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February 2019 Data Visualization Display @ O’Neill Library

For the rest of January through February, the O’Neill Library digital display (by the POP collection) will showcase a selection of data visualizations that covers a variety of topics, including health, politics, immigration as well as food. Each source is linked to the original site where you can further explore the associated data, visualization, or literature.

2018 Midterm Election

The beginning of a year is always a good time to look back at the past year. 2018 will be remembered in many ways, one thing that reminds us about 2018 is the midterm election which has been one of the most popular topics in the media for quite a while. The visualization by Bloomberg maps the 2018 election for the House, Senate and Governor races. The data provided is extensive and impeccably organized by the three races which can be further broken down by state, races with women, open races, key races, committee chairs, and flipped seats. The map combines a lot of information into one single map in that users can change the view from cartogram to map, and switch between the elections and states easily.

World Coffee Production

Do you like coffee? If so, you will probably find this visualization interesting. Nitin Paighowal visualizes the world’s “Coffee Bean Belt,” which shows areas with the most coffee production. He shows which nations produce the most coffee according to coffee varieties. The visualization was originally created in Tableau and published on Tableau Public. Because of the high popularity, it has been selected as one of the best visualizations of 2018 in Tableau Public Gallery.

Rhythm of food

Powerful data visualization can translate complex information into beautiful visual representations for storytelling. Rhythm of food, a visualization project, created by Google News lab in collaboration with Truth & Beauty, charts 12 years of food related search trends based on Google search data. They collected weekly google trends data for hundreds of dishes and ingredients over 12 years, and plotted the results on a year clock to discover the interplay between seasons, years, holidays and rhythm of food around the world.

Food trends across the country

When it comes to restaurants, every US city has its own favorite(s). Have you ever wondered what the most popular local cuisine is when you travel to a new city? A visualization by Google News Lab and design studio Polygraph will answer your question with a map. In this visualization, you will find out that Boston ranked No.2 for Pizza and No.4 for Burger out of all US cities.

Searching for health

Another visualization that we found was also created with Google search data. Google News Lab, collaborated with Schema and Alberto Cairo to create “Searching for Health”, a visualization that tracks the top searches for common health issues in the United States, from Cancer to Diabetes, and compares them with the actual location of occurrences for those same health conditions. By using data from both Google Trends API and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the visualization allows the reader to find potential geographic relationships between those who search and the actual prevalence of health conditions across the country.

The Simulated Dendrochronology of U.S. Immigration 1790-2016

America is a nation of immigrants, Simulated Dendrochronology of US Immigration visualizes the history of immigration to the United States over the past two centuries. The visualization was created by Pedro Cruz, John Wihbey, Avni Ghael, and Felipe Shibuya from Northeastern University. Data was collected from IPUMS-USA which contains Census data from 1790 to 2016. Pedro Cruz explains the method for creating this visualization in his paper: “Process of Simulating Tree Rings for Immigration in The U.S. A video version of this visualization is also available.

This month’s data visualization blog post was written by Allison Xu (Data and Visualization Librarian). The visualization display was curated by Allison Xu and Anna Kijas (Digital Scholarship Librarian).

Map depicting ICE facilities across the United States

September 2018 Data Visualization Display @ O’Neill Library

During the month of September, the O’Neill Library digital display (by the POP collection) will showcase a selection of data visualizations created by students, scholars, librarians, and developers working around the world. These visualizations demonstrate how data analysis and visualization is used across disciplines and fields. Each source is linked to the original site where you can further explore the associated data, visualization, or literature.

Torn Apart/Separados was created in 6 days through the collaborative efforts of Manan Ahmed, Maira E. Álvarez, Sylvia A. Fernández, Alex Gil, Merisa Martinez, Moacir P. de Sá Pereira, Linda Rodriguez, and Roopika Risam. This project is a response to the United States 2018 Zero Tolerance Policy which resulted in the separation of thousands of children from their parents and families. The team used publicly available data to build the visualization and site with Leaflet, D3.js, Bootstrap, and Jekyll.

Where Historians Work: Careers Beyond the Professoriate is an interactive, online database that catalogues the career outcomes of the 8,515 historians who earned PhDs at U.S. universities from 2004 and 2013. This visualization, created in Tableau, depicts careers pursued by History PhDs beyond the academy. Initial findings are discussed in “Every Historian Counts: A New AHA Database Analyzes Careers for PhDs,” by Emily Swafford and Dylan Ruediger (July 9, 2018). The visualization was created by American Historical Association’s Career Diversity for Historians initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Female Nobel Laureates visualization by David Hoskins (Data Visualizaton Specialist) uses data from 1901 through 2017 to demonstrate the underrepresentation of women, primarily in science, but also other disciplines, who have received the Nobel Prize. The interactive chart was created in Tableau and includes profiles of each female Nobel laureate, including a photo. The dataset was provided by the Midlands Tableau User Group in Nottingham, England.

Crisis in the Humanities is a post by Ben Schmidt (Northeastern University) in which he examines the crisis in the humanities, charting the trends in humanities degrees between 1948 and 2017. Using historical U.S. degree data from NCES-IPEDS, Schmidt uses data analysis and renders visualizations in R to demonstrate how the last five years have been most brutal for humanities majors.

World Cup Most Valuable Players visualizes the players who touched the ball most often during the 2014 and 2018 World Cups. The interactive dashboard uses data from Opta Sports and was created by Felipe Hoffa using BigQuery and Data Studio.