Motor vehicle occupant deaths increased by 46 percent from 2011 to last year, NYC DOT said today, as the agency emphasized the need for automated enforcement with the release of 2012 traffic fatality counts.
If your interested in the life of Nicholas Feltron, or just want to enjoy some compelling infographics, somewhere in February-March, one can look forward to the next version of the Feltron year report. It is then good to know that today, the 2012 version [feltron.com] has been released.
These color maps of Jupiter were constructed from images taken by the narrow-angle camera onboard NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 11 and 12, 2000, as the spacecraft neared Jupiter during its flyby of the giant planet. Cassini was on its way to Saturn. They are the most detailed global color maps of Jupiter ever produced. The smallest visible features are about 120 kilometers (75 miles) across.
The maps are composed of 36 images: a pair of images covering Jupiter’s northern and southern hemispheres was acquired in two colors every hour for nine hours as Jupiter rotated beneath the spacecraft. Although the raw images are in just two colors, 750 nanometers (near-infrared) and 451 nanometers (blue), the map’s colors are close to those the human eye would see when gazing at Jupiter.
Last year, Cities named ten of its favorite metro datasets of 2011 from cities across North America, illustrating the breadth of what we might learn (regarding mosquito traps! misplaced vehicles! energy consumption!) in the still relatively young field of urban open data. For this year’s installment, we’re going one step further. Sure, raw data is great. But useful tools, maps and data visualizations built with said data are even better.
The New York Times recently examined the body language of the US presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. For the motion capture and gesture recognition they partnered with experts in movement analysis from the the NYU Movement Lab.
Related: Follow tonight’s Vice-Presidential Debate on Sunlight Live at 9pm EST.
Finally, a day before the first presidential debate, Yahoo! has pulled back the curtain on the Commission on Presidential Debates’ “The Voice Of…” online dashboard. It offers three options: “explore the issues,” “voice your view,” and “watch the debates.”
Of these, obviously the second one has the potential to be the most interesting. After you sign in, you are offered the opportunity to take a short series of multiple choice questions and share where you on topics like health care, energy, regulation, education, foreign affairs, terrorism jobs, taxes and federal spending. Then the app plugs your data into a bunch of bubbles, so you can see how you compare to other participants in the aggregate. A dynamic counter also show, in total, how many people have “shared their voice.”
How are House and Senate candidates’ war-chests faring this election cycle? The animations below show who has been pulling further ahead, and who has been closing fund-raising gaps as the races mature.
Infographic — ELECTION 2012: EARLY VOTING BY STATE
George Mason University professor Michael McDonald runs the United State Elections Projects and expects about 35 percent of voters to cast their ballots early this year. Find out your state’s voting schedule and registration deadlines here.
Andrew Cohen has been doing a formidable job of covering what is otherwise a substantially under-covered theme in this election year: the efforts to disenfranchise large numbers of voters, especially in swing states. Here are four sample installments in recent months: last week, earlier this month, in late August, and another just before that. Plus, this interview with voting-rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis. Our Garrett Epps has also been on the case, recently and notably here and here.
During the Olympics, Studio NAND, Moritz Stefaner, and Drew Hemment tracked Twitter sentiment with Emoto. This interactive installation and data sculpture is the last leg of the project.