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Census Bureau budget cuts

The unexpected resignation of Census director John H. Thompson was likely related to the administration providing only half the requested budget for 2017. Mona Chalabi for The Guardian on why this matters: Budget cuts at the Census Bureau mean counting fewer things. Fair enough right? Except that the subjects that are being targeted for cuts seem conspicuous. So far, the Trump administration has deleted questions on sexual orientation from the...

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Census director resigns

The U.S. Census director John H. Thompson resigned and will leave June 30. Seems not good. And a horrible time for government data in general. The news, which surprised census experts, follows an April congressional budget allocation for the census that critics say is woefully inadequate. And it comes less than a week after a prickly hearing at which Thompson told lawmakers that cost estimates for a new electronic data...

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Charting North Korean Provocations. A Case of ‘The Mondays’?

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Charting South Korean Attitudes Park Geun-hye’s About Impeachment

It’s been a busy few days of reporting in South Korea. The scandal-plagued president, Park Geun-hye, was removed from office on Friday over a corruption scandal that has roiled politics and business in the country during the last six months. Last night, two days after a court’s ruling to remove her, Park finally left the presidential complex. The public overwhelmingly supported Park’s ouster, even if the disgraced leader wasn’t the...

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Participate in the Data Visualization Community Survey

Elijah Meeks is running a detailed survey about data visualization people to gain a better understanding of who we are as a community. The work we do these days spans a wide range of applications, across a wide spectrum of art to analysis, and it should be useful to see the results. Once the survey is done, anonymized survey results will be available to download. But first, make sure you...

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Charting NICAR Attendance, Over the Years

Next week is the Investigative Reporters and Editors annual CAR convention — the gathering of news nerds from across the world to discuss the latest and greatest in data journalism. This year NICAR, as its known among the nerds, is in Jacksonville, Fla. After attending each year since 2006, I had to skip the convention in 2015 and 2016 because I now live in Seoul. But I’m making the long journey...

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Evolution of The New York Times front page

From Josh Begley, this quickfire flip book shows every New York Times front page since 1852. Watch the shift from all words, to a handful of small pictures, to larger pictures, to color, and then more color pictures. It reminds me of the flip book for the Hawaiian Star and the comparison of pages for popular science magazines, which show a similar evolution. Tags: animation, New York Times, news

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Happy Valentine’s Day, America: Charting Our Declining Marriage Rate

It’s Valentine’s Day, a perfect time to note that the marriage rate in the United States has been on a steady decline for decades, save for a brief spike in 2012. So romantic. Here’s the rate per 1,000 people since 1997: You can also view that rate by state. What’s up with you, Hawaii? (I’ve excluded Nevada, which skewed the axes for all the small multiples because of its freewheeling...

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How Common is Your Birthday? This Visualization Might Surprise You

It’s baby season in America, with September the busiest month for births on average in the last two decades. So it seemed like the right time to remix this blog’s most-popular post: How Common is Your Birthday? That old heatmap, which highlighted specific dates for popularity, has been viewed more than 500,000 times here and published across the web. But it was flawed, namely that it used ordinal data (birthday...

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Editing O.J.: Charting Changes to the Infamous Figure’s Wikipedia Page

I’ve just finished watching ESPN’s fabulous O.J.: Made in America, a five-part documentary about the Hall of Fame football player. Somewhere in the process of digesting this latest — and, perhaps, best — telling of O.J.’s story, I scoured Wikipedia for details about his life. I discovered that the page has been edited more than 4,000 times since it went up in 2003, back when Wikipedia user “Vera Cruz” posted...

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