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2021-10-14 | J++ Newsletter #118

Inspiration


538 recently launched a service for monitoring gerrymandering in the US, by checking for each change to an electoral boundary if it is likely to favour Democrats or Republicans. While gerrymandering is somewhat extreme in the US, it's certainly something to keep an eye on elsewhere too, and the methodology used by 538 is worth checking out!
https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/redistricting-2022-maps/

We should probably stop talking about the German elections, after spending the last newsletter on it, but we just can't help ourselves.
Just look at this piece from Der Tagesspiegel; They used an image recognition tool (nowadays there are tons of tools and more or less trained models ready to use) to look at campaign images. Useful? Maybe. Fun? Definitely!
https://interaktiv.tagesspiegel.de/lab/bildanalyse-wahlkampf-50-shades-of-power/

If you missed the recently viral tv series heatmap by Jim Vallandingham, do check it out! It's one of those dead simple, yet brilliant ideas that you wish you came up with yourself. And the format easily lends itself to other datasets!
https://vallandingham.me/seriesheat/#/?id=tt0096697
 

Accessibility


Providing alt texts for images is probably one of the first things that come to mind, when thinking about accessibility. But how does a descriptive alt text, or caption, for a chart look? MIT just published a study that starts by looking at one of the most used covid-19 visualisations: The ”flatten the curve” chart.
https://news.mit.edu/2021/data-visualizations-accessible-blind-1012
Full study: http://vis.csail.mit.edu/pubs/vis-text-model/
 

Events


The Malofiej infographics award/conference won't be back in a while. After already being postpones due to the corona crisis, it is now cancelled, or at least indefinitely postponed.
https://www.malofiejgraphics.com/awards/malofiej-postponed/2021/10

Are you working with a news startup? Then the Tiny News Collective has the online event for you coming up:
https://twitter.com/tinynewsco/status/1447622431238144009
Sign-up link: https://tnc-community-call.paperform.co/
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