What happens when you ask Google Maps for the location of zombies around the world?
The Revolutions Were Tweeted — an stunning visualization of information flows on Twitter during the 2011 Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings. Go play.
One of my favorite data graphics is an interactive piece by The New York Times that shows how Americans spend their day, based on the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). I’ve also been wanting to play with Mike Bostock’s Data-Driven Documents, or D3 for short, for a while now. So put the two together, and this is what I got.
Core77 Design Award 2011: Lit, Student Winner for Interactive/Web/Mobile
Lit is a tool for location-based literary research that enables users to explore books by locations contained in them on a multi-touch table. The system displays all the locations in any given book by little points on the map. Curved lines connect these to a scrollable ring, which represents the book.
Derek Watkins put together this video visualizing the expansion of the United States from 1700 to 1900 through the establishment of post offices.
- 4 August - Mark Duggan, 29, is shot dead by police at Ferry Lane, Tottenham. (profile)
- 6 August - Duggan’s family formaly identify his body. Around 300 people gather outside Tottenham police station wanting “justice”. Bottles are being thrown and it begins.
(it’s unclear who started. There are various reports online that give the blame to either the police or the protesters)
Pictures: Tottenham before & after
Article: Tottenham Riots - a peaceful protest, then suddenly all hell broke loose
- 7 August - Investigation starts after all the fires are under control. 26 police officers where injured, 55 arrests where made. Local MP David Lammy tells that community has “had the heart ripped out of it”. Later that day reports come of of windows being smashed and looting has started in various areas of London (Brixton, and more)
Pictures: Further outbreaks of violence and looting in London
Article: Second night of violence in London - and this time it was organised
- 8 August - Various police officers are injured. Scotland Yard talks about “copycat criminal activity across London in small and mobile groups.” Police talks about gangs of youth. Current reports in twitter talk of more riots in London, also possible in Birmingham (x) & Leeds.
Interesting reads (all from The Guardian):
- Brixton: could it happen again? 30 years after the riots
- Looting ‘fuelled by social exclusion’
- There is a context to London’s riots that can’t be ignored
Keep up to date:
Also (unconfirmed), apparently during the two days of riots in London, more has been destroyed than during the demonstrations in Egypt & Tunisia.
Visualizing ten years of violence against journalists in Afghanistan
Internews and Nai, an Afghan media advocacy organization, have collected hundreds of reports of threats, intimidation, and violence faced by journalists in Afghanistan. We recently announced a new site, data.nai.org.af, which features 10 years of these reports. While Nai’s data previously resided in spreadsheets, the new site allows the public to access hundreds of reports through visualizations and to download it directly. With this site we’re raising the profile of media freedom in a country often characterized as among the most dangerous in the world for journalists.
Take, for example, the case of Omaid Khpalwak, a reporter with Pajhwok Afghan News who died recently in an attack on Tarin Kot, capital of Uruzgan.
Freelance journalists are among the top five groups experiencing violence. The others are formal news organizations.
For data wranglers, Internews and Nai are releasing the data in .csv and .geoJSON formats.
You can explore the infographic and export the data here.
I’m not the squealing type, but couldn’t help but let out a delighted squeak at the sight of this illustration of famous writers’ favorite snacks by Wendy MacNaughton for the New York Times. MacNaughton confesses to munching on garlic croutons as she works, which I can totally get behind. Personally, I go for Red Vines.
The Clear Congress Project by Thomas Gibes is a real-time visualization of US Congress data made available through the Sunlight Labs’ Real Time Congress API, Google News, Twitter, and other data sources. The aim of the project is to serve as a possible model for facilitating governmental transparency beyond simple data access by proposing a new format for polical news distribution.