There’s been some great animated maps in the data viz world of late. Most notably this stunner by John Muyskens for the Washington Post, showing the diverted flight paths of planes getting themselves into the line of the recent solar eclipse. What’s more it was made with R and ggplot2! Have a look here: Hundreds of aircraft flocked to the moon’s shadow during Monday’s eclipse. Animation by @JohnMuyskens Data courtesy of @flightradar24 pic.
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Background I really liked this blogpost by Peter Ellis that was recently brought to my attention by everyone’s favourite #rstats tweeter, Mara Averick: ???? code-through: “Inter-country inequality and the World Development Indicators” by @ellis2013nz https://t.co/zIjgqjPqKc #rstats #dataviz pic.twitter.com/h1sUfO2PPJ — Mara Averick (@dataandme) July 22, 2017

In the post, Peter recreates some of the charts from Branko Milanovic’s highly acclaimed book ‘Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization’ using World Development Indicator data from the World Bank.
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TL;DR If you’re looking for a tool to scrape all the posts in facebook page/group with a link and have the data presented to you in a searchable, filterable table then check out the shiny app I made for this purpose by clicking on the image below (very niche market, I know).

If however, that’s not why you’re here, and would like to look at some interesting ways of visualising social media data (or any kind of events over time data), please read on.
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Background I recently came across Eric Fisher’s brilliant collection of dot density maps that show racial and ethnic divisions within US cities. His work was inspired by Bill Rankin’s Map of Chicago that was made in 2009. Bill makes some salient points in this video about the limitations of choropleth mapping (where boundaries are filled with one colour based on one variable) and how it has a tendancy to “reinforce political ideals of national determination and ethinic homogeneity.
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Digging into some electoral data The 2017 election is hardly interesting, from a data perspective. We all know the map will be mostly blue with some red blobs and a yellow top. Like Maggie Simpson, as the Radio Times pointed out… It’s often the same with research and data we use for business. Research teams carefully construct management reports each month but when little changes, not much attention is paid. Considering how much we paid for the data, or how much is traded on it, that feels like a missed opportunity.
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Hello from Culture of Insight! Welcome to our new blog. We are a data visualisation consultancy based in London, helping some of the UK’s top companies turn their data into insight. For more information about what we do you can check out our main site. Here we’ll be showcasing some of work in amongst our general musings on all things data, analytics, programming (#rstats), and design. Thanks for your interest in Culture of Insight, stop by again soon!
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