Data Visualization and D3.js Newsletter Issue 8 Weekly Data Visualization and D3.js Newsletter

Hi Friends -

Welcome to the eighth issue of's Weekly Newsletter .

Onwards to this week's links...


  • Kind of 3D with D3
    TopoJSON, D3.js & D3.Geo.Paths => NASA Near Earth Observation - Cloud Optical Thickness using Orthographic projection...
  • Data Visualization is a Halfway House
    This is a phrase that has stuck with me since Tim O’Reilly uttered some form of it two years ago. Tim was talking about online cartography, saying it’s not the maps that matter: it’s getting to our destination...

Data Visualization Reading and Videos

  • Walmart Store Openings Growth Video (USA - 1962 to 2007)
    The other day at work, I made this video showing the opening of Wal-mart retail locations over time. It’s pretty fun to watch how it starts very slowly with the first location in Arkansas in 1962 and then spreads into different regions over time.
  • Six ways data journalism is making sense of the world, around the world
    When I wrote that Radar was investigating data journalism and asked for your favorite examples of good work, we heard back from around the world. I received emails ..... that featured data visualization, explored the role of data in government accountability, and shared how open data can revolutionize environmental reporting...
  • Data visualization with empty chairs: A place to remember
    This is data visualization with empty chairs. It was the Christmas Holiday campaign from TAC Road Safety, the Transport Accident Commission in Victoria region in Australia. A 65m long table complete with 257 empty chairs sits as a grim reminder of the road toll in 2012. Each empty place remembers a life lost on Victorian roads.

D3.js Reading and Videos

  • Using Word Clouds for Topic Modeling Results
    A year ago, I painstakingly formatted the topic modeling results from MALLET so that I could paste them, one by one, into Wordle.....Fortunately, Jason Davies built an incredibly robust word cloud layout for D3...
  • Simple CartoDB + D3 earthquake example
    Using CartoDB’s SQL API, you can load GeoJSON straight from your CartoDB table into your D3 application. CartoDB will turn any of your geometries into valid GeoJSON on the fly through the SQL API. All you have to do is include the format=geojson parameter on your requests. From there, making maps is simple and you can use D3’s Ajax support to directly access your data...


That's the news that's fit for sharing this week.  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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