Category: Government and Public Data

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The Social Media Race

One of the hallmarks of President Obama's 2008 campaign was the devotion he paid to his followers on social media. Without a doubt, the race would have been considerably closer without the enthusiasm and strength of his social community. However, according to a new blog post by Anthony Calabrese on PBS Media Shift, the tables may ...

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Where is the Tea Party at?

Devin Burghart and Leonard Zeskind are devoted to studying the Tea Party, its supporters and its effect on American society. An integral part of that study is working with Tea Party data- in this case, membership data for different Tea Party groups. Take a look at the viz below to see membership across the country.
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Using Bar Charts in Tooltips

Effectively displaying a large amount of information in a small amount of space can be incredibly difficult. Tooltips, the pop-ups that you see when you hover over an object, are an excellent way to achieve this. Until now, tool tips have been confined to text. This is normally sufficient, but in some cases a visual display of the ...

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Bar charts on a map?

You cannot put a bar chart on a map with Tableau, but now there is an alternative that can accomplish the same task for some applications. The view you see below was created by Vanya Tucherov and Raif Majeed, two of our resident dev-hero's, using Gantt bars instead of pie charts.
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Who pays for the Tea Party?

More time and discussion has been devoted to the Tea Party during this election than perhaps any other issue. The fierce anti-tax movement has ignited the ire of Democrats and Republicans alike, but also inspired millions of Americans eager for an alternative to big government. But what does it mean to be a Tea Party candidate? By ...

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Did Your School Get a Passing Grade?

When bad students get their report cards, some stuff the evidence in the bottom of their backpacks and hope no one will be the wiser. Thanks to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, local schools have no such option when the Texas Education Agency posts its annual school ...

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