Final Projects (2013)

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Remove your proposal and post your final project by May 3 noon:
• name
• project title
• brief description (w/data sources)
• link to files/site

Include data sources, credits, etc. in your project.

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United States Hackerspaces
More then just a passing fad, hackerpaces are becoming a
mainstay in many cities around the globe.
Saini, Angela. DIY Gadgetry. BBC News. June 19, 2009.

Tatiana McLauchlan

Tidal Patterns: Philadelphia. Research source:

(Tidal Patterns |  Description)

Patricia Roth: Korea

What was once one folk with a shared culture and with the same prerequisites, got divided in the aftermath of the Cold War. The evolving different political and economical developments had also massive effects on the social lives of the Koreans. Each page of this book shows a socioeconomic figure, that differs in great extent from one country to the other. The disparity between the two countries is expressed in a fold that stands back by percentage to the other country.
data source: CIA – World Factbook

Jennie Shapira

Falling Behind: A Visualisation of My Recent Sleep Patterns and Proclivity to Fall Behind.
Sources: , Personal Records

Samantha Swee Merritt

“Generative Poetry” : A visualization that allows the audience to explore the entire body of my fiction writing from high school to college, through generating their own poetry through a randomization of lines from my works.  Meant to explore the ideas behind Kenneth Goldsmith’s ‘Uncreative Writing.’

Celia Lewis
“The Wharton MBA Difference”
A data visualization of the costs of pursuing a Wharton MBA, with particular emphasis on those choosing to pursue a career in social impact upon graduation.
Sources: Various ones sited in the final visualization, major ones include: Wharton MBA Career Services Report 2012 and Bendheim Loan Foregiveness Program applicant data

Lauren Hallden-Abberton: The Safety Project: Visualizing Freelisting Data (video)
Posters (pdf)

Freelisting is a qualitative research method that is used to better understand how a term or concept is understood by a group of people. For this project, each student in the Qualitative Methods Research Class (SW781) here at Penn recruited between 3 and 5 members of the Penn community (n=104) and asked them to answer 2 freelisting questions designed to explore the meaning of safety. To visualize the differences in responses between genders of participants, I created the video presentation linked above. The video, along with two posters explaining the research methods, were on display in the lobby of the Caster Building in the School of Social Policy and Practice. I worked with Dr. Rosemary Frasso, who teaches the Qualitative Methods Research course.

Jason Rudin, “We Didn’t Start the Fire” Visualized (pdf)

“We Didn’t Start The Fire,” writen in 1989 by Billy Joel, tells the story of history from 1949-1989 through the eyes of the songwriter. Esstentially a list of items put to music, the song is jampacked with 119 snippets from 40 years of history. While the song presents an interesting overview, it can leave the listener wanting for more. This visualization provides the context and information around each lyric, to allow the listener to better understand history through Billy Joel’s eyes. Dates, pictures, and a description now accompany each item as it is presented.



Katherine Eisenberg, Brain Drain: Mozambique (pdf)

The term “brain drain” refers to the mass emigration of trained individuals from low-income countries to nations that can offer better pay. As a result, many nations suffer from a shortage of skilled professionals. This interactive shows the brain drain phenomenon as it relates to trained medical graduates from Mozambique, the highest victim of brain drain in Africa, to various other nations.


WHO Website

New data on African health professionals abroad, by Michael A. Clemens and Gunilla Pettersson

Initial Proposal:

An Atlas of Health Care Statistics Proposal

Kevin Shen

The Pulse of the New York Times

The New York Times published over 90,000 articles in 2012. This visualization reveals the frequency at which countries and geographic locations were discussed in these 90,000 articles. The first mode presents a globe with countries’ frequency represented by color intensity; the second presents more precise cities and places of interest represented as pinpoints of light. Clicking and dragging rotates the globe; clicking on a country links to a random article about that country.

Sources: NYT Developer API and Natural Earth

Maggie Goldstone

Purebred Dog Index

This visualization intends to provide a way to group different kinds of dogs by common factors between them. This guides the learning by going from category to multiple breeds, rather than focusing on one breed at a time. The information used was compiled from as well as the American Kennel Club.

Abigail Seligsohn – Maker Subculture  Final Project

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