In this evening’s data journalism workshop we’ll take a look at a couple of tools for mapping: we’ll have a presentation from Javier de la Torre, founder of Vizzuality, on CartoDB, and I’ll lead a brief walk-through that takes some of the data we looked at last week and turns it into a map with Google Fusion Tables and Google Maps.
Some links for tonight:
- Google Refine (the software we used last week)
- New York State traffic fatalities dataset
- Fusion Tables
And some O’Reilly books to get you going:
- Designing Data Visualizations A primer on extracting visualizations from raw data, with a focus on fundamental principles and design.
- Beautiful Visualization Inspiration.
- Visualizing Data An introduction to the Processing programming language, which has become popular for creating both static and interactive visualizations.
- Learning SQL The structured query language that Javier demonstrated in CartoDB shows up in all sorts of databases and database-like software. This is an introduction to standard SQL.
Here’s a sample map of the sort that I’ll build in tonight’s workshop: