This great sortable database makes it easy to figure out who in the House managed to take the most money from the health industry while voting against healthcare reform. As a bonus, there’s a column noting the percentage of uninsured in their district. The most obvious story I see in this data: Pete Sessions sold out TX-32.
“Python for Informatics” Open Textbook Remixed in 11 Days
This book is a data-focused remix of “Think Python: How to Think like a Computer Scientist,” the book Adrian Holovaty often recommends to journalists who want to get started with Django.
From Journalism to Django, Part One: Prerequisites
Chris Amico is writing a bit of a guide for journalists looking to get started with Django.
How to Make an Interactive Area Graph
Nathan at FlowingData provides this Actionscript/Flash tutorial on how to build a graph that looks a bit like those baby name explorers and unemployment charts you’ve seen lately.
Tokyo | Cairo: Comparing Obama’s Foreign Policy Speeches
Like Wordle? Check out this improvement on the concept, comparing two speeches, or two stories, and mapping the common vocabulary in each. This was done with Processing. (Spotted via infosthetics.com)
How to Make a US County Thematic Map Using Free Tools
Fantastic tutorial using Python, Beautiful Soup, and a few other free ingredients to cook up a visually attractive map.
One book, many readings
Stunning visualizations and analysis of how the narrative options in Choose Your Own Adventure books changed over time. (Spotted via Snarkmarket.)
Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera’s Postseason Performance
Fantastic New York Times graphic detailing every batter Mariano Rivera has ever faced in the postseason.
Data and analysis from the Washington Post on President Obama’s calendar. Who is getting face time, on what topic, for how long, on a daily basis?
Another free Web-based tool to build some simple charts and information visualizations out of spreadsheets.