Source Project Roundup, Mar 24

Interactive features, data journalism, and best practices


Here’s a handful of inspiring projects that we especially loved and appreciated, these past few weeks.

Brussels Attacks: What Happened, In Photos And Maps

(NPR, March 22, 2016) Clear maps and large aerial and on-the-ground photos convey the scope of damage at a glance.

Who’s Winning? Find Out How Your Income Compares with Every Other Generation

(Guardian, March 7, 2016)
With line charts, small multiples, and a dropdown for age/location, this interactive delivers the good (and bad) news about the economic fate of your generation. (For another age-based interactive, see this one from Vox, along with our Source Q&A)


The Madness Machine

(Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2016)
This March Madness bracket calculator even cares how you feel about Duke.

Mapping New Mexico’s Climate Issues

(New Mexico In Depth, March 10, 2016)
Maps can be powerful clearinghouses for information coming from disparate sources. Here, a map collects vital stories and research about climate change in New Mexico.

After Dominating Super Tuesday, Can Trump and Clinton Be Stopped?

(New York Times, March 8, 2016)
In election season, shifting sands are often the norm. Here, a series of sliders portrays the many possible futures of American politics.


Groundwater Levels Plunge, Contamination Rises, Crisis Grows

(IndiaSpend, March 10, 2016)
Water shortages in India continue to grow, particularly due to depleting groundwater in a country where most farmland isn’t irrigated. Hard numbers and simple visuals highlight the urgency of a burgeoning crisis.

Even More Things

How you weave data into something visual, quite literally.


A five-step recovery plan from Matt Waite, for your post-NICAR life.

And here at OpenNews, we’re cheering for the launch of the Coral Project’s first product, Trust.

Our next community call is Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 12 pm ET, at a shiny new day and time. See you there.




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