data, data journalism, data visualization, infographic, journalism

What I learned on misleading data and visualizations at Alberto Cairo’s #visualTrumpery event

Trumpery is not linked to a famous politician. It means something flashy or beautiful, but without content. This is how Doctor Alberto Cairo started his talk in Barcelona last Friday on data visualizations and the challenge of truthful information.

Below 5 takeaways from the event to data journalists on their attitude towards teaching the audience to properly interprete graphs and visualizations:

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data, data journalism, data visualization, HTML, instagram, Interactivity, Javascript, maps, social media

[MUSIC MAP] My summer through Instagram pictures and Spotify songs

I have been experimenting with Instagram, again. This time, I have established a relationship between a picture of the day and a song recently discovered on Spotify through the Discover Weekly feature. The below post would be an example:

Picture + Name/lyrics of the song  + 🎶  + hashtags

 

After gathering the data, I mapped these posts using the Mapbox JS library and I made each song playable on the same window. This is the result:

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Below I explain the process of collecting and mapping the data: 

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How to: build and customise interactive maps on Mapbox

Mapbox is an open source platform that allows users to create, customise and embed maps on websites and visualisations. Their developing tools such as APIs and libraries offer a great interactivity for experienced and beginners developers.

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Here I explain how to build and share the above map in 6 steps:

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How to: create maps with interactive tables from Google spreadsheets

I just discovered Awesome Table, a tool that allows users to visualise Google sheets into maps, tables, graphics, cards, etc. without coding skills.

This gadget contains multiple extensions that make interactivity easy. Geocode, for instance, is an add-on that geolocalises data from the spreadsheet and creates a map with interactive tables.

Here I explain how to do it in 6 steps:

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126 graphics that explain 7 months of my life

After seven months, I will stop publishing My #brummie daily graphic on Instagram. The challenge, explained in this previous post, was to come up with a picture, a graphic or both to visually summarise my days while studying Online Journalism at Birmingham City University.

I posted 126 pictures from October until May. Throughout these months, my Instagram account had a post almost every day. However, this regularity started to disappear due to the lack of interactivity and publishing when combining photos and charts.

I have been storing these posts in a spreadsheet with the Instagram URL and the description. After that, I have been assigning a general topic to each publication.

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