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Visualising the Steps to Foresee the Future and Get Ready for It. A Visualization Of World War II Like You've Never Seen Before. La réserve parlementaire décryptée. Explorez les 668 commissions ministérielles... et leurs budgets. Indice de gouvernance départemental. A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money : It's All Politics. Explore political ad spending through creative cartography. This animated map shows where superPACs and other outside groups spent their money — over a six-month period during the general election — to air political ads aimed at influencing the presidential race.

Campaign reporters spend a lot of time pointing at color-coded electoral maps like the one below, showing which states voted for Republican John McCain (in red) and Democrat Barack Obama (in blue) in 2008. Adam Cole/NPR But these maps lie — visually speaking. Red appears to be the clear winner, dominating a vast swath from the South to the Rockies. It's all geographically accurate, but electorally skewed. To fix this problem, some political cartographers have resized the states based on their electoral vote tally. In this map, the influence of the Northeast is a bit more apparent, and the stature of the Mountain West has diminished.

But this map still doesn't accurately convey which states are most important in this election. AllYears.gif (Image GIF, 722x542 pixels) 21 Charts That Explain American Values Today - Bob Cohn. Americans say they are more tolerant and open-minded than their parents. Among the issues that rate more morally acceptable today than a decade ago: homosexuality, human cloning, pre-marital sex, and having a child out of wedlock. At the same time, half believe the economic system is unfair to middle- and working-class Americans, and only 17 percent believe Wall Street executives share fundamental American values. In all, two-thirds think the country is heading in the wrong direction, 69 percent believe the country's values have deteriorated since the 1970s, and nearly half say values will further weaken over the next 10 years. Such are the highlights of The Atlantic/Aspen Institute American Values Survey. Elsewhere on the site, pollster Mark Penn provides a full analysis of the survey, which was conducted by his firm, Penn Schoen Berland.

Two-thirds of those surveyed say the country is heading in the wrong direction ... The influence of religion on American life is decreasing. The e-diplomacy Hub, A real-time window onto digital diplomacy in action. World: Corruption Perceptions Index 2011. 2011 – a crisis in governance: Protests that marked 2011 show anger at corruption in politics and public sector Berlin, 1 December 2011 – Corruption continues to plague too many countries around the world, according to Transparency International’s 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index released today. It shows some governments failing to protect citizens from corruption, be it abuse of public resources, bribery or secretive decision-making.

Transparency International warned that protests around the world, often fuelled by corruption and economic instability, clearly show citizens feel their leaders and public institutions are neither transparent nor accountable enough. “This year we have seen corruption on protestors’ banners be they rich or poor. Corruption Perceptions Index 2011: The results The index scores 183 countries and territories from 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (very clean) based on perceived levels of public sector corruption. Two thirds of ranked countries score less than 5. Socialbakers-infographic-Dec01-Dec31.jpg (520×2275) Which Politician is Most Popular, Engaging on Social Media Sites? President Barack Obama may be down in the ratings, but he still has a steady hold on social media popularity.

In December, Socialbakers – a social media analytics firm – tracked Facebook-page interactions of the eight key candidates from the Republican and Democratic parties to gauge changes in popularity and monitor fan engagement. Obama led the pack with the most overall interactions on the site, including comments, fan engagement and viral reach. President Barack Obama also has the most Facebook fans – a whopping 24 million, far more than the Republican candidates — but many were collected during the 2008 election period. His fan growth, however, experienced little improvement in December. Instead, former Penn. Santorum still trails in Facebook popularity with only 40,000 fans.

The Euro Crisis Is Less Complicated Than It Appears. A few days ago I received an email from Thomas Watkins, who is an avid reader of this blog and a past participant in one of my Visual Business Intelligence Workshops. He asked my opinion of this infographic, which recently appeared in the . It looks a bit like a solar system with really strange orbits. Displayed as a node-link diagram, the information seems quite complex—much more so than necessary. Rather than responding to Thomas with my opinion, I asked for his. Thomas then went on to propose the following visualization as a replacement, minus the textual narrative that would be helpful to tell the story completely.

Thomas explains his version of the story as follows: I found Thomas’ version far superior to the original. Take care, Eurozone in crisis in graphics: Deficit. Continue reading the main story EU rules say that countries using the euro are not allowed to have an annual deficit of more than 3% of GDP, but several countries have failed to keep to that rule in recent years. Note that Germany, Italy and France were all among the first countries to break the Maastricht rule during the last decade, while Spain and the Republic of Ireland ran surpluses before the 2008 crisis.

Since 2008, peripheral economies such as Spain, Greece and Portugal have run big deficits, because their economies have slumped, generating less tax revenues and requiring more unemployment benefit payments. Ireland experienced an exceptionally enormous deficit of 31% of its GDP in 2010, largely due to the cost of rescuing its banks. Italy, however, has faired surprisingly well. In fact, if you exclude the cost of interest payments on its enormous debts (which the graph does not), the Italian government has consistently run budget surpluses.

Send us your feedback. What really caused the eurozone crisis? [DATA] Budget 2012 : 366 milliards, mais pour financer quoi ? | Voila le travail. (french) Discours d’investiture de la cinquième : essai de text mining. Les six discours d'investiture des Présidents de la République sont passés à la moulinette: quels présidents étaient les plus bavards? Quels mots revenaient le plus dans leurs discours? Lequel parle le plus souvent de lui? Billet initialement publié sur le datablog d’OWNI Pour ce test, j’ai choisi les discours prononcés par les présidents de la Vème République lors de leur (première) investiture afin de pouvoir comparer des textes énoncés dans un même contexte. Ils sont tous accessibles et exportables en PDF (faut pas trop en demander non plus…) sur le site de l’Elysée.

Pour lire le détail des textes :Discours de Charles De Gaulle, 8 janvier 1959Discours de Georges Pompidou, 20 juin 1969Discours de Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, 27 mai 1974Discours de François Mitterand, 21 mai 1981Discours de Jacques Chirac, 17 mai 1995Discours de Nicolas Sarkozy, 16 mai 2007 mots J’ai ensuite testé le logiciel Tropes, pingué par notre collègue data Guénaël Pépin (@Reguen sur Twitter). République Nicolas Sarkzoy. Outliers in the European Parliament. Public spending by UK gov. Boundary changes: Labour and Lib Dems set for losses. The Conservatives could have been within striking distance of an overall majority had the 2010 general election been held under England's new boundaries, early Guardian analysis suggests. The Labour party could have netted 14 fewer seats, the Liberal Democrats 10 fewer, while the Conservatives, who dominate England, might have lost just six seats.

The UK's only Green MP, Caroline Lucas, would not have been able to win her seat, according to the preliminary figures. The initial analysis, carried out by the Guardian data team, is based on figures released by the boundary commission, showing the makeup of each of England's 502 new constituencies – breaking down exactly which previous constituencies voters came from. Using these figures and the results of the 2010 general election, the exercise modelled the effects of a uniform swing from the old boundaries to new. The new boundaries reduce the total number of constituencies in England by 31, to 502. Data summary. England riots: suspects mapped and poverty mapped | UK news. Hierarchical Data with Bubble Tree. Sep 29, 2011 If this visualization looks familiar to you it’s because you follow the career of David McCandless far too closely. It is, in fact, based on his design for Where Does My Money Go?

(WDMMG) but has been re-imagined by Gregor Aisch. Gregor is the designer and visualization architect for the OpenSpending Project. Both WDMMG and the OpenSpending project are initiatives of the Open Knowledge Foundation meant to promote government spending transparency and educate citizens through the visualization of data. So far he’s produced bubble trees for the UK, Berlin, Uganda and more but with a data architecture based on a simple JSON tree structure and continually improving open source files and documentation, this bubble tree tool can help almost anyone visualize hierarchical data.

The bubble tree is going to be integrated inside and thus will become an open tool for everyone to easily explore all the data sets on OpenSpending. Ontologies for e-Gov. Apps for America. Money Chart. Death & Taxes 2012. Voting and Registration. The Power of Maps. Maps are both necessary tools for analysis and crucial delivery visuals for foresight and warning products. They constitute a very powerful type of delivery form, as they change both the world and the mind.

The pivotal importance of maps and of the process of mapping has notably been shown, in the case of the birth of nations and of nationalism, by two remarkable books: Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson and Siam Mapped: A History of the Geo-Body of a Nation by Winichakul Thongchai. Building upon the findings of those master-works, as well as on my own (PhD) research, this post explains the power of maps and then outlines contemporary evolutions, examples and possibilities. As maps influence our way to perceive the world, they also allow for the creation of new political actions, and make possible what hitherto had been unthinkable of. What you would get is something like this, where only the most salient geographical features that allow for bearings are marked: Lobbyists and Politicians: Connections. Politics is as much about who you know as what you know. That's why the website First Street wants to help us learn more about the who of politics — and how they're all connected.

The site details the allegiances of political officials and lobbyists — for a price. It already has content deals with the New York Times, the Associated Press and the Washington Post. First Street is based on decades of information pulled from congressional staff directories and self-reporting forms. CQ Press, a political publishing house, created First Street to turn that overwhelming amount of data into a searchable database on where people worked, who they worked for, and where their allegiances may lie.

The database currently contains more than 660,000 lobbying forms, 240,000 congressional and federal staffers, 32,898 clients of registered lobbying organizations and 20,000 congressional and federal organizations. In total, First Street says it covers more than 2 million connections. Social Media Users on U.S. Politics. Two-thirds (67%) of adult social media users in the U.S. voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race, although only half (51%) would vote the same way if they knew what they know now. Market researcher Lab42 polled 500 social media users on all things politics.

The findings, presented in the infographic below, reveal top issues, candidates and news sources for social media users. When it comes to the 2012 election, almost half (46%) of respondents didn't think it would be bad if most members of congress were defeated in the upcoming election. So Clever: Ron Paul Campaign Vid Uses Obama's Typeface Against Him | Co.Design. You may not know it by name, but even non-type-geeks know it when they see it: Gotham, the typeface designed by Hoefler & Frere-Jones, which the Obama campaign used to brand the president during his 2008 campaign.

Now it’s 2012 and we’re gonna be seeing a lot more Gotham from the Obama camp. But not just them. Ron Paul’s political action committee has dramatized an incendiary, Obama-criticizing speech that Paul gave using animated typography . . . and the whole thing is set in Gotham. The actual content of the video, as one would expect from a PAC trying to get a libertarian cartoon character elected leader of the free world, is basically nuts: an elaborate recasting of Obama’s nation-building policy as a "what if it happened here? " Nowhere in Ron Paul’s speech does he say "the president" or "Obama," but as soon as this video begins, the visual association with Obama is subtly seeded in the viewer’s mind.

First Street Research Group. Behind SOPA: What It Means for Business and Innovation [INFOGRAPHIC] The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is stirring up a lot of controversy in the tech world. Companies that rely heavily on copyright protection call the bill piracy protection; those that rely on user-generated content call it censorship. The bill strengthens the U.S. Justice Department’s power to go after websites that host disputed copyright material — and could make sites such as YouTube and Tumblr that host such user-generated content liable for copyright violations. AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo and Zynga delivered a letter to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives last month that argues SOPA “pose[s] a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job creation, as well as to our nation’s cybersecurity.”

They later ran the letter as a full-page ad in The New York Times. Meanwhile, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) support the bill. SOPA+Internet.png (972×5500) OECD Better Life Initiative. Infographie : 4 ans d'action pour la France et les Français. Infographic: Which dictator killed the most people? Clip de campagne de François Hollande - une vidéo Actu et Politique. Les temps de parole des candidats à la présidentielle. Diminishing Voters' Rights. Thousands of voters will find it difficult, if not impossible, to vote in the rapidly-approaching 2012 presidential election thanks to new changes in voters’ rights and voting laws across several states in the U.S. While younger voters and senior citizens certainly aren’t the only two demographics affected by the new laws, there are 34 states that have introduced legislation that will make their voting experience especially difficult.

The laws will require a valid photo ID in order to either vote or register to vote; while this might not seem like an unreasonable law, it will make voting more difficult for 18% of voters age 65+ and 1 out of every 5 voters age 18-29 who do not have either a driver’s license or other government-issued ID. 10% of Latino voters, who made up 22% of the final-Sunday vote, have had their ability to vote hindered in the states that have passed voter ID laws.

More details on the restrictive new laws can be found on the infographic below and at Periscopic (@Periscopic) sur Twitter.