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  1. Draw Your Own Election Adventure

    By Juan Elosua

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    At La Nación, we have been working on real-time coverage of Buenos Aires elections, as well as a more detailed view results once we get data for each polling station. In this post, we’ll to explain our mapping-app innovation that allows readers to choose what parts of the city they are interested in by drawing shapes over a basemap, and then returns custom results for their selected area.

  2. How We Made Losing Ground

    By Brian Jacobs

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    How we tracked down, processed, filtered, revisualized, mashed up, and otherwise handled a boatload of disparate imagery to map changes in the Louisiana coastline backward and forward in time.

  3. Introducing Wherewolf

    By Noah Veltman and Jenny Ye

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    Last week, as part of the OpenNews post-election Code Convening, Jenny Ye and Noah Veltman put the finishing touches on Wherewolf, a JavaScript library that lets you run a boundary service in a browser.

  4. Twitter Mapping: Foundations

    By Simon Rogers

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    Twitter’s data editor lays out the major challenges and opportunities that arise when you set out to map tweets.

  5. Animating Maps with D3 and TopoJSON

    By Roman Kalyakin

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    An exploration of an easy way to animate paths in SVG maps.

  6. Finding Evidence of Climate Change in a Billion Rows of Data

    By Brian Abelson

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    Seeking to contribute to the climate change conversation, the team at Enigma started to brainstorm ways we could produce a data-driven story on how climate change has played out in the United States. Browsing through NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, we discovered the Global Historical Climatology Network which collects, aggregates, and standardizes daily weather information from more than 90,000 weather stations, dating as far back as 1800. While we come across many incredible public datasets in our work at Enigma, this one immediately stood out for its remarkable combination of geographic granularity and temporal breadth

  7. Introducing Landline and Stateline

    By Al Shaw

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    Today we’re releasing code to make it easier for newsrooms to produce maps quickly. Landline is an open source JavaScript library for turning GeoJSON data into browser-based SVG maps. It comes with Stateline, which builds on Landline to create U.S. state and county choropleth maps with very little code out-of-the-box.

  8. A Map That Wasn’t a Map

    By Tasneem Raja

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    If you want to show information with a geographical component, you should start with a map, right? Not so fast, writes Tasneem Raja. Questioning your assumptions can help you make something much more effective.

  9. Choosing the Right Map Projection

    By Michael Corey

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    Michael Corey’s guide to smashing the earth for fun and profit

  10. How We Made “Behind the Bloodshed”

    By Anthony DeBarros, Destin Frasier, Erin Kissane, and Juan Thomassie

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    “Behind the Bloodshed: The Untold Story of America’s Mass Killings,” is a collaboration between the database team at USA Today and Gannett Digital’s interactive applications and design teams. We chatted with Anthony DeBarros of Gannett Digital, with input from colleagues Juan Thomassie and Destin Frasier, on how the project came together.

  11. The Code Behind AJAM’s Displaced Syrians App

    By Michael Keller

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    Al Jazeera America’s Michael Keller introduces the three new open source libraries behind AJA’s displaced Syrians interactive app.

  12. US Elections Roundup, November 2013

    By Erin Kissane

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    A light round of elections were held this week in the US, giving news developers an opportunity to outdo their usual coverage. We’ve rounded up a few highlights.

  13. Let research apps, MVC JavaScript, and APIs work for you

    By Agustin Armendariz, Michael Corey, and Aaron Williams

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    The Center for Investigative Reporting continues their work visualizing Department of Veterans Affairs’ data. Here, they discuss their development process.

  14. Mapping Made Simple, Now with Bonus UI

    By Alan Palazzolo

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    Introducing the double-whammy of Simple Map D3 and Tulip, a new mapping app from MinnPost.

  15. Fast Hacks: Harnessing Google tools for crowdsourced mapping

    By Chris Keller

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    On his second day at KPCC, Chris Keller and team wanted to build a crowdsourced map of experiences at the polls. Here’s how they did it and what they learned for the next election day.

  16. Meet Poderopedia Plug & Play

    By Miguel Paz

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    Let’s say you would like to map politicians and their connections, build a semantic database of companies and top executives in a specific industry, or create a visualization of lobbyists and their clients. With Poderopedia’s free, open source Plug & Play Platform, you can.

  17. Mapping the History of Street Names

    By Noah Veltman

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    OpenNews Fellow Noah Veltman breaks down the design and code decisions behind his History of SF Place Names map.

  18. Replaying A Night in the Life of a Cabbie

    By Dan Schultz

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    At The Boston Globe, I was charged with helping readers understand that struggle—to experience a night in the life of a cab driver—using a digital interactive. The result was published alongside an amazing article by the Globe’s resident journalist-sportswriter-cabbie, Bob Hohler.

  19. Meet Gustavo Faleiros

    By Gustavo Faleiros and Erin Kissane

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    The second in a series of interviews with Knight International Journalism Fellows.

  20. How We Made “Your Warming World”

    By Peter Aldhous, Chris Amico, and Erin Kissane

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    New Scientist’s Peter Aldhous and NPR’s Chris Amico break down the data, mapping, and interface details of their collaboration on Your Warming World.

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