April 18, 2014
Welfare center managers dismissed for inflating job-placement numbers - The New York World

Somewhere I have a whole collection of stories about corrupted metrics. It is always easier to tweak the numbers than to get the job done.

April 18, 2014
NYC OpenData Catalog | NYC Open Data

This is a poor substitute for real search in Socrata, but it is a complete rundown of all (?) the datasets in the repository, sortable by date added and agency attributed.

April 18, 2014
For the failed visual metaphor files. Via i09

For the failed visual metaphor files. Via i09

April 17, 2014
How one college went from 10% female computer-science majors to 40%

lifeandcode:

mydoctoralresearchinterests:

Women in science!

It’s possible.  It’s not complicated. It just requires a commitment to actually do it.  

 Reblog b/c I know a few of you have been interested in women in CS

April 17, 2014
fastcodesign:

Need a simple tool to create a fantastic data visualization? Here are 30.

There have never been more technologies available to collect, examine, and render data. Here are 30 different notable pieces of data visualization software good for any designer’s repertoire. They’re not just powerful; they’re easy to use. In fact, most of these tools feature simple, point-and-click interfaces, and don’t require that you possess any particular coding knowledge or invest in any significant training. Let the software do the hard work for you. Your client will never know.

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fastcodesign:

Need a simple tool to create a fantastic data visualization? Here are 30.

There have never been more technologies available to collect, examine, and render data. Here are 30 different notable pieces of data visualization software good for any designer’s repertoire. They’re not just powerful; they’re easy to use. In fact, most of these tools feature simple, point-and-click interfaces, and don’t require that you possess any particular coding knowledge or invest in any significant training. Let the software do the hard work for you. Your client will never know.

Read More>

(via notational)

April 15, 2014
skunkbear:

s-c-i-guy:

The Elements According to Relative Abundance
Roughly, the size of an element’s own niche is proportioned to its abundance on Earth’s surface, and in addition, certain chemical similarities. 
source

I’d love to see this same chart for the atmosphere and the core!

skunkbear:

s-c-i-guy:

The Elements According to Relative Abundance

Roughly, the size of an element’s own niche is proportioned to its abundance on Earth’s surface, and in addition, certain chemical similarities. 

source

I’d love to see this same chart for the atmosphere and the core!

8:40pm  |   URL: http://tmblr.co/ZjZlBw1D9syfd
  
Filed under: prompt science 
April 15, 2014

matthurst:

How much does a pizza cost in the city where you live?  The answer may depend on the neighborhood you live in.

Can we talk about how we could do better?

(Source: NPR, via lifeandcode)

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Filed under: Wheelhouse 
April 15, 2014
lifeandcode:

kenyatta:

flatluigi:

stormingtheivory:

So can we talk about the absolutely stunning duplicity going on here?

holy shit

How to lie with statistics: Death In Florida version
btw, a clearer version of this graph is here:


ALWAYS LOOK AT THE BASELINE.  IF THE BASELINE IS NOT ZERO READ VERY VERY CAREFULLY

Charitably, this is a good argument for treading lightly when you decide to rethink the rules of design or flip the axes. Be creative, but don’t forget to be clear.

lifeandcode:

kenyatta:

flatluigi:

stormingtheivory:

So can we talk about the absolutely stunning duplicity going on here?

holy shit

How to lie with statistics: Death In Florida version

btw, a clearer version of this graph is here:

ALWAYS LOOK AT THE BASELINE. IF THE BASELINE IS NOT ZERO READ VERY VERY CAREFULLY

Charitably, this is a good argument for treading lightly when you decide to rethink the rules of design or flip the axes. Be creative, but don’t forget to be clear.

12:48pm  |   URL: http://tmblr.co/ZjZlBw1D7Nef2
  
Filed under: ethics 
April 14, 2014
This Tipping Infographic Shows Who Expects Tips, and How Much

April 14, 2014
WNYC is beefing up its data journalism

Good general interest read.

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Filed under: reading 
April 13, 2014

rinotino:

Screenshot of the new website I’ve launched:

The Data Visualisation Catalogue

(via notational)

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Filed under: useful 
April 13, 2014
jtotheizzoe:

compoundchem:

Version 1 of ‘A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science’. Thanks for everyone’s suggestions earlier in the week, attempted to include as many of them as possible!
Download link here: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-ap

Approach the world with an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.
Here’s a list of tips on how to weigh good science from bad. Combine that with my video on “How to Read Science News" and you’ll be in pretty good shape and shall never be led astray: 


Good advice on getting the story straight.

jtotheizzoe:

compoundchem:

Version 1 of ‘A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science’. Thanks for everyone’s suggestions earlier in the week, attempted to include as many of them as possible!

Download link here: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-ap

Approach the world with an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.

Here’s a list of tips on how to weigh good science from bad. Combine that with my video on “How to Read Science News" and you’ll be in pretty good shape and shall never be led astray: 

Good advice on getting the story straight.

April 13, 2014
Hack Your Bookshelf: Build an Interactive Book Database

lifeandcode:

Skills easily translatable to data journalism in this tutorial.  

silkapp:

If you want to keep track of your reading habits in a new interactive way, this post is just for you. I’ve created this Silk out of my Goodreads account. I will explain how you can do the same in 5 easy steps: from a plain CSV file to an interactive database in a few clicks.

What You…

April 11, 2014
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At the end, I tried to make a more general point, which is of big importance to me, and which I would like to expand on in the following: You will often hear these days, that data visualization is great for “telling stories”, to “make the complex simple” or to “make boring facts exciting”. While this all true to some degree, I think it misses the greatest quality of data visualization today: to provide us with new kinds of “glasses” to see the world.

Joel de Rosnay described a fascinating, futuristic device in 1979: the macroscope. Just like the telescope allows us to see far beyond what our eyes would allow us, into the depths of space, and the microscope allows us to look at the infinitely small, a device called macroscope could allow us to investigate the infinitely complex: society, and nature.

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Well-formed data » Worlds, not stories (via dadatavis)

(via lifeandcode)

April 10, 2014
Doctor-pay trove shows limits of Medicare billing data

Let’s talk about how we could work with data like this, or what we might opt to do with it.