Posts Tagged ‘wash post’

On the Map: Five Major North Korean Prison Camps (Wash Post)

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

[Editor's note: This interactive map from The Washington Post examines political prison camps were opponents or fallen favorites of the regime in Pyongyang are forced to do slave labour. Great use of Google Earth to generate the 3d scene, combined with Natural Scene Designer. Kudos to Kat and Laris for a great presentation.]

Republished from The Washington Post.

North Korea has operated political prison camps for more than 50 years, twice as long as the Gulag in the former Soviet Union. People suspected of opposing the government are forced to do slave labor in the camps, which hold an estimated 200,000 prisoners. Great use of Google Earth to generate the 3d scene, combined with Natural Scene Designer. North Korea’s government says the camps don’t exist, but high-resolution satellite images show otherwise.

Interact with the original at Washington Post . . .

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Map: Where has Obama been in Washington? Where do you want him to go? (Wash Post)

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

[Editor's note: This interactive Google mashup builds off some code I programmed last year. I still like how the map snaps back to the original position after the info window closes. Kudos to Gene Thorp!]

Republished from The Washington Post.
Related articles:

According to whom you ask, President Obama has either embraced the D.C. area more than any other recent president or is falling well short of the full Washingtonian-status they had hoped the city-loving First Family might embrace. This map highlights most of the president’s stops in and around Washington to date, as well as some suggestions for the Obamas’ future dining from Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema. Click on an icon to learn more about the president’s visit or Sietsema’s recommendation. And please use the comments box to suggest eateries, date-night venues, cultural events and other local outings for the president. We’ll add the most promising recommendations to the map on Monday.

Screenshot below. Interact with the original at The Washington Post . . .

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Map: Network of Special Lanes (Wash Post)

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

[Editor's note: Great map by Laris Karklis.]

Republished from The Washington Post. By Ashley Halsey III.
Related article: A Fast Track To Bus

A proposal that would use $300 million of federal stimulus money to optimize bus service is under review today. Enhancements to bus corridors and a reconfiguration of K Street are among the central elements of proposed improvements.

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North Korea Issues Heated Warning to South (Wash Post)

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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[Editor's note: The Egypt-Sudan boundary post reminds me that North Korea says it will no longer respect the legal status of the five islands South Korea administers west of the South's mainland allocated during the 1953 armistice that halted the Korean War. So many small details.]

Republished from The Washington Post.
By Blaine Harden. Wednesday, May 27, 2009

TOKYO, May 27 — North Korea announced Wednesday that it is no longer bound by the 1953 armistice that halted the Korean War, the latest and most profound diplomatic aftershock from the country’s latest nuclear test two days earlier.

North Korea also warned that it would respond “with a powerful military strike” should its ships be stopped by international forces trying to stop the export of missiles and weapons of mass destruction.

The twin declarations, delivered by the country’s state news agency, followed South Korea’s announcement Tuesday that it would join the navies that will stop and inspect suspicious ships at sea. North Korea has repeatedly said that such participation would be a “declaration of war.”

They followed other developments in North Korea that have added to the sense of jangled nerves across northeast Asia since Monday’s underground nuclear test.

Continue reading at The Washington Post . . .

Using Data Visualization as a Reporting Tool Can Reveal Story’s Shape (Poynter)

Friday, June 26th, 2009

[Editor's note: My colleague Sarah Cohen at The Washington Post was recently interviewed by Poynter about creating data visualizations to help readers understand and reporters research complicated stories. Sarah is on her way to a big new gig at Duke University.]

Republished from Poynter.
By Steve Myers at 6:12 AM on Apr. 14, 2009

Readers have come to rely on interactive presentations to understand complicated stories, using them to zoom in on periods of time and highlight areas of interest. Yet to investigate these stories, reporters often create what amounts to handcrafted investigative art: flow charts with circles and arrows, maps shaded with highlighters and stuck with pins.

More and more, though, some reporters are using data visualization tools to find the story hidden in the data. Those tools help them discover patterns and focus their reporting on particular places and times. Many of the presentations, which can have rough interfaces or less-than-sleek design, are never published.

At the recent National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) conference, Sarah Cohen, database editor for The Washington Post‘s investigative team — and recently named professor of computational journalism at Duke University — showed how reporters can use interactive graphics for their exploratory reporting. [PDF]

Cohen described this approach to me via e-mail. Here’s an edited version of our exchange.

Steve Myers: How would creating a digital, visual representation of data help a reporter? What does it tell you that you wouldn’t be able to find otherwise?

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Sarah Cohen: The same way that visualizations and graphics help readers cut through a lot of clutter and display dense information in an efficient way. The most common things that early visualizations help with are place and time — two of the most important elements in reporting a complex story. Those two things are really hard to see in text. They’re really, really hard to see in combination. So the graphics can show you where to go to find your subjects or where to go to find the most typical subjects. They can also show you when the story you are trying to find peaked. Put them together, and you can start finding the very best examples for your story.

That’s pretty general, so let me give you a couple of examples. During a story on disaster payments in the farm subsidy system, we wanted to make sure that we went to places that had received the payments year after year after year. Using a database, we could find farms that had received multiple payments pretty easily. But looking at repeated images of density maps that I made of the payments, it was really obvious where to go — specific areas of North Dakota and Kansas.

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Cohen used density maps to figure out what areas of the country had received disaster payments year after year.


In another example, we were working last year on a story on practices used by landlords to empty their buildings, partly in order to avoid strict laws on condo conversions (visualizations: research version, published version. We knew one neighborhood of the city was Ground Zero — an area called Columbia Heights, in Northwest D.C. But making an interactive map with a slider that showed the timing, we could see that it was moving into other areas of the city, especially in Southeast. We could also quickly see that the most affluent areas of the city had none of them.

Continue reading at Poynter . . .

Top 10 Choke Points (Washington Post)

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

[Editor's note: This map is an example of direct annotation of a schematic flow diagram with real world map coordinates. Better than a list, better than interactive roll overs. All in a static graphic!]

Republished from The Washington Post.

Despite an overall decrease in traffic congestion, there are still spots where traffic regularly comes to a crawl during peak periods. Here are the 10 worst traffic choke points in the region. These areas are characterized by severe congestion and extended delays – car speed ranged from 10 to 20 miles per hour, with 115 to 100 cars per mile, per lane.

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Family Gets a New Address In Bethesda — Without Moving (Wash Post)

Friday, June 19th, 2009

newbethesdaaddress[Editor's note: Street addresses are just mental convienences, after all. Why don't we all memorize our longitude and latitude coordinates, yo?]

Republished from The Washington Post.
By Miranda S. Spivack. Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It was painful enough for the Beyersdorfer family to learn that Montgomery County had approved a builder’s plans to tear down their neighbor’s house and replace it with two larger ones. But then, on May 29, came a terse form letter with startling news:

Effective immediately, the address for the suburban split-level the Beyersdorfers have occupied for 43 years is no longer 6211 Wedgewood Rd. That address now belongs to one of the two unbuilt houses next door. The Beyersdorfer house has been bumped to 6213.

It was, the letter said, simply a matter of public safety. The numbering system is designed to help emergency vehicle drivers easily find addresses, the letter said, and a sequential system is the best way to do that.

Or, as a county planning official told Anne Beyersdorfer one recent day as she questioned the decision, “sometimes you just don’t have any options.” And no, the county doesn’t allow 6209 1/2 or 6209A and 6209B.

“That’s just rude,” Beyersdorfer said. “How can there be no options?”

Continue reading at The Washington Post . . .

First Look at Natural Earth Vector

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Tom Patterson and I collaborated on the precursor to his first Natural Earth Raster project several years ago and we now preview Natural Earth Raster + Vector, a new free product due Fall 2009 that complements and expands on the previous work by providing detailed GIS linework at the 1:15,000,000 (1:15 million) scale and new versions of the raster product (including cross-blended hyspometric tints). The Washington Post, where I work, is contributing 2 more vector GIS base maps at the 1:50m and 1:110m scales and new versions of Natural Earth Raster will be released for those scales. This is a NACIS and mapgiving co-branded product with assistance from the University of Wisconson-Madison cartography lab, Florida State University, and others.

Please attend the October NACIS 2009 map conference in Sacramento, California for the unveiling.

More description and preview images after the jump.

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INTERACTIVE: In Search of Health-Care Reform (Kelso via Wash Post)

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

[Editor's note: This panel-based audio narrative tracks the debate over reforming the United States health-care system, one of the most expensive in the world. The interactive was conceptualized in tandem with a large, full page print graphic and related article.]

Republished from The Washington Post. June 9, 2009

President Obama campaigned on promises to improve the nation’s health system. This summer, Congress will attempt to deliver on the pledge. Remaking a sector that represents one-fifth of the nation’s economy won’t be easy. Here’s a look at the present health system and its challenges, along with some of the solutions under consideration.

Screenshot below. Interact with the original . . .

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SOURCES: Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Management and Budget, Kaiser Family Foundation, Alliance for Health Reform, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Senate Finance Committee, Commonwealth Fund

Interactive by Karen Yourish, Laura Stanton, Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso, Sarah Lovenheim and Ceci Connolly — The Washington Post

SND Multimedia Award: Head Count – Tracking Obama’s Appointments

Friday, June 5th, 2009

My group interactive Head Count – Tracking Obama’s Appointments from March 2009 received an award from the SND: The Best of Multimedia Design Competition Q1 2009 in the 2a “news” category. This makes it eligible for the annual contest. Not bad for a project that’s gotten over 500,000 page views in 3 months!

Judges Comments:
An incredible set of data coupled with innovative presentation, tracking mechanisms and layers of detailed biographic and editorial information.Comprehensive, sophisticated example of a database-driven graphic. So much information, so many ways to explore it. The cross-linking and interconnectedness of the information is impressive. All in all, an impressive database graphic.

See my earlier post about this project.