Discover the Wealth & Health of Nations

Hans Rosling, a pioneer in Data visualisation, has died. An opportunity to highlight once again his outstanding contribution in the field of data visualisation, the project Gapminder World in particular:

Hate the electoral system in the U.S.?

The choice of the electoral system is never innocent. In fact, it shapes strongly the electoral outcome, as an article recently published by the Washington Post shows. As a political scientist, I regret that the authors ignore effects as for example the choice of the electoral system on the voter turnout, which may affect the result as well. Nevertheless, it remains a highly interesting simulation, illustrated with very strong maps.

Here’s who could have been President of the United States under other setups – a great contribution from the Washington Post you should not miss.

Wo an der publizistischen Zukunft gewerkelt wird: im Labor der New York Times Research & Development group. Von tagging-Werkzeugen über Leseranalysen bis zu neuen Möglichkeiten, Vergangenes und Verblichenes zurück an die Oberfläche zu holen – die NYT gibt auf ihrer neuen Lab-site tolle Einblicke in ihre Arbeit und einen Vorgeschmack auf das, was uns vielleicht eines Tages erreichen wird. Auf jeden Fall einen Besuch wert:

Where everyone in the world is migrating—in one gorgeous chart

Don’t miss that:

Data Visualizations from the New York Times


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Everyone loves a good data visualization.  And everyone loves a good data visualization even more if the visualization is interactive.  Unfortunately, I can’t embed an interactive visualization above, but click on it to link to the interactive version.  The circles represent the volume of traffic at airports around the U.S.  Clicking on a circle reveals all of the connecting flights to that airport.  I’m sure you could get this information out of some kind of heinous Excel spreadsheet, but this format is way more engaging.

This is why I was attracted to this year’s Wherry Lecture, which is hosted by the Departments of Statistics and Psychology at Ohio State.  The speaker was Amanda Cox from the New York Times‘ graphics department who spoke about the Times‘ use of data visualizations.  Amanda shared many examples that illustrated the importance of context, how a good visualization sometimes limits the…

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Qui a peur de l’étranger ?

Avec une grande probabilité celui qui n’habite pas les centres, et qui profite de la productivité des autres :