Author Archives: Claire Gilmore

Testing visualisation tools on the world’s most endangered species

In the Guardian Datastore, I found a spreadsheet outlining the number of endangered species in each country in 2008 and 2009. The document also subdivided the species into groups of mammals, reptiles, birds and so on. Usually, I start data … Continue reading

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How transparent is the data on OpenCharities?

OpenCharities gathers financial data from 319,851 non-profit organisations. However, it’s difficult to draw consistent observations from the data available. Some profiles are incomplete or out-of-date while others include a full financial breakdown. The only figures that are disclosed across the … Continue reading

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Are data visualisations becoming works of art?

A good visualisation should tell a story without becoming one itself. So what happens when you find a graphic so weird and so wonderful that it can only be described as a work of art? The trend for strange-looking graphics … Continue reading

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19th Malofiej International Infographics Awards

Between Monday 21st and Friday 25th March 2011, over a hundred graphics professionals gathered at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, for the 19th Malofiej International Infographics Awards. The event is organised by the Society for News Design and … Continue reading

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Europe’s arms exports to Libya: what’s the best visualisation to use?

The Guardian Datablog recently published data showing Europe’s arms sales to Libya, after the embargo was lifted, between 2005 and 2009. I’ve decided to put three visualisation websites and software to the test: which one will produce the most coherent … Continue reading

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Data Journalism and the 2011 Census

The 2011 Census questionnaires were sent out to UK households from March 7th, ready for completion on March 27th. Because the census only happens every 10 years, this will be the first one since the rise of data transparency. We … Continue reading

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Experimenting with Tableau Public

Unlike Many Eyes or Wordle, you have to install Tableau Public on your computer. This put me off at first but in the end I dowloaded the software. I was immediately struck by how user-friendly it is – once I … Continue reading

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