Data Visualization and D3.js Newsletter Issue 68 Weekly Data Visualization and D3.js Newsletter

Hi Friends -

Welcome to the sixty-eighth issue of's Weekly Newsletter

Onwards to this week's links...


  • Let's Make a Bar Chart with Lyra
    Arvind Satyanarayan, UW Interactive Data Lab, released an alpha version of Lyra that promises to be a way to create complex data visualizations without code...I wanted to see what would be required to create a really basic bar chart – as a way to start to learn more about this interesting tool.

Data Visualization Reading and Videos

  • NewsVis - The Directory of News Visualizations is the directory of data visualizations used in the news that collects pointers to data visualizations and explanatory graphics in the news. It is not a directory for infographics, photos, slide shows, etc
  • Paper.JS VS. Processing.JS VS. Raphaël
    Paper.js, Processing.js and Raphaël are leading libraries for drawing on the Web right now. Before drawing anything in a browser, ask yourself three questions: a) Do you need to support older browsers?, b) Do you need to support Android? and c) Is your drawing interactive?
  • Data Stories #33: HelpMeViz w/ Jon Schwabish
    Data Stories is a bi-weekly podcast on data visualization with Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner. This episode Jon Schwabish, an economist who specializes in data visualization for politics and economics, is interviewed. You can see some of his work in the blog he writes called Policyviz.
  • A Tale Of Two Cities’ Maps: Dataviz Is A Garden, Not Architecture
    Stamen Design Eric Rodenbeck, CEO, and Beth Schechter, Education and Outreach, offer a fundamental insight to inform data strategy: think about the future – how you will maintain your visualization outputs and capabilities (both human and technical) on a shifting landscape.

D3.js Reading and Videos

  • Introduction To D3.js
    Introduction to D3.js Presentation Slides from the 2014 NICAR conference as given by Irene Ros from Bocoup.
  • Rendering scikit Decision Trees In D3.js
    Scikit-learn provides routines to export decision trees to a format called Graphviz, although typically this is used to provide an image of a chart...There are many awesome interactive tree examples with D3.js and the example that follows will show how to link these two products together.
  • Gmail Data Visualization With D3.js
    Google now allows gmail users to download a complete archive of their Google Services from Google Takeout. I downloaded a copy of my gmail account and decided to poke around a bit and visualize the data using D3.js.
  • Visualizing Big Data On Small Devices
    In this post, we'll focus on transforming big data into smaller data for reporting and visualization by discussing the ideal architecture, as well as present a case study.
Hope that you had a great past week and that next week is even better!

Wishing you the best, 
Sebastian Gutierrez

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