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Data Textualisation – Making Human Readable Sense of Data

November 18, 2013
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Data Textualisation – Making Human Readable Sense of Data

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but whilst many of us may get a pre-attentive gut reaction reading from a data set visualised using a chart type we’re familiar with, how many of us actually take the time to read a chart thoroughly and maybe verbalise, even if only to ourselves, what the

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Local Council Spending Data – Time Series Charts

November 6, 2013
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Local Council Spending Data – Time Series Charts

In What Role, If Any, Does Spending Data Have to Play in Local Council Budget Consultations? I started wondering about the extent to which local spending transparency data might play a role in supporting consultation around new budgets. As a first pass, I’ve popped up a quick application up at http://glimmer.rstudio.com/psychemedia/iwspend2013_14/ (shiny code here). You

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Generating d3js Motion Charts from rCharts

November 4, 2013
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Generating d3js Motion Charts from rCharts

Remember Gapminder, the animated motion chart popularised by Hans Rosling in his TED Talks and Joy of Stats TV programme? Well it’s back on TV this week in Don’t Panic – The Truth About Population, a compelling piece of OU/BBC co-produced stats theatre featuring Hans Rosling, and a Pepper’s Ghost illusion brought into the digital

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Negative Payments in Local Spending Data

August 17, 2013
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Negative Payments in Local Spending Data

In anticipation of a new R library from School of Data data diva @mihi_tr that will wrap the OpenSpending API and providing access to OpenSpending.org data directly from within R, I thought I’d start doodling around some ideas raised in Identifying Pieces in the Spending Data Jigsaw. In particular, common payment values, repayments/refunds and “balanced

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Generating Sankey Diagrams from rCharts

July 23, 2013
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Generating Sankey Diagrams from rCharts

A couple of weeks or so ago, I picked up an inlink from an OCLC blog post about Visualizing Network Flows: Library Inter-lending. The post made use of Sankey diagrams to represent borrowing flows, and by implication suggested that the creation of such diagrams is not as easy as it could be… Around the same

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Generating Alerts From Guardian University Tables Data

June 23, 2013
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Generating Alerts From Guardian University Tables Data

One of the things I’ve been pondering with respect to the whole data journalism process is how journalists without a lot of statistical training can quickly get a feel for whether there may be interesting story leads in a dataset, or how they might be able to fashion “alerts” that bring attention to data elements

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Disposable Visual Data Explorers with Shiny – Guardian University Tables 2014

June 21, 2013
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Disposable Visual Data Explorers with Shiny – Guardian University Tables 2014

Have data – now what? Building your own interactive data explorer need not be a chore with the R shiny library… Here’s a quick walkthrough… In Datagrabbing Commonly Formatted Sheets from a Google Spreadsheet – Guardian 2014 University Guide Data, I showed how to grab some data from several dozen commonly formatted sheets in a

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Datagrabbing Commonly Formatted Sheets from a Google Spreadsheet – Guardian 2014 University Guide Data

June 20, 2013
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Datagrabbing Commonly Formatted Sheets from a Google Spreadsheet – Guardian 2014 University Guide Data

So it seems like it’s that time of year when the Guardian publish their university rankings data (Datablog: University guide 2014), which means another opportunity to have a tinker and see what I’ve learned since last year… (Last year’s hack was a Filtering Guardian University Data Every Which Way You Can…, where I had a

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Evaluating Event Impact Through Social Media Follower Histories, With Possible Relevance to cMOOC Learning Analytics

April 21, 2013
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Evaluating Event Impact Through Social Media Follower Histories, With Possible Relevance to cMOOC Learning Analytics

Last year I sat on a couple of panels organised by I’m a Scientist’s Shane McCracken at various science communication conferences. A couple of days ago, I noticed Shane had popped up a post asking Who are you Twitter?, a quick review of a social media mapping exercise carried out on the followers of the

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Estimated Follower Accession Charts for Twitter

April 5, 2013
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Estimated Follower Accession Charts for Twitter

Just over a year or so ago, Mat Morrison/@mediaczar introduced me to a visualisation he’d been working on (How should Page Admins deal with Flame Wars?) that I started to refer to as an accession chart (Visualising Activity Around a Twitter Hashtag or Search Term Using R). The idea is that we provide each entrant

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