Who’s your Data?

Data visualizations are becoming more and more popular with the rise of access to information. People can now easily scrape websites for information instead of running numbers. They can even put together a story that includes a lot of analysis, but in a way that is easy for readers to interpret.

BBC is no exception when it come to data visualizations, but I was a little surprised as to how long it took me to find an article with graphs or charts. It wasn’t easy, but I was able to dig my way through enough articles and links that I found two articles that stood out.

Scientist have recently discovered that the more popular an animal is the greater the disadvantage they have. Thus, the more popular the animal the more likely they are to be in danger of extinction. Researchers surveyed participants about whether they thought the animal was extinct or not. The results were very surprising. In the graph below we are looking at the percentage of people that answered ‘no’ stating that they did not think these animals were endangered:

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This graph allows readers to understand how many people believe that these animals are okay. That is not the case. The data visualization allows readers to comprehend how serious this issue is around the world.

The second article I found was solely about data visualizations to explain how the NHS is in trouble. Every section of the piece was accompanied by a graph of some form. Check out the ten charts here. 

Overall, BBC writes many articles that could use data visualizations. The fact it was difficult to find a chart makes me think BBC is a little behind in the game.

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