Data Journalism Awards winners Over 300 applications from all over the world, and the winners were just announced The Data Journalism Awards (DJA) is the prime international competition recognizing outstanding work in the field of data journalism. Sponsored by Google, the DJA 2013 received over 300 applications from all over the world, ranging from major media groups, regional newspapers, and research groups, and the winners were just announced at the award ceremony held at the Global Editors Network News Summit. This year, the DTJ had four categories: Data-driven investigative journalism, Data-driven applications, Storytelling with data, and Data journalism website or section, as well as a special “Public Choice Award”. Argentina’s Senate Expenses, 2004-2013 | La Nacion | Data-Driven Investigations Big Media Winner (image: La Nacion) The Art Market for Dummies | Jean Abbiateci | Data-Driven Storytelling Small Media and Public Choice Award Winner (image: Jean Abbiateci | Quoi) (image: Thomson Reuters) (image: WeDoData)
Infographic of the Day: A Strange, Brilliant Map Of The World's Population In the visual syntax of infographics and maps, bigger equals… well, bigger. Large dots on a map or bars in a chart correspond to a proportionally large quantity of stuff being visualized--like, for instance, the number of people living in a certain geographic area. But its new visualization of world population density called "Dencity," Fathom turns this basic graphic language on its head. What if bigger dots on a map signified fewer people, sparsely scattered? Fathom, the information-visualization firm cofounded by Processing inventor Ben Fry, created "Dencity" in response to a somewhat ambivalent milestone: the world’s population surpassing 7 billion souls. [Click to view larger] In that light, Fathom’s choice to represent larger quantities (the aforementioned #$*&load of people) with smaller graphical elements (smaller, brighter circles on the map) ingeniously captures the narrative of "what seven billion looks like." [Eastern China]
Billions of Geotagged Tweets Visualized in Twitter's Amazing Maps Ever wonder what it would look like to plot every single geotagged tweet since 2009 on a map? Twitter has done just that. Twitter posted these maps of Europe, New York City, Tokyo and Istanbul on its blog Friday. They use billions of geotagged tweets: Every dot represents a tweet, with the brighter colors showing a higher concentration of tweets. It's pretty amazing how the mapped-out tweets clearly match with population centers, highways and the like — though perhaps that's obvious. 1. 2. 3. 4.
Malaria: The Drug Resistance Story Drugs and Diagnostics The current treatment for malaria is artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs). ACTs are effective and are well-tolerated by patients, but because of their high cost, patients often purchase cheaper, less-effective drugs, poor-quality drugs, or counterfeits, all of which can increase the risk that drug-resistant strains of malaria will emerge. Resistance has already been observed in Southeast Asia. A nurse dispenses a malaria drug to treat an infected child in Tanzania To improve the availability of treatments and eventually develop a single-dose cure for malaria, it is important to diversify the drug pipeline and invest in the discovery and development of effective non-artemisinin-based treatments. Our strategy supports the effective delivery of ACTs, the elimination of artemisinin resistance, and the discovery of novel malaria drugs. Our investments include: Vector-Control Tools Vaccines Integrated Interventions Advocacy, Policy, and Financing
The Art of Data Visualization: How to Tell Complex Stories Through Smart Design The volume of data in our age is so vast that whole new research fields have blossomed to develop better and more efficient ways of presenting and organizing information. One such field is data visualization, which can be translated in plain English as visual representations of information. The PBS “Off Book” series turned its attention to data visualization in a short video featuring Edward Tufte, a statistician and professor emeritus at Yale, along with three young designers on the frontiers of data visualization. In much the same way that Marshall McLuhan spoke about principles of communication, Tufte talks in the video about what makes for elegant and effective design. What does Tufte mean by this? For those of us who aren’t designers, it’s refreshing to consider the elements of good visual story-telling. So much of the information we encounter every day is hard to conceptualize. Information may be more abundant but it isn’t new, and neither is data visualization. Related Content:
How To Create Outstanding Modern Infographics In this tutorial you will learn that data doesn't have to be boring, it can be beautiful! Learn how to use various graph tools, illustration techniques and typography to make an accurate and inspiring infographic in Adobe Illustrator. Start by using the Rectangle Tool (M) to draw a shape. Give it a subtle radial gradient too. The entire design is based on a grid of four columns. Condense the shape so it fits within the left-most guide and centre guide. Move the shape over to the right and add another guide to the centre here. Using the Rectangle Tool (M) draw a thin white box on the centre line that will be the width of the gap between the columns. Repeat the process for the other columns with your final result being below. I like to place the most important graphics first and work-in the ancillary charts and graphs afterwards. Early on you can experiment with placing a main graphic that will help give the piece some visual interest. Give the circles a variety of gradients. That's it!
The Rise of Interactive Data Visualization The visualization below highlights something only recently possible on the web: a dynamic, interactive canvas. Titled “Disaster Strikes: A World In Sight”, it visualizes a century of floods, fires, droughts, and earthquakes around the globe. (Below is a snapshot of 1996, an apparently costly year for disasters). It’s not a passively animated graphic, but one that users can actively engage with, freezing or pivoting dimensions to reveal new views of the data. Meet the Interactive Frameworks That the above graphic could be built in a single weekend (it was part of a larger hackathon called Data In Sight that Barret Schloerke and his team 13 participated in) is testament to the maturity of tools available. In the last few years, there has been a blossoming of frameworks for creating rich, dynamic infographics. These frameworks present new possibilities for data visualization, but also challenges. Used well, interaction is a means to escape flatland. Visualize Time as a Flow, not a Flicker