A Tinkerer’s Toolbox:Data Driven Journalism Tony Hirst Dept of Communication and Systems The Open University Visiting Senior Research Fellow, University of Lincoln
Where I situate myself…
Visualising data helps me makesense of the world around me
Do you know what’s possible?
Data Distributions Outliers
Trends and (anti)correlations...
Explanatory visualizationData visualizations that are used totransmit information or a point ofview from the designer to thereader. Explanatory visualizationstypically have a specific “story” orinformation that they are intendedto transmit.Exploratory visualizationData visualizations that are used bythe designer for self-informativepurposes to discover patterns,trends, or sub-problems in adataset. Exploratory visualizationstypically don’t have an already-known story.
Hierarchical data and treemaps - medalsPivot tables
Reporting body Receiving body Data tapData Burdens and FOI
Opening Data Up via FOI
“Public Data” & Social Media Mapping
Emergent views of structural properties
My “journalism” is tracking downtools and working out recipes that help datasets tell stories
Electrical Safety 101We get a lot of stuff fromAsia, so it all comes withfunny plugs, travelling justadds to the fun.Left to right top to bottom wehave:Singapore wall socket UKAdapter UK -> NZ/AUDouble adapter NZ/AUMy cell charger NZ/AUAdapter NZ/AU -> everythingAndreas cell charger EuroCamera charger US tolomea
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