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Education disparities

There are many racial disparities in education. ProPublica shows estimates for the gaps: Based on civil rights data released by the U.S. Department of Education, ProPublica has built an interactive database to examine racial disparities in educational opportunities and school discipline. Look up more than 96,000 individual public and charter schools and 17,000 districts to...

Education disparities

There are many racial disparities in education. ProPublica shows estimates for the gaps: Based on civil rights data released by the U.S. Department of Education, ProPublica has built an interactive database to examine racial disparities in educational opportunities and school discipline. Look up more than 96,000 individual public and charter schools and 17,000 districts to see how they compare with their counterparts. Using white students as the baseline, compare opportunity,...

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A closer look at the U.S.-Mexico border

The Washington Post provides a flyover view of the barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s a combination of satellite imagery, path overlays, and information panels as you scroll. It gives an inkling of an idea of the challenges involved when people try to cross the border. Tags: border, satellite imagery, Washington Post

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✚ Data Graphics Workflow

As I worked on a wide range of charts recently, I got to thinking about workflow. How does one get from dataset to finished data graphic? This is my process. Read More

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Ask the Question, Visualize the Answer

Let's work through a practical example to see how asking and answering questions helps guide you towards more focused data graphics. Read More

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Optimized bubble tea consumption

When you drink bubble tea, ideally you’d like to finish with the same proportions of boba and tea that you started at. Krist Wongsuphasawat took care of the math and provides a simulator for this ever important challenge: This article simulates an optimized sip based on amount of boba and tea in the straw before sipping (method adopted from this post). The simulation assumes that all bobas sit in the...

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Information is Beautiful Awards – Your Chance to Vote

Some of the year’s best data-visualizations, interactives and scrollytellings have made the Information is Beautiful Awards 2018 Shortlist.  Voting is now open to decide which works will win the Community Award at our ceremony in New York on Dec 4th. Plus your vote and all other visitor clicks represent five virtual people on our panel of 45+ expert judges. Find and vote for your favourites here: » Arts, Entertainment & Culture...

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Mapping all the buildings

A few months back, Microsoft released a comprehensive dataset that included the estimated footprints of all of the buildings in the United States. The New York Times mapped all of it. The footnote says a lot about their attention to detail: In some cases, the building shapes generated by Microsoft’s automated process do not match the existing building footprints exactly. We manually corrected as many of these mistakes as we...

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Mapping predominant race block by block

Based on data from the Census Bureau, National Geographic mapped predominant race in 11 million administrative regions in the United States. Many of the regions are the size of a single block. Looking at the national overview, the country looks predominantly white (represented blue), but as you zoom in for more details, you start to see the mix. Tags: National Geographic, race

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Create your own visual journal of data

Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec continue on their path of Dear Data with a book that you draw in: Observe, Collect, Draw! The first section describes some of the basics of journaling with data and how you can use various visual encodings. However, the main part of the book is a journal that guides you through collection and the visual encodings that Lupi and Posavec used with their postcards. First,...

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✚ No Data, Chart Dies

If the charts themselves are fairly straightforward without any dubious design choices, are you still "lying with charts" when only the data itself was manipulated? Read More

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