This is my second. Rather than immerse myself in the leagues of bad (and sometimes all-too-good) legal dramas on Netflix streaming, as I did on round one, I've taken the the quiet time as an opportunity to brush up on the tools of our trade.
If you're not already aware of Juice Analytics - they are worth getting to know. With the rallying cry "Your data is meant for action" - the team aims to help you mobilize your data to tell powerful stories. Juice offers a primer in 30 Days to Storytelling with Data. The layout is informal, with a wide range of resources.
I loved it - ploughing through the whole course in three days. Some of the most powerful work samples below:
1) US Gun Deaths: 2010 and 2013 - visualization in terms of years lost, from Slate.com and Periscopic
2010 figures are based on official FBI Crime Reports. 2013 data is real-time, crowd-sourced by tweets to @GunDeaths, an anonymous source which continuously gathers and tweets gun-related deaths in the U.S. As long as a verifiable source is provided, anyone can contribute through Twitter or email.
From Periscopic: "We acknowledge that this data is incomplete. Some of the data may be missing or inaccurate, and many killings are not even reported in an online news source. While this data is less reliable, it provides a real-time window into daily gun violence on a national scale. The FBI 2010 dataset included only homicides. However....suicides are included in this 2013 visualization."
Shockingly, Slate estimates that nearly 60% of gun deaths are suicides, so their inclusion is material, to say the least. Watch the animation below for a poignant and powerful real-time representation.
More from Rosling, the man who "makes data dance" - at GapMinder.