The data newsletter by @puntofisso.
Welcome to another edition of Quantum of Sollazzo, drafted while I’m starting my first long bout of annual leave in six months! Scroll down for this week’s “Six questions” interviewee, the outstanding Nithya Subramanian, whose data illustration work I’ve been following for a few years.
Matteo Moretti of design studio Sheldon and one of my future “Six questions” interviewees, is leading this very interesting project, Hyperobjects near and far, a design workshop that aims to shorten the distance between people in Venice – tourists and residents alike – to the global phenomena they’re involved with, including global warming and COVID-19. Hyperobject is a term created by philosopher Timothy Morton indicating a phenomena that invisibly conditions our present: we can feel their effects, but not touch or see them.
The pages in Italian have a bit more content than the English version for now (but are easily automatically translated). Keep an eye on it as it promises to be really interesting.
Quite a few jobs are available this week in the data space!
First of all, quite a few roles in the space of graphics and design are being advertised at the Wall Street Journal, as reported by Soph Warnes in this Twitter thread.
Dan Barrett, Head of Data Science at Citizens Advice, is looking for a Data Science Lead.
Last but not least, The Economist is looking for two Data Visualization Trainees, as reported by “Six Questions” graduate (:P) Marie Segger.
All three are fantastic organisations with great data teams – apply, apply, apply and, as Dan says, consider applying even if you don’t think you have all the skills required and approach the job poster for a chat.
Also, wow – a physical event in London on July 27th, with statistician Prof Sir David Spiegehlalter speaking on an intriguing topic: “Naughty Numbers in the News”. Free tickets are available here.
‘till next week,
Automatically translated from the original German, this is one of those spectacular interactive articles by Funke Interaktiv for the Berliner Morgenpost. Explore. Be scared. Take action.
“Hot days, tropical nights, heavy rain: the extreme weather is increasing. Climate researchers are now showing possible changes in the 401 districts and urban districts by the end of the century - and what consistent climate protection can achieve.”
Equaldex reports that “Homosexuality is illegal in 69 countries and punishable by death in 6.“
As usual, Equaldex shows why it’s a great resource for information on LGBT+ related issues.
As you might have heard, Dutch investigative journalist Peter de Vries is fighting for his life after being shot in Amsterdam. Former Bellingcat verification team Henk Van Ess has written two intriguing Twitter threads on how he approached an online investigation to identify the alleged shooter.
“Convert raster images like PNGs, BMPs and JPEGs to scalable vector graphics (SVG, EPS, DXF).“
“Learn about the domain registration history of a given domain name.“
Albeit not fully open/free, this service does give you some credits and it might be useful for investigations.
“The backdrop is: you have been brought in to grow a tiny data team (~4 people) at a mid-stage startup (~$10M annual revenue).“
A great long read Erik Bernhardsson, which comes with strong hints of “The Phoenix Project” (although with a happy ending). It’s full of great quotable excerpts.
(via Guy Lipman)
“In America, UFO sightings peak on the Fourth of July”. The data team at the Economist knows how to have fun.
This also reminds me of a curious story about US President Jimmy Carter, which became known as the Jimmy Carter UFO incident (for extra fun, look for the funnily titled Atlanta Constitution article in the references).
“Across 110 languages, people can describe warm colors (yellow, red) more quickly than cool ones (blue, green). Why? Warm colors are more likely to describe objects (People holding handsCat) & cool ones backgrounds (Deciduous treeWater wave). Industrialization increased the number of objects & thus the colors we name”.
Here’s the tweet and here’s the academic paper.
“When looking at charts about the increase in global temperature, I sometimes find myself asking: What exactly does that mean for people living now — especially younger generations?“
This is a really good chart by Hans Hack at Datawrapper, with methodolgy and data attached. By the way, don’t miss Datawrapper’s regular Data Vis Dispatch.
“A form of computational social science that studies human behavior and cultural trends through the quantitative analysis of street names. Being aware of the origin of street names can transform a simple neighbourhood walk into a trip back through time.” A brilliant project by Daniele Quercia and colleagues, with an interactive explorer, a divulgative article on FastCompany, and an academic paper.
“A 6-week programme to help small newsrooms leverage the power of artificial intelligence. This FREE online programme offers a deep-dive into the potential of artificial intelligence to journalists and media professionals from small newsrooms. It is designed by the JournalismAI team at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and powered by the Google News Initiative.“
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