So…..

The issues with embedding from Tableau are annoying, and have been annoying me. I know how much time these things can suck out of the limited time-receptacle that contains thesis production, so I really want to fix this asap.

My feeling was that this is an issue of WordPress.com vs WordPress.org. There is very little option for customisation of WordPress.com beyond the themes and options provided, and there is no facility to adjust CSS, without paying a fee, and frankly, if I’m going to pay for the privilege of tweaking the CSS I’d much rather pay for full hosting instead of just an add-on.

So, I decided to check it out by posting the embed code to my academic website, also WordPress, but hosted by Reclaim Hosting. It worked perfectly, fully embedded and interactive as it should be. Great. Ish.

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No silly arrow, no display issues, link here: http://continuousflux.com/uncategorized/testing-testing-123/

The question now is what to do? Do I just pay for hosting, or persevere with a less-than perfect product which fails to do one of the most basic things a website should do?

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Slog

It seems the process is never easy; never straightforward. I have created some really visually impactful data visualisations using Tableau Public, but the embedding is proving to be an irritation. The embeddd data visualisations come up with a “play” type arrow in the centre, but the arrow does nothing, and obscures the view and use of the embedded image.

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I have played around with the theme to see if it’s just because of space, but that doesn’t seem to make any difference.

Right now, it seems the best solution that will allow me to just get on with it is to use a picture of the data viz, and then provide the link to Tableau underneath, but that’s not ideal, and it’s not what I wanted.

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I definately didn’t have this problem the last time I embedded from Tableau.

It’s a slog to get these niggles ironed out, an irritating slog.

The Map Zone

Getting in the map zone now. Once I have all the data viz I need I can actually start putting the data journalism piece together.

Improved Water Source, % of population with access

var divElement = document.getElementById(‘viz1501595991275’); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName(‘object’)[0]; vizElement.style.width=’100%’;vizElement.style.height=(divElement.offsetWidth*0.75)+’px’; var scriptElement = document.createElement(‘script’); scriptElement.src = ‘https://public.tableau.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js’; vizElement.parentNode.insertBefore(scriptElement, vizElement);

Groups of Data

An interesting development is in the combinations of data available, and the implications of that. I have found data about alternative and nuclear energy lumped together, and also about communicable diseases and nutrition conditions. While I understand there is some logic to these groupings, it also skews the data. As far as I am concerned, nuclear energy should not be considered “ethical” or environmentally sustainable, it produces huge amounts of impossible to dispose of waste, and has lasting consequences for the environment and for human health. The only connecting factor here is that the fuel types are not fossil fuels, but unless we can see the breakdown within that data, we can’t really get a clear picture of ethical, environmentally sustainable energy use.

In other news, I created a gorgeous map using Tableau, but it won’t let me save it. Typical.

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More Maps

So it seems creating maps with the World Bank data viz tool is easy, and I really like the tool. It doesn’t mess about, and unlike many tools I have used, (Datawrapper, Tableau Public, Open Heat Maps, and more) it seems to be quite intuitive.

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The maps are lovely, but it just will not let me properly download them, and only seems to allow saving within the website, which is really frustrating.

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If I could download or embed these maps, then I would absolutely use this tool and all the data from this website for my final piece, because they are some of the most visually attractive I have come across. Combine that with the ease of creation and lack of need for the laborious and somewhat soul-destroying task of data cleaning, then this tool would win hands down.

Nothing is ever easy in the world of data viz. Who said robots were set to take over the world? Not yet, not yet…..

Beautiful Maps

Screenshot (194)Screenshot (195)I’ve already managed to create some beautiful data visualisations as maps using the World Bank website and data viz tool. unfortunately, the site is not letting me create an account so that I can download and save these maps. I will have to keep trying. Based on experience with data viz from a previous project, creating maps this easily is not necessarily the norm, so I will stick with this tool and these datasets, as they are already “clean” and compatible with each other.