The data newsletter by @puntofisso.
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This is Quantum of Sollazzo, the newsletter about all things data and I am Giuseppe Sollazzo, or @puntofisso. I’ve been sending this newsletter since 2012 as a summary of all the articles with or about data that captured my attention over the previous week. The newsletter is free (but you’re welcome to become a friend via the links below).
Excitingly, yours truly was mentioned by The Economist’s data journalist Marie Segger in her appearance on the Conversations with Data podcast. You should totally read her recent Off The Charts newsletter with some great insight on decluttering charts.
Every week I include a six-question interview with an inspiring data person. This week, I speak with Neil Richards, who’s been gifting the Twittersphere with some awesome Tableau charts over the past few years.
‘till next week,
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“After promising falls in COVID cases in recent weeks, numbers have started to tick back up again in all four UK nations.
But what does the mortality data tell us about the impact of the delta wave so far on deaths across the UK?”
One of those brilliant, illustrated Twitter thread with data analysis by researcher Colin Angus.
“The first major assessment from the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in nearly a decade sees no end to rising temperatures before 2050.“
An interesting look at the IPCC report by Bloomberg, with some pretty good graphics.
The usual great dataviz by the New York Times, this time including animations.
EU Twinnings is a website that allows you to explore the similarity between European regions using Eurostat data.
(Ok, this is an old one and a blatant self-advertisement. But oddly I didn’t have much to link and there might be some news soon about this once-finalist of the EU Datathon. Any idea on how I could improve it is very welcome!)
As Terence Eden notes on Twitter, “The British Library keeps to a ‘safe date’ when determining when a newspaper can be considered to be entirely out-of-copyright, which is 140 years after the date of publication.”, which feels a tad long.
This comes from this announcement about the release of 19th century newspapers.
“Prior to the widespread of computers, graphic calculation methods were a popular means of quickly solving scientific and technical problems, that would otherwise have required tedious calculations. This is distinct from graphical representation of data obtained numerically using computers, that we widely use today, for illustration purposes and to get a qualitative “feeling” of the behaviour of physical quantities as a function of some parameters.“
Basically, nomographs were a way to use graphics in order to derive data, which is conceptually exactly the opposite of data visualization.
An interactive Tableau dataviz by this week’s interviewee Neil Richards.
Quantum of Sollazzo past interviewee Topi Tjukanov has created this pretty cool map that shows where all the players of the UEFA 2020 tournament were born, based on Wikidata.
A fantastic map of indigenous lands, which I’ve just realised had been already covered by Jeremy Singer-Vine in the 24/06/2020 issue of his “Data Is Plural” newsletter (which I warmly recommend).
“We strive to map Indigenous lands in a way that changes, challenges, and improves the way people see the history of their countries and peoples.“
From the Commons Library, this thorough report by Georgina Sturge includes the fantastic chart below.
(h/t Chris Tomlinson)
“We picked three controversial face recognition / person recognition datasets”. Very in-depth Twitter thread by Princeton’s Professor Arvind Narayanan, which summarises their results into dataset bias research (and shows bad retraction practice).
A short video explainer by the Wall Street Journa. A bit scary, to be honest.
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