experimented with interactive documentary to help audiences engage with its data driven investigation into the mugshot industry.


Choropleth Maps of Nigeria: Socio-economic indicators visualized state by state

Uduak Akpan explains how the project highlights the spatial variability of different socio-economic indicators, and why this is important.


Choice and Chance: 3D walkthrough of the Orlando Shooting

How do you visualize traumatic events with sensitivity?


Wheel of Fortune: Cambodian data journalists visualize the ruling family’s corporate empire

To make data amassed by a new Global Witness report widely accessible, The Phnom Penh Post developed a detailed wheel visualization.


Postal big data: Global flows as proxy indicators for national wellbeing

Using 14 million postal records from 187 countries, researchers demonstrated that postal data can indicate elements of socioeconomic wellbeing.


#IranVotes: A data analysis of Iranian Twitter during the 2016 parliamentary elections

Using network and content analyses of tweets, researchers were able to paint a picture of Iranian political discourse in uncensored places.


Untangling Tennis: A visual and data analytic exploration of success in tennis

Lessons and challenges of using data visualization to explore the relationship between performance and popularity in Tennis.


Crying: Can our tears be parsed?

Robin Weis collected self-data on her crying habits to understand more about the emotions behind the tears.


Obstructed View: What’s blocking New Yorkers from getting tickets

The New York State Attorney General conducted a data analysis to answer the question: why is it so hard to buy a ticket at face value?


Europa Dreaming: Using visual journalism to question the European Dream

Matteo Moretti explains the inspiration behind Europa Dreaming, how the project developed, and the power visual journalism brings to the


Les Gouvernements de Paul Biya: Retracing the 34 years that Cameroon’s president has been in power

Five Cameroonian data journalists take stock of Paul Biya’s 33 governments.


UK Tech Landscape: Where do they Meetup?

Capturing relational and network data from tech Meetup data.


CNN Politics App: Election data at your fingertips

A data driven election platform built specifically for mobile.


The Next Rembrandt: Training a deep learning machine to paint

Pixel by pixel, data scientists created a new Rembrandt work.


ISDS: Uncovering the hidden world of investment arbitration

A data driven look at multinational companies that use arbitration mechanisms for profit.


GitHub Experiment: Mapping the civic tech community

Stefan Baack scraped GitHub to explore the network and community dynamics of data activists.


Get Appy: A data analysis of the Global App Economy

Who is successfully making apps? And in what markets? How do app stores affect value capture and trade? Bryan Pon used data to find out.


EU Integrity Watch: A visual database to promote accountability

A platform from Transparency International that provides easy access to EU politicians’ lobbying data.


Panama Papers: A 2.6 terabyte trove of data on the offshore financial industry

A look at the ICIJ’s data driven approach to the Panama Papers’ investigation.


Beyond the Hashtags: Asking data how #Blacklivesmatter impacted offline conversations

Using three kinds of data, researchers illustrate how digital tools have contributed to the goals of the anti-brutality movement.


Map Me Happy: Another side of Ukraine revealed through data visualization

An international group of volunteers is creating an online map of places in Ukraine where people can feel happiness in the air.


Medicamentalia: A data driven investigation to contextualize global access to medicines

14 medicines, 61 countries. How do they compare?


ConfiscatiBene: From a little map to a Europe-wide data journalism project

Andrea Nelson Mauro explains how a team of data driven individuals conducted an exhaustive investigation into criminal investments seized by EU


The Trachoma Map: Making eye disease visible

SciDevNet and Sightsavers enlisted a public health data visualization to shed light on the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness.


La Nación’s Nisman coverage: Using machine learning to identify significant voicemails

How La Nación listened to 20,000 audio files related to the Alberto Nisman case.

10/2/2016 Putting femicide on the map

Raising awareness of under-reported violence against women in Turkey through data visualization.


Dive Against Debris: Employing 25,600 scuba divers to collect data

A global citizen science program that trains scuba divers to conduct underwater surveys, generating quantitative data on the debris they see.


Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Using visual tools to reveal the human impact of drones

An interactive project that highlights the victims of drone attacks in Pakistan.


LandMark: Safeguarding land rights through community mapping

The first ever global mapping platform that outlines boundaries of indigenous and community lands, as identified by the Peoples themselves.


Roads to Rome: Testing the idiom with data

Do all roads really lead to Rome? Benedikt Groß, Philipp Schmitt, and Raphael Reimann used geospatial analysis and data visualization to find


Missing Migrants Project: Tracking lives lost during migration

This International Migrants Day we took at look at the IOM’s displacement data and tracking projects.


Herointown: Personalizing data on the drug epidemic in New Jersey

A long-form project that uses quantitative and qualitative data to humanize the state’s hidden population of heroin users.


Dear Data: A data visualization project that doesn’t involve a computer

52 weeks of data collected, visualized and transmitted without the aid of digital tools.


Chennai floods map: Crowdsourcing data and crisis mapping for emergency response

A rapid response project that created actionable information on inundation in Chennai.


NarcoData: Contextualizing the Drug War in Mexico

A project by Animal Político and collaborative data journalism platform Poderopedia that simplifies complex data behind Mexico’s failed


Digital Matatus: Smartphones and data visualization to report on transport in Kenya

How crowdsourced data and visualizations helped change daily commutes in Nairobi.


All the lonely people: Where do they all come from?

A closer look at the data behind Craigslist Missed Connections.

1/11/2015 A visual exploration of demographic data

How long will you live for? harnesses demographic data to project how your life could play out.


State of Obesity: Using data visualization for public health messaging

Making health information from PDF reports more accessible to the wider public.