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The refugee crisis: six ways to visualise the UNHCR data

More than a million refugees and migrants came to Europe in 2015, what is considered the worst refugee crisis since the World War II. Visualisations are a powerful way to contextualise the data and analyse the magnitude of the tragedy. In this list I have collected 6 data visualisations projects about the refugee crisis. All of them use …

How to: use maps effectively to explain stories

Image of the project BIG TIME BCN by 300.000 Km/s about Barcelona’s Heritage Catalogue.

Everybody loves maps, which makes them an attractive tool for journalists. Geography professors Sébastien Caquard and William Cartwright have analysed the relationship between maps and narratives, and they agree that maps are an extraordinary tool to explain stories. “The potential of maps to both decipher and tell stories is virtually unlimited. Maps can contribute to leaving cartographic …

Kumu.io, a data visualisation tool to shape complex relationships

As journalists know, connections can be key when investigating a person, company or government. Kumu.io is a free tool to visualise easily relationships or organisational charts. These diagrams can be useful to illustrate a story or to organise notes and findings. How to use Kumu.io First of all, you need to create an account. Go to the main page of …

How to: convert KML into other formats with Open Refine

Original image by GotCredit/Flickr Maps are a powerful tool to visualise data because they can explain stories with a high level of detail. You can show the data within countries, regions or even electoral wards. The only thing you need to know is how to work with KML files. The open source data cleaning tool Open Refine can help …