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2019-12-03 | J++ Newsletter #83

Save your Google data

Fusion Tables can be automaticallty exported to Google Sheets.

First things first: If you still have stuff on Google Fusion Tables that you want to save for the future, TODAY (December 3) is the last day to export your data ahead of the shutdown.
Some different export options are outlined here:
https://support.google.com/fusiontables/answer/2548807
https://fusiontables-archive.withgoogle.com/
https://takeout.google.com/

That last link takes you to Google Takeout. where you can fetch all you Google-data. That's anyway worth doing occasionally, just in case.

Vizualisation


A vizualisation by Chris Newell and Giles Whittell (Tortoise Media) of climate mentions in Brittish party manifestos has made the rounds rcently. Here it comes again, just in case you missed it. It's quite brilliant in all its simplicity:
https://members.tortoisemedia.com/2019/11/27/climate-election/content.html?sig=sgLRy-vdk3qcc3cd-57mjU5z23fBlIwRBaY0MgsN-3Y


The EU dataviz conference recently took place in Luxembourg, and all the presentations are available as either slideshows or recording on their site. There's a lot of interesting stuff in there. (We like this one, for instance, on meaningful and pointless maps: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1e-uPepL5SnO94X_MxPmpDvFMtQDUatVzm07vVuWUpI4)

https://op.europa.eu/en/web/eudataviz/home
 

Tools


Datawrapper is our tool of choice for quick, no-frills data visualization at J++. Two good pieces of news came from them in the past weeks:

1. The tool is now available through an API, which means you'll be able to create charts with code.
https://blog.datawrapper.de/new-api-Datawrapper-chart-creation-automation/

2. The free account was expanded with, among other thing, the right to create unlimited charts and do png exports
https://blog.datawrapper.de/create-data-visualization-for-free/

Quantum Computing!

Who's going to be the first data journalist to put quantum computing to use? Amazon just announced a quantum computing cloud service, less than a year after IBM started selling computing time at their Q System One (yes, this was an April fools joke some years ago, and yes, it's for real now). The set of problems where this kind of hardware is even potentially useful is not yet very large, of course, but we're sure someone will come up with something.
https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-braket-get-started-with-quantum-computing/

And while you wait to for an invitation to test the AWS Braket service, you can improve you quantum computing skills in the Brakets game (by Chris Ferrie). It's a great way to get an intuitive understanding of what quantium computing actually is!
https://github.com/csferrie/Brakets/
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