Five days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Barack Obama delivered remarks in which he stressed that, this time, the national conversation about guns must lead to action. The fact that this problem is complex, he said sternly, can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing….
Children shot accidentally — usually by other children — are collateral casualties of the accessibility of guns in America, their deaths at once heart-rending and eminently preventable.
We compared the CEO income of each Fortune 100 company to their average worker’s salary to reveal whoâs ratios are most extreme.
Quartz’s D3 Tool which seems very cool but generates static graphics which I think might defeat the beauty of D3, at least for me.
Brian Abelson on measuring engagement with news apps, which is great and you should read it.
LA Time’s DocumentCloud Python library isn’t exactly the “super basic API implementation” I was looking for, but with their library, you don’t need my how-to post.
Jonathan Stray on being lied to by data (and how to avoid it). I might make that required reading this semester.
Apply to be a Tumblr Fellow at the Personal Democracy Forum!
How is technology changing society, politics and civic life? Thats the question tackled every summer at the Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) conference at NYU. If it’s also a question that gets you excited, then you’ll be happy to know that Tumblr and PDF are teaming up to offer conference fellowships that cover the full registration costs and a meal with the team from Tumblr at PDF13. Ten applicants will be selected to attend this year’s conference on June 6-7.
We’re looking for people and organizations who are using technology and social media in innovative, meaningful ways to affect positive change. If that’s you, apply by taking a few minutes to fill out this brief form.
The deadline for applications is 6pm EST on Friday, April 26th, 2013. Winners will be notified the following week.
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Sometimes chart junk has a place.
Tables in a PDF? No problem. Take a look at the demo or get working with your own install.
I’ve secretly had an account since just before NICAR and I’m smitten. Well done Manuel Aristarán, Mike Tigas, Jerey B. Merrill, La Nación and ProPublica.
Chicago Transit Authority president Forrest Claypool had some biting words for the Chicago Sun-Times — on its own pages.
On Thursday, the CTA chief penned a letter to the editor, chastising the newspaper’s article on CTA crime that ran on Tuesday.
Crime data is complicated. Fare evasion is a crime but does a rise therein mean I need to clutch my purse tighter?
At NICAR 2013, there were lots of great sessions how to work with data effectively, talking about things like where to find good data and how to do sound statistical analysis for journalism. There’s also an important and time-consuming middle piece: you just got some very raw data, and before…
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Every Wikipedia entry has an optional feature we take for granted—geotagging. An entry on the Lincoln Memorial will be linked to its specific latitude and longitude in Washington D.C. On any individual post, this may or may not be a useful thing. But what about looking at these locations en masse?
That was a question asked by data viz specialist and programmer Olivier Beauchesne. To find out, he downloaded all of Wikipedia (it’s open-source, after all) then used an algorithm that would assemble 300 topical clusters from popular, related keywords. Then he placed the location of each article in these topical clusters on a map. What he found was astounding.
“Eventually, Beauchesne’s maps evolve to something more than the locations of everything in the world. They become the locations of, quite simply, everything we know.”
Cell Phone Disco is a surface that visualizes the electromagnetic field of an active mobile phone. Several thousand lights illuminate when you make or receive a phone call in the vicinity of the installation. Cell Phone Disco makes an invisible property of the environment perceptible to our senses. It reveals the communicating body of the mobile phone.
Cell Phone Disco » ABOUT, via Dan W.
Looking for a winter break project? Here are two:
Two: Use census data about county-level populations and incomes to help people figure out whether or not they’re rich. Play around with defining your terms: are you rich if you earn more than $250,000? What if you earn twice the local median household income?
Not sure where to start? Try some pseudocode. What’s the math? What would you need to look up? From there you can try to write your first django app (or, try it in Rails, but I’m no good with Rails). If that’s all already over your head, take a step back. Note that Zed Shaw recommends that you type everything yourself instead of cutting and pasting. Heed that recommendation. Your goal here is to learn a new skill, not to get to the end of the tutorial.