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Multimedia -- Interactivity Tools

Multimedia -- Interactivity Tools

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Published by Deb Wenger
TX Watchdog's Lynn Walsh presentation to the 2011 SPJ Reporters Institute.
TX Watchdog's Lynn Walsh presentation to the 2011 SPJ Reporters Institute.

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Published by: Deb Wenger on Jul 13, 2011
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Interactive Tools

Maps and Data 

How to find data: 

Trade groups have great data
‡ AAA, National Association of Relators

When googling use ³filetype: csv´  Public Information Requests
‡ Ask for the information to be given to you in excel format or .csv

Google Spreadsheets 

Great alternative to excel
Hard to use for large amounts of information though  Makes it is easy to create bar graphs and other charts  Easy to embed and share  Example: 

‡ Create a chart ‡ Create a Google Gadget (searchable database)

Google Spreadsheets
Line charts are for single events/values  Bar charts are good for multiple things  Use colors in the same color family  Never use 3D feature in charts 

Data Tools 

Google uses words from books throughout history and shows frequency of them  http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/  Give me a word or phrase 

Data Tools 

Word Clouds 

‡ http://www.wordle.net/ ‡ Let¶s try a word!
‡ Great thing is it can be embedded to websites


Google Maps
Legend should be on top  Create and add locations 

‡ ‡ ‡ ‡

Add pictures Add information Add images Easily shareable


Let¶s look at an example  

http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/01/HISD-HoustonIndependent-School-District-small-schoolsmap/1296004255.story http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0& msid=207487761683616649136.00049a6330942680a9c2d&ll= 29.756032,95.413513&spn=0.286132,0.439453&z=11&source=embed


Another Example:
http://www.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en& msa=0&msid=210731646112207339414.0004a5252b 717a69271a5&ll=29.743424,95.428135&spn=0.246937,0.299731&source=embed  Links to data: 

‡ Mapping: http://bit.ly/q1OfeY ‡ Spreadsheets: http://bit.ly/pZxANC

More Mapping Tools 

‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ http://geocommons.com/ Great for overlapping data Great to compare data http://geocommons.com/maps/79213 Let¶s try one
‡ Find a data set ‡ Add it to the map ‡ Upload your own

More Mapping Tools 


‡ Example:
‡ http://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=239471

‡ Let¶s make one! 

Also check out: 

Junk Charts:
‡ http://junkcharts.typepad.com/junk_charts/

100 Things to do with Google Maps:
‡ http://sites.google.com/site/gmapsmania/100thingstodowithgoogle mapsmashups

Many Eyes
http://www958.ibm.com/software/data/cognos/manyeyes/  Lots of data visualization opportunities  

Let¶s try one!


http://www.dipity.com/  Create interactive timelines 

‡ Let¶s make one!

Google Fusion Tables 

Great resource to allow for comments
http://www.google.com/fusiontables/Home  Let¶s look at a few  Let¶s create one 

Creates widgets for your site  Video, photos, words, links  http://www.liquida.com/widget/  Let¶s make one 

Hoot Suite
Twitter manager  Great for saving searches and embedding them on a website  www.hootesuite.com  

Let¶s try it!

Consider Layar 


Let¶s try it!
Using a story from the following list, create a map or table, timeline, word cloud, etc.  You could also: 

Create a map of St. Pete nightlife spots  A timeline of NASA¶s last launch  News of the World scandal 

Stay in touch
Lynn.k.walsh@gmail.com  @lwalsh 

Debora.wenger@gmail.com  www.Advancingthestory.com 

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