It's the final weekend before launch, and I have officially run out of time for creating new data visualizations pre-trip. In order to not lose all the research I've done thus far, I compiled a list below of all the data, maps, applications, and tools to come back to when I have some time.
The CDC’s pilot data visualization program offers a series of Tableau charts and data available in raw format. Some interesting datasets include historical infant mortality, drug poisoning mortality, and births to unmarried women. There is a lot here to explore!
A sobering interactive map from the Guardian newspaper showing the number of drug overdoses in America. The user can toggle between 1999 and 2014 to see how dramatically deaths by overdose have risen in a very short period of time.
Receation.gov's tool for finding and reserving campsites. I used the “Build a Trip” function to find sites with and without electric. These publicly-funded sites are often less expensive than private places, but without as much infrastructure. I need electric every three days to recharge my batteries and do laundry.
I just found Shiny this week, and oh, Shiny, how I wish I had found you sooner. This free development tool builds HTML visualizations on top of R analyses, and can incorporate d3, Leaflet, and Google Sheets. R is a favorite statistical package of mine, so stay tuned for more!
Anything MIT’s Knight Lab does is interesting. I’d like to use this timeline creation tool to describe the major events of September-December 1960 (according to Wikipedia) and then compare it to the same months in 2016. KnightLabs also published libraries for Storymaps and Juxtapose tools. I am using the story map library to document my journey.