Things You Made, Feb 21
Interactive features, project breakdowns, and best practices
We’ve returned from roundup hiatus with a new website, a new OpenNews, a bunch of great columnists and new writers, and the another batch of excellent new things you made. Sign up now to get this roundup in your inbox every other week.
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What You’ve Been Making
A handful of the projects that came across the feeds in the last couple of weeks.
How America’s Tallest Dam Nearly Overflowed
(Reveal, February 17, 2017)
Charting creeping water levels, and the forces at work on the Oroville Dam.
Will the Police Believe You?
(The Globe and Mail, February 3, 2017)
Detailed visualizations of data on sexual assaults across Canada.
(WAMU, January 30, 2017)
The transit system’s repair schedule, and how it affects riders, in game form.
How China Rules the Waves
(Financial Times, January 12, 2017)
China’s global port network, and how it all connects.
Trump’s Anti-Immigration Playbook was Written 100 years ago. In Boston.
(Boston Globe, January, 2017)
Unpacking how we got here, with beautifully styled visuals.
You Wrote Up Awesome Things for Us, Too
On Source, we…relaunched Source. And also published writeups, primers, and columns. Don’t miss:
- Lam Thuy Vo on making an anxiety-producing Twitter-trolling simulator
- Sara Simon on building a hyper-detailed vote tracker
- Stacy-Marie Ishmael on why your newsroom should forget chatbots and get on Amazon Echo and Google Home
- Kavya Sukumar on how her Vox team built a transcription-annotation tool with all open-source and free code
- Martin Shelton on responsible tooling for secure communications with sensitive sources
- a report-back from an emergency data-rescue event from Dan Phiffer
As always, we want to hear about your work—pitch us or send in your code.
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