The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations
Welcome back to the 119th 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 this week include the deep ocean, the broad universe and the beauty of music.
It’s the third week of November, which means round three of our #30DayMapChallenge favorites:
Back to the topic that generated the most data visualizations this week: the ongoing military activity between Israel and Hamas. There were several maps showing the Gaza Strip itself, the Hamas tunnels, but also the damaged infrastructure in major cities:
Other maps zoomed out, showing either a broader historical perspective or a broader geopolitical view:
On a global scale, we found a map depicting the worldwide reaction to the war in the form of demonstrations:
Despite the focus on the war between Israel and Hamas, other military operations and battles lead to visualizations,l too. For Africa in particular, we found maps depicting the U.S. battles with Al Qaeda and Islamic State, as well as the affairs of the Wagner Group:
Let’s not forget about the ongoing military operations in the Ukraine:
Another country in the spotlight last week: China. We saw visualizations of China’s military actions, fleet size, and missile range:
Last but not least from the world of politics: government formation. Pedro Sánchez is sworn in as president of the Spanish government and chooses his ministers. So does the President of Brazil, Lula da Silva:
Let’s cut to a deep topic: the ocean:
From depth to height. The next visualizations are all about space and our universe:
Electricity is not only traded, it is changing. The following two charts illustrate the energy trading and transition:
The next cluster can be summarized under the following title: “Line charts – simple but effective”:
Three less simple visualizations animate changes over time, including the German rail network, global interest rates, and land ownership in Warsaw:
Two unusual visualizations deal with education: “Which books are required reading?” and “Where are the school dropouts?”
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.” — Victor Hugo “Visualizations about music express that which cannot be put into words about music” — Us
What is the common factor when we talk about the history of Singapore and the reduction of deforestation in South America? Exactly: Indigenous people.
Other notable data vis of the week covered diabetes in Tunisia, greenhouse gas emissions in various countries around the world, lender profits on Wall Street and child protection processes in Minnesota.
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(she/her) is a working student on Datawrapper’s Communications team. She creates the Data Vis Dispatch to keep data visualization enthusiasts up to date on exciting new projects. When she’s not working, she studies interface design, and when she’s not studying, she’s planning a festival stage or soldering light installations. Vivien lives in Potsdam.