Data Vis Dispatch, October 31

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

Welcome back to the 116th 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 aging populations around the world (except Africa), music and entertainment, and the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas:

But let’s begin this Dispatch with a gentle start. What do you know about your neighbors? Two interactive maps analyze neighborhoods in detail:

The New York Times: An Extremely Detailed Map of New York City Neighborhoods, October 29 Barrio rico, barrio pobre: el nuevo mapa de la renta en España, calle a calle, October 30

We still have a lot to report about the war between Israel and Hamas. One graphic in particular helped me to understand the international relations in this conflict:

Le Monde: Israël-Palestine: qui soutient qui, qui est l’ennemi de qui ? La complexe mosaïque des relations diplomatiques au Proche-Orient, October 30

Israel began a full ground invasion of the Gaza Strip this week, while Hamas and Hezbollah continue their rocket attacks:

The New York Times: A Detailed Satellite View of Israel’s Invasion, October 31
The Wall Street Journal: Israeli Ground Operation Pushes Deeper Into Gaza, October 29
Bloomberg: How This Israel-Hamas Conflict Is Like Nothing That’s Happened Before, October 29
The Economist: The firepower of Iran-backed militias, in maps, October 25

Meanwhile other visualizations show the aid routes to Gaza, as well as the status quo of its infrastructure and population:

The Wall Street Journal: Gaza Hospitals, Shelters Cut Back on Services as Fuel Runs Short, October 27
USA Today: Satellite images show how aid is being delivered to Gaza — and how much more is needed, October 25
The Washington Post: See how Israel’s siege has plunged Gaza into darkness and isolation, October 27
Financial Times: Gaza: the history of an embattled territory, October 27

Population is a topic we were seeing all over the world this week. Basically every country is aging — except in Africa:

Folha de S.Paulo: Entenda os números por idade e sexo do Censo 2022 do IBGE, October 27
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Deutschland, deine Zukunft, October 27
The New York Times: The World Is Becoming More African, October 28

Cut to environmental topics — in particular wind, water and fire disasters:

Financial Times: ‘Nightmare’ hurricane Otis leaves 39 dead in Mexico, October 30
Reuters: Rehabilitating Lahaina, October 25
The Marshall Project: In Harm’s Way, October 24

Talking about environmental catastrophes, it’s almost inevitable to talk about climate change. And while talking about climate change, we need to talk about CO₂:

Zeit Online: Straßenbau könnte dem Klima viel mehr schaden als angenommen, October 27
Kontinentalist: Clearing the air, October 25

In the past two weeks we saw charts of election results in Switzerland and Poland. Now there’s been time to evaluate that data in more detail, with maps of changing voter behavior and charts about the relative size of different legislatures:

Radio Télévision Suisse: La gauche submergée par la vague UDC dans la majorité des communes, October 24
Gazeta Wyborcza: Ministerstwa i parlamenty. Jak się utrze nowy rząd?, October 30

One issue in U.S. politics deserves special attention this week. After a mass shooting in Maine on October 25, several visualizations dealt with American gun laws and gun deaths:

The Washington Post: Tracking mass gun violence in America, October 30
Data Vandals: “Did you know the USA has seen a 500% increase in the amount of guns manufactured in the last 20 years?” October 28 (Tweet)
Le Monde: Tuerie de masse dans le Maine: Lewiston parmi les plus meurtrières depuis dix ans aux Etats-Unis, October 27

We stay in the U.S., but transition to the financial sector. Apparently, money is tight everywhere except among American consumers:

Financial Times: Why is the US economy so resilient?, October 27
Prinz Magtulis 프린즈: “What recession? A blockbuster Q3 GDP growth is just one good economic data that shows the U.S. economy is far from recession as projected by analysts this year. Key indicators tracked by @nberpubs to declare recession are on a growth path in 2023, unlike previous recessions,” October 28 (Tweet)

From music catalogs to spending in Disneyland, the next group will entertain you:

Bloomberg: Taylor Swift Hits Billionaire Status as Net Worth Surges With Eras Tour Success, October 26
Denise Lu: Pavement, October 25
The Pudding: You should look at this chart about music genres, October 25
Bloomberg: At $40,000, Luxury Disney World Vacations Drain Wallets of Die-Hards, October 29

While we’re in the realm of consumption, there’s one thing we can’t miss — drinking:

Mabu News: 치맥 불가능… 치킨 먹을 때 맥주를 마실 수 없게 된다면?, October 26
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Die ungestillte Lust aufs Mineralwasser, October 30

We end this week with a fully visualized story about hiking in Hong Kong and where Nobel Prize winners lived when receiving their award:

South China Morning Post: Hong Kong’s extreme trails and irresponsible hikers are a risky combination, October 31
Átlátszó: A Nobel-díjasok harmada nem a saját hazájában élve kapta meg a kitüntetést, October 27

Tricked! We’re not done yet. Since today is the spookiest day of the entire year, we’ll end this week’s Dispatch with a Halloween illustration:

The Washington Post: An illustrated guide to surviving an attack by Dracula, the Mummy and other monsters, October 28

What else we found interesting

La Vanguardia: Miyazaki, dios de lo inmenso y lo minúsculo, October 29 Internet Artifacts, October 25
Reuters: Disney’s 100 years: Meeting change with innovation, October 26

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