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February 10, 2016


The UpShot, NYTimes

Groundhog data, NOAA

Polling data and resources, Monmouth University Polling

Ellis Island passenger data, Annenberg Policy Center, UPenn

UPenn Admissions data

Global Voices – alternative world news source

World Well-Bing Project, UPenn

Top 20 Body Image Words

February 10, 2016


Natalia Juncadella’s Girl Talk (2014), mapping the top 20 body image words used by females across ages (13–64).

Body Image Words from:
Data provided by: World Well-Being Project,

What is a user story?

February 9, 2016

A user story is a brief description (a few sentences) that describes what users can expect from a certain product. The term is most frequently used in software development, and can also be used for data design.

The overall structure of a user story is: As a <role>, I can <action> so that <benefit/purpose>. Each user story should only cover 1 functionality/purpose.

I want to know ___ so I can better understand ___ and create a visualization that ___.

As an example, a user story for the Firearms and Frappuchino visualization might be:

As a user, I want to type in my hometown in the search bar to find out the distribution of gun dealers and Starbucks shops in a 30-mile radius.

If your visualization has a display-on-hover feature, a user story might be:

As a user, I want to hover over specific icons to reveal additional information about that subject.

For Thursday’s class develop some user stories that describe your plans for project 2.

Here’s a sample regarding a Van Pelt Library visualization:

I want to know how much students use the Borrow Direct system so I can understand Penn Library’s relation with other schools’ libraries.

• What books (and their genres) are borrowed from other schools the most?

• Which books are lent out from Penn to other schools the most?

• Which schools do we borrow from the most?


Links mentioned in today’s presentation

February 9, 2016

Here are the links that Lauris and Debra mentioned during their presentation today:

Debra Bishov, Teaching & Research Technologies Librarian, can be reached at:

The Internet in Real-Time

February 9, 2016

Click the animation to open the full version (via Penny Stocks).

Which States Cruz, Trump and Rubio Need to Win

February 8, 2016

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Culturegraphy: 100 years of movie references

February 8, 2016

This interactive visualization displaying when and how much one movie gets referenced by other movies. It also includes a section for People.


This video/article explains the different features of the visualization




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