Re-Tweetable: Beautiful Mapping Project from The Washington Post

Just yesterday, Tim Meko from the Washington Post published a beautiful visualization project of our nation’s infrastructure. As President-elect Donald Trump plans to invest billions of dollars into policies that will “[t]ransform America’s crumbling infrastructure.”

Meko looks at six visualizations of the nation’s infrastructure based on data gathered from OpenStreetMap and other government sources. Included are visualizations of: the electric grid with electric transmission lines, bridges with those that are in need of repair distinguished as such, pipelines (crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas byproducts all included), railroads, major and minor airports with air traffic patterns, and ports and inland water ways.

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Re-Tweetable: More on the Topic of Names

Though this tweet is recent, the article is from two years ago so some of the numbers may be slightly off. Still, the story reveals the trends of popular names through the years.

FiveThirtyEight reporters Nate Silver and Allison McCann took the data collected by the Social Security Administration on names of American babies dating back to 1880 and combined it with the SSA’s estimations of how many Americans born each year are still alive. In doing so, they were able to determine the numbers and ages of living people with each name.

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Re-Tweetable: Max Galka’s Interactive Graphic

Max Galka (@galka_max) is a data visualization aficionado, an entrepreneur and a Huffington Post contributor. Plus, he and his Twitter feed provide me with an endless source of maps, cartograms and inspiration.

This particular tweet immediately grabbed my attention because of the amount of information that it provides. The interactive visual morphs the world map into cartograms distorted based on 6 different considerations. Galka configured the graphic with data on countries’ GDP, debt, population, births, wealth, and billionaires.

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