Data Collection

I now have all my data, and I have an awful lot of it. This isn’t even everything I’ve got:

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I’ve gathered nearly of my recent data from the World Bank website, it allows the option to download very specific pieces of data, and that function will save me a considerable amount of time. The data is already pretty clean too, which really helps. Now all I need to do is decide which data best expresses what I want to express, or see what patterns emerge.

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Maps, Maps, More Maps

Using Tableau Public, I have created some visually interesting maps showing commercial water usage worldwide, links here;

I’m sure water usage, especially excessive freshwater usage for economic reasons is contributing to environmental degradation, and I have included research in my thesis relating to this, link here;

An interesting development is in the combinations of data available, and the implications of that. I have found data about alternative and nuclear energy lumped together, and also about communicable diseases and nutrition conditions. While I understand there is some logic to these groupings, it also skews the data. As far as I am concerned, nuclear energy should not be considered “ethical” or environmentally sustainable, it produces huge amounts of impossible to dispose of waste, and has lasting consequences for the environment and for human health. The only connecting factor here is that the fuel types are not fossil fuels, but unless we can see the breakdown within that data, we can’t really get a clear picture of ethical, environmentally sustainable energy use.

In other news, I created a gorgeous map using Tableau, but it won’t let me save it. Typical.


I give up with the World Bank’s tool. They can keep it…tempting me with their beautiful maps and then keeping them just out of reach. Life is too short. Tableau I forgive you for the previous trauma, and I return, shame-faced, to your warmth and understanding.

Now Data Viz Whiz?

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Data Viz Whiz

Relying very heavily on a previous (incredibly traumatic and not in any way life-affirming) experience with a data viz project using Tableau Public, I have now created two fairly passable data visualisations, of which I am more proud than is decent. Voila!

….Coming in the next post…I spoke waaaay to soon.


Permalink for this beauty, if it will just embed, all my prayers will be answered and life will be good again…..

This is nothing except incredibly frustrating, I can’t see any reason why the code isn’t working, the code is good. When I paste the code from the website into WordPress it deletes the <iframe> bit. Very annoying, and even when I put it back manually it doesn’t work.

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More Maps

So it seems creating maps with the World Bank data viz tool is easy, and I really like the tool. It doesn’t mess about, and unlike many tools I have used, (Datawrapper, Tableau Public, Open Heat Maps, and more) it seems to be quite intuitive.

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The maps are lovely, but it just will not let me properly download them, and only seems to allow saving within the website, which is really frustrating.

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If I could download or embed these maps, then I would absolutely use this tool and all the data from this website for my final piece, because they are some of the most visually attractive I have come across. Combine that with the ease of creation and lack of need for the laborious and somewhat soul-destroying task of data cleaning, then this tool would win hands down.

Nothing is ever easy in the world of data viz. Who said robots were set to take over the world? Not yet, not yet…..