Data Vis Dispatch, July 13

The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations

Welcome back to the fourth edition of Data Vis Dispatch! Every week, we’ll be publishing a collection of the best small and large data visualizations we find, especially from news organizations — to celebrate data journalism, data visualization, simple charts, elaborate maps, and their creators.

Recurring topics for this week include city buildings, hot weather, and, yes, the pandemic.

Heat has been almost as reliable a topic as the pandemic, and this week was no exception. These charts took a look back at June’s record temperatures and the resulting drought — and a look forward to the Olympics and our long-term climate future:

The Financial Times: “This week’s climate graphic looks at the record temperatures reported across the northern hemisphere on June,” July 9 (Tweet)
The Washington Post: Reservoirs are drying up as consequences of the Western drought worsen, July 9
Reuters: Hot and humid Olympic summer, July 7
Berliner Morgenpost: So trifft der Klimawandel Ihre Gegend, July 7 (Tweet)

The built environment had its moment too, with these breakdowns of building stock in US and Spanish cities:

The New York Times: The Downtown Office District Was Vulnerable. Even Before Covid, July 7
La Vanguardia: Barcelona tiene el parque de viviendas más envejecido de España, July 11

In sports this week, we saw the Euro Cup summed up in triangles, the history of Wimbledon wild cards, and a most valuable player where you might not expect one:

Krisztina Szűcs: “I created a gallery of #EURO2020 matches (all after Round of 16). The editable version of this chart will be coming for the Olympics,” July 11 (Tweet)
The Financial Times: Wimbledon wild card success does not disguise financial challenge, July 10
FiveThirtyEight: The Most Valuable Soccer Player In America Is A Goalkeeper, July 9

While others — from industrial pollution to energy sources to regional identity — showed up as maps (and who’s to say you can’t use both?):

ProPublica: The Smoke Comes Every Year. Sugar Companies Say the Air Is Safe., July 8
Bloomberg: Mexico Wind Farms Divide Communities, July 9
Szabad Európa: Mihez kötődnek inkább az EU polgárai?, July 8

Vaccination was the breakout theme of this week’s COVID charts:

El País: Estos son los riesgos y los beneficios de la vacuna contra la covid en los jóvenes, July 8
Reuters: Vaccination burnout?, July 13

While other COVID topics covered undercounted victims, spreading events, and the coming return to office work:

IndiaSpend: Deaths By ‘Unknown Causes’ On National Health Mission Portal 2X Official Covid Toll, July 9
The Economist: In-person voting really did accelerate covid-19’s spread in America, July 10
McKinsey & Company: How employees feel about returning to on-site work, July 10

What else we found interesting

South China Morning Post: The mass arrest of Hong Kong’s opposition figures, July 12
Jason Forrest: “But this chart is a lot more interesting as it shows the output of a typesetter per lighting conditions vs errors,” July 8 (Tweet)

And if that’s enough data visualization for one week, why not take a break with some data sonification over at Loud Numbers podcast? Three episodes are already out with a fourth on its way!

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