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    DataViz: Matric 2015 pass rate comparison

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    As part of another, bigger, project I was playing around with some ideas in d3.js and created this simple comparison between the provincial pass rates for Matric 2015 and the national pass average. The blue circle is set to equal 100%, no matter how many students there were in each province. The red circle reflects the pass rate for each province as a percentage.

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    (New) Adventures in Ubuntu

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    (New) Adventures in Ubuntu

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    There was a time I was a Linux and free software evangelist. Over the past few years, however, work and life have conspired to make me a Windows user, albeit a reluctant one.
    A few weeks ago I bought a new cheapie laptop (an Acer

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    Hacking education data: a school finder

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    Hacking education data: a school finder

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Earlier this year, as part of another project, I downloaded the South Africa education department’s list of schools. At the same time I had a copy of the 2013 matric results for all public schools (at that stage in PDF format). It occurred to me

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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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    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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    Oscar Pistorius: day 11 morning session in words

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    Oscar Pistorius: day 11 morning session in words

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    We’re into the 11th day of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial and during a particularly long, drawn out pre-lunch session I was messing around with the a large collection of tweets from the morning’s session that I had collected. What to do with almost 10,000

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    Budget 2014 word cloud

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    Budget 2014 word cloud

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Just for fun I decided to make a word cloud out of finance minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2014 budget speech.
    Created using Wordle
     

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    400+ South African journalists on Twitter

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    400+ South African journalists on Twitter

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    The past month has been pretty hectic with big changes afoot on the work front (more on that shortly). As a result of the general mayhem I’ve been ignoring the this blog for far too long. Time to rectify that.
    In my previous post I

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    Using Google Docs to manage Twitter lists

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    Using Google Docs to manage Twitter lists

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Twitter has some pretty cool features for media organisations, among them Twitter lists. One of the best things that news organisations can do with Twitter lists is to “curate” lists of journalists, industry experts or sector commentators (the Guardian’s Climate Change Top 50 is a

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