Data visualisation – one issue, three representations

For some reason I thought I had done this post some time back – but I hadn’t so here it is. Sorry!

The distribution of third-sector grants by London Borough of Tower Hamlets council is an issue I have been covering for quite some time on my hyperlocal site Love Wapping.

I don’t want to duplicate all the content of the original blog posts here but simply highlight three different ways of visualising the same issue in different ways.

1. Draw a bar chart.

Tower Hamlets council grants distribution by electoral ward
Tower Hamlets council grants distribution by electoral ward – click to view larger image.

 

Original post: Tower Hamlets council grants distribution by electoral ward

2. Draw another bar chart.

Tower Hamlets grants compared to quality of life indicators
Tower Hamlets grants compared to quality of life indicators – click to view larger image.

 

Original post: Tower Hamlets grants compared to quality of life indicators

3. Create a nice map

Original post: Child poverty in Tower Hamlets mapped by ward

Different but the same

Why three visualisations?

Simple. The core subject is too complex to explain in one visualisation.

The data for all three is slightly different but overlaps.

Also as I am not, the last time I checked, a national newsroom, I don’t really have the luxury of devoting lots of time to experimenting with sophisticated D3 work.

The story needs to be covered as it breaks and the data becomes available and or makes sense.

Most importantly any data visualisation needs to be appropriate for the intended audience. The people who are most interested in the grant funding issue are Tower Hamlets residents (‘cos it’s their money) and it does not need extensive user testing to discover that they just want something to look at and get the story.

Down the road, time and circumstances permitting, I may come back to this specific issue and see what else I can do with it.

But for the moment I have other data stories to work on.