Pleased I made time this weekend to watch this documentary on data journalism by Geoff McGhee. I came across it on Flowing Data (thanks guys:) who name-check some of the people interviewed:
Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viègas kick things off with some of the work they did with IBM. Then it’s Ben Fry from Fathom, then Jeffrey Heer from Stanford, and then Steve Duenes, Matt Ericson, and Amanda Cox of The New York Times. Later on, there’s some Nicholas Felton on his Feltron Reportand Eric Rodenbeck of Stamen, with several others.
You can watch it below, but I recommend viewing the annotated version which adds links and references as you go. It’s really nicely done.
I grabbed a few links provided in the tools section:
- Protovis: composes custom views of data with simple marks such as bars and dots. Unlike low-level graphics libraries that quickly become tedious for visualization, Protovis defines marks through dynamic properties that encode data, allowing inheritance, scales and layouts to simplify construction.
- Knight Foundation Tutorials on Data Visualisation
- Uuorld.com : Explain the world with maps
- Google Charts.
- Journalists’ Toolbox: Writing with Numbers
- Just Plain Data Analysis
While we’re on data, New Zealanders have an opportunity to hear from data journalist David McCandless, author of Information is Beautiful, in February when he appears as a speaker at the Webstock conference. I’m looking forward to it.
Here’s David doing a TED talk: