It’s getting hot in here

Temperature data - show your stripes

We recently broke temperature records across the UK. But how are our long-term temperature trends changing where you live? Show Your Stripes is a simple, but effective representation of the changing temperatures (in any chosen countries) over the past century. The ‘warming stripe’ graphics are visual representations of the change in temperature, with each stripe representing the temperature in that country averaged over a year. For most countries, the stripes start in the year 1901 and finish in 2018.

Is anonymised data still telling?

“Anonymised” data lies at the heart of modern research and is used in everything from personalised recommendations to modern AI techniques. However, it appears that truly anonymising data is pretty much impossible for any complex dataset. Such sets can be deanonymised. For example, an anonymised Netflix dataset of film ratings was deanonymised by comparing the ratings with public scores on the IMDb film website; while the home addresses of New York taxi drivers were uncovered from a dataset of individual trips. Researchers have now built a model to estimate how easy it would be to deanonymise any arbitrary dataset. And it’s not that hard… “A dataset with 15 demographic attributes, for instance, would render 99.98% of people in Massachusetts unique…” And for smaller populations, it gets even easier.

A blanket of sleep data

Sleep data blanketHere’s some data that every new parent can identify with… Sleep data. New dad Seung Lee kept a detailed diary of his son’s sleeping patterns from birth to his first birthday… Before turning this data into a crocheted blanket!  Each row on the blanket represents a single day, with each stitch representing 6 minutes of time spent awake or asleep. The data was collected on his Baby Connect app and exported as a CSV – which was then filtered and converted to JSON which could then be used for visualisation and tracking… And baby blue blanket… bless. We hope it helps baby Lee catch some z’s. And his dad too…

The Square Density

The Square Density is a fascinating new visualisation that shows the most densely populated spots in some of the biggest cities in the US. Navigate around each city by a map or by density and discover the densest square kilometres in North America… Inspired by Alasdair Rae’s  global gridded population project, Square Density has been created by Garrett Dash Nelson

Now everyone can explore UK trade data

For the first time, Office for National Statistics has brought together goods and service trade data into one interactive map. The interactive World Trade Explorer allows us all to explore how the UK trades with the rest of the world. Last year the UK had a trade deficit, which means we import more from other countries than we export to them. The Trade Explorer brings together economic data, allowing you to easily select a country to see total UK trade with that country broken down by goods and services. You can use this tool below to explore yourself…


Nightingale - Diagram of the Causes of Mortality in the Army in the East”, Florence Nightingale (1858)

“Diagram of the Causes of Mortality in the Army in the East”, Florence Nightingale (1858)

The Data Visualisation Society has launched a brand new journal, which takes its name from pioneering social reformer and passionate statistician Florence Nightingale – the first woman to be voted into the Royal Statistical Society. Nightingale will cover issues in data visualisation for professionals and a general audiences alike — including education, entertainment, history, sports, best practices, new techniques, and other forms of visual information design. The new publication – available via Medium – will “explore the unexplored, to look to the past and dream of the future.”

Posted in Media roundup On July 30, 2019 By