Editor’s note: this was an assignment for my master’s class. The entire visualization can be seen here.
Election day is a wonderful day for data. There are so many numbers. How many people are voting. How many Republicans are voting. How many Democrats are voting. How many young people are voting. How many old people are voting. You get the picture. And that’s before you even get to the results.
It’s a great day for media outlets to showcase their tools and data specialists. In preparation for Tuesday, November 4, The New York Times has pulled together a national list of races and referenda. It is a lengthy list, but it has anchor tags and a drop down list to allow you to jump to specific states.
The promise has been made that on election day – and more likely, election night – this page will update continuously. It’s unclear presently how those results will be displayed, but the template has been built. It will be fun to see how it plays out – the data, not the races. Though there are plenty of exciting races, too.
This afternoon I saw a tweet that said something to the effect of, “This new OK Go video shows why every journalist should have a drone.” Because I am in a program in which a faculty member has purchased a drone, I kept it in mind to look at later.
Tonight I was able to watch it, and oh my goodness…
First of all, it’s all one shot. That in itself is amazing. But the entire thing is shot with a drone. And as for data visualization, watch to the end and see how well they took a concept and executed it with dozens of people. (Maybe I should count just how many are in that closing sequence, because it’s amazing.)
I could definitely see this being a way a journalist showed how something like Ebola spread – take one person, spread it to another, put the drone higher in the sky and keep broadening the circle. But it really could be anything, Ebola is just an easy go-to topic these days.
But I’ll stop blabbering and just let you watch for yourself. Enjoy!