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    Data Viz: What happens when countries rely on coal to grow their economies?

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Laura Grant and I have just finished a brand new data and visualisation project on the effect coal has on carbon emissions in Bric countries. The data part was all the work of Laura while I spent a lot of time scratching my head of D3.js code (I’m still no expert but I learned a lot).

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    Easy map visualisations with Mapstarter

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    Easy map visualisations with Mapstarter

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    In the world of data visualisation d3.js is the toolset of choice for most interactive journalists. But D3 also comes with a steep learning curve that makes it relatively inaccessible to the average journalist with just a small amount of coding experience.
    I’ve done some very basic

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    Tour de France in numbers

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    Tour de France in numbers

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    So the tour is under way. Some numbers:

    Learn About Tableau

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    Learning curves, and graphs

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    Learning curves, and graphs

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    I’m rather pleased with this interactive graph, not because it’s particularly good but because it’s my first foray into D3.js.

    Over the past few months I’ve been doing a lot of data-based work and while there are some excellent data visualisation tools available on

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    Nkandla vs. Oscar Pistorius in tweets

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    Nkandla vs. Oscar Pistorius in tweets

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Earlier this week I put together a small set of scripts to track the amount of attention the Oscar Pistorius trial was getting in Twitter. With not only local but also international audiences keen to follow the murder trial of the celebrity athlete it wasn’t

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    Setting PDF data free with Tabula

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    Setting PDF data free with Tabula

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    This week I spent some time working on an education project I have been dabbling with for a few weeks. Inevitably I eventually hit the PDF wall. The only place to get the extra data I needed to move the project forward was locked

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    Fusion Tables and KML files: a primer

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    This is a simple guide to creating an interactive map using Google’s Fusion Tables. I’m doing this guide because it took me absolute ages to get my head around this and once I did I realised how unbelievably simple the process is. So it’s time

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    Data journ: Sifting through a website to find files of a specific format

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    Data journ: Sifting through a website to find files of a specific format

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Sometimes the hardest, or at least most time-consuming, part of data journalism is getting your hands on the data. This is particularly the case when you’re dealing with organisations and government departments that are not overly keen to have their data scrutinised. Take, for example, the

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    Making data science fun

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    Making data science fun

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    I’m a geek at heart. I may work in the world of media but I suspect I’m more of a geek than I ever realised. This occurred to me recently while watching an episode of Triangulation, a fantastic podcast run by Leo Laporte. In this

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    Interactive news graphic puts readers in the picture

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    Interactive news graphic puts readers in the picture

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    There is only one story right now and that is the death of Osama bin Laden. So how to stand out from the crowd?
    The New York Times has a new take on reader feedback in the opinion poll it published today. The mood-meter (for lack

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